Captain Newman, M.D. (1963)





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Set in a VA psych ward towards the end of WW II, this drama chronicles the attempts of the staff psychiatrist to help three deeply troubled veterans. His task is made more difficult by mountains of red-tape and military guidelines. One of his patients is a guilt-ridden pilot convinced that he is a treacherous coward. Another is a colonel who cannot live with the fact that he is responsible for the deaths of many young men. Finally, there is a man who has been deeply traumatized after spending 12 months hiding out in a basement surrounded by Nazis.
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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Gregory Peck
as Capt. Josiah J. Newman, M.D.
Tony Curtis
as Cpl. Jackson Leibowitz
Bobby Darin
as Cpl. Jim Tompkins
Angie Dickinson
as Lt. Francie Corum
Eddie Albert
as Col. Bliss
James Gregory
as Col. Fyser
Bethel Leslie
as Helene Winston
Jane Withers
as Lt. Grace Blodgett
Dick Sargent
as Lt. Alderson
Larry Storch
as Gavoni
Robert F. Simon
as Lt. Col. Larrabee
Robert Simon
as Lt. Col. Larrabee
Syl Lamont
as Sgt. Kopp
Paul Can
as Werbel
Vito Scotti
as Maj. Alfredo Fortuno
Crahan Denton
as Maj. Gen. Snowden
Graham Denton
as Maj. Gen. Snowden
Gregory Walcott
as Capt. Howard
Robert Duvall
as Capt. Paul Cabot Winston
Penny Santon
as Waitress at Blue Grotto
Ted Bessel
as Carrozzo
Barry Atwater
as Maj. Dawes
Ann Doran
as Mrs. Pyser
Joseph Walsh
as Maccarades
Byron Morrow
as Hollingshead
David Landfield
as Corporal
John Hart
as Officer
Sammy Reese
as Haskell
Ted Bessell
as Carrozzo
Martin West
as Patient
Robert Strong
as Chaplain
David Winters
as Patient
Marc Cavell
as Patient
Seamon Glass
as Patient
Jack Grinnage
as Patient
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Critic Reviews for Captain Newman, M.D.

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Bobby Darin received his first and only Oscar nomination for playing a shell-shocked soldier-patient under the care of Gregory Peck's military psychiatrist.

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Audience Reviews for Captain Newman, M.D.


It was an alright film. It was not a film I would want to see often. It had it's moments. It had a lot of famous actors in it. It was an okey film.


This is the story of a military doctor working at a mental hospital in Arizona catering to soldiers during World War II, and all of the various tuff he has to deal with, from suffering patients, to an oddball new orderly, and a relationship with one of the nurses. The thing that immediately caught my attention was the cast: Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson, Eddie Albert. Dick Sargenym and supporting roles by Bobby Darin and Robert Duvall. The cast alone makes this a hell of a picture. It's not just the cast, though. There's a good story here. It's a nice little melodrama typical of the times filled with humor, romance, and sadness, but the cast holds it together. I was really happy with how they were able to blend the laughs with some of the more serious stuff and keep it from being too corny. The cast are great, and so are their performances. Peck is in typical Peck mode, but that's just fine. Curtis is a real scene stealer, providing some of the best laugh moments, a lot of which are caused just because of goofy faces he makes. The real drama is brought by Darin, Albert, and Duvall who all have some terrific moments of real, moving acting. This is just a nice good old fashioned film, but that's okay. I liked it. It's entertaining, yet it tries to do a little more.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

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An excellent cast performing well, but there are simply too many characters jammed into this story, and as a result none is very well developed. With no central character arc or plotline, the film lacks momentum, which really hurts given the 126-minute runtime.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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