The Doctor (1991)

PG-13   |    |  Drama


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When a self-centered doctor is diagnosed with cancer, he becomes better able to empathize with his patients and appreciate a life outside his career.


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  • William Hurt and Charlie Korsmo in The Doctor (1991)
  • William Hurt and Adam Arkin in The Doctor (1991)
  • William Hurt and Christine Lahti in The Doctor (1991)
  • William Hurt and Elizabeth Perkins in The Doctor (1991)
  • William Hurt and Christine Lahti in The Doctor (1991)
  • William Hurt in The Doctor (1991)

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10 June 2006 | chatterbug2k1
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| Excellent View from the Other Side
The Doctor may not be the most moving, most influential, or best portrayed movie of all time, but it certainly should rank near the top of the best medical movies of all time. The story is about Dr. Jack MacKee (William Hurt), an arrogant heart surgeon whose believes that doctors should "Get in, fix it, and get out". However, when he finds himself diagnosed with cancer, he must see the system from the other side - a mechanized, unsympathetic system where the patient's comfort is the least concern. The story complicates when he befriends a fellow cancer patient, June Ellis (Elizabeth Perkins), who proves to be an inspirational figure in Jack's battle against cancer.

The movie could be deemed a transformation story. At first, Jack is an unlovable character - the doctor we all wish we didn't have. However, as he continues through his ordeal, his attitude begins to change. It is a profound change, and provides for many deep, moving scenes.

The story itself is not complicated, and is easy to follow. The acting, however, is top notch, and makes for a terrific movie. I would recommend it to anybody.

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