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The Doctor

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Surgeon Jack MacKee (William Hurt) has long learned to examine his patients not as people but as specimens. In an ironic reversal of professional perspective, the unfeeling doctor learns that he has cancer and realizes the businesslike treatment he has always doled out does nothing to encourage his -- or anyone's -- recovery. While forging a special bond with fellow cancer victim June (Elizabeth Perkins), Jack begins to discover the healing powers of love and compassion.

    Based on the autobiographical book A TASTE OF MY OWN MEDICINE by Dr. Ed Rosenbaum, DOCTOR is a plausible film. It captures the shortcomings of a mechanized health care industry. Mandy Patinkin is delivers a charming performance as the MacKee's rival surgeon, Murray. Director Randa Haines sets a qualitative standard in this hospital melodrama. The cinematography, story, and acting are all flawless.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2927703

  • Credits
    William Hurt, Elizabeth Perkins, Christine Lahti, Mandy Patinkin, Adam Arkin
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Hurt is an exceptional actor who manages MacKee's descent into hospital hell with rare subtlety and power..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Elizabeth Perkins matches Hurt in the angry sensitivity of her performance..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Moving and psychologically credible....THE DOCTOR is '91's most pleasant surprise..."
    USA Today

    "...The filmmakers couldn't have made a better choice than William Hurt....He makes his character's change of heart believable..."
    Los Angeles Times

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