Wit

2001

Wit

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83%

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Total Count: 12

91%

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Mike Nichols directs Emma Thompson in this made-for-cable adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Margaret Edson. Thompson plays Vivian Bearing, a college professor who teaches a course on English poetry. Vivian learns that she has advanced ovarian cancer and only a short time to live, which gives her a sudden and dramatic insight into the importance of kindness and compassion. Wit also features Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Atkins, Audra McDonald, and Jonathan Woodward as Dr. Jason Posner, a former student of Vivian's who helps treat her.

Cast

Emma Thompson
as Dr. Vivian Bearing
Audra McDonald
as Nurse Susie Monahan
Christopher Lloyd
as Dr. Harvey Kelekian
Eileen Atkins
as E.M. Ashford
Jonathan M. Woodward
as Dr. Jason Posner
Harold Pinter
as Mr. Bearing
Rebecca Laurie
as Vivian (age 5)
Raffaello Degruttola
as Technician No. 1
Miquel Brown
as Technician No. 2
Harry Dillon
as Fellow No. 1
Benedict Wong
as Fellow No. 2
Alex Gregor
as Fellow No. 3
Lachele Carl
as Fellow No. 4
David Menkin
as Student No. 1
Rachel Siegel
as Student No. 2
Shauna Shim
as Student No. 3
Matt Blair
as Student No. 4
David Zayas
as Code Team Blue Head
Tassia Messimeris
as Code Team Blue No. 2
Norman Naudain
as Code Team Blue No. 3
Emma Bernbach
as Code Team Blue No. 4
Jenny Jules
as Code Team Blue No. 5
Gary Beadle
as Code Team Blue No. 6
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Critic Reviews for Wit

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for Wit

  • May 02, 2013
    A bit of a labor of love for Thompson and Nichols who co-wrote the screenplay about a hardnosed, uncompromising English scholar who's diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer, and because of this, desperate for the human contact she previously disrespected. Often gloomy and slow, the saving grace is Nichol's gentle and caring presentation of Thompson's heartfelt. performance
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2011
    I've seen this twice and I loved it both times. It's a real emotional kick in the pants, especially the orange popsicle scene right before the DNR climax. Also, Jonathan Woodward is absurdly good looking in this film, though he is not usually in other things he does.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2010
    This is a great movie. Tender, captivating, and sometimes funny. Makes you really care and as humans we shouldn't really take life just for granted.
    Brian R Super Reviewer
  • May 13, 2008
    In the great tradition of tv movies, this is one of the better ones I've seen. Emma Thompson gives her best performance as a professer of John Donne poetry who is dieing of cancer. The film may move too quickly (it was based on a play and I think a lot was cut) but there are some beautiful moments, as when a former teacher comes to visit Thompson's character on her last few hours and reads The Runaway Bunny, and refers to it as a analogy for the soul. Also the use of Donnes poetry (seeing as how the man always wrote of death) as a way to come to terms with everything is very powerful. It's a very sad and moving film.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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