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The Doctor (1991)

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Release Date
• USA: Jul 24, 1991
DVD Release Date
• R1: Apr 6, 2004
• R2: 19 Jul 2004

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Running Time
2 hours, 2 minutes

Country USA

Studio Buena Vista, Silver Screen Partners IV, Touchstone Pictures

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• The Doctor

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Genre: Drama, Doctor, True Story, Psychodrama, Tear Jerker

Tagline: He was a doctor who thought he knew it all... until he became a patient.

Plot: 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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 Directed by
Randa Haines
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 Written by
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 Music By
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