The Doctor (film)

The Doctor (film)

name =The Doctor

imdb_id =0101746
writer =Ed Rosenbaum (book),
Robert Caswell (screenplay)
starring =William Hurt,
Elizabeth Perkins
director =Randa Haines
producer =Laura Ziskin
music =Michael Convertino
cinematography =John Seale
editing =Lisa Fruchtman,
Bruce Green
distributor =Touchstone Pictures
released =July 24 1991
runtime =122 min.
language =English
budget =$38,000,000 (estimated)

"The Doctor" is a 1991 American film directed by Randa Haines and starring William Hurt as a doctor who undergoes a transformation in his views about life, illness and human relationships.


Dr. Jack MacKee (William Hurt) has it all: friends, success, money, and no worries - that is, until he is diagnosed with throat cancer.

He then experiences life as a patient, including the coldness and detachment of his former colleagues. He begins to empathize with the patient, which is a new experience for him.

Eventually, he returns to work, and begins immediately to drill into the new incoming interns (whom he has charge of) the perspective of the patient and the patient's experiences by making the new interns spend 72 hours as patients.

Primary cast

* William Hurt: Dr. Jack MacKee
* Christine Lahti: Anne MacKee
* Elizabeth Perkins: June Ellis
* Mandy Patinkin: Dr. Murray Kaplan
* Adam Arkin: Dr. Eli Blumfield
* Charlie Korsmo: Nicky MacKee
* Wendy Crewson: Dr. Leslie Abbott

Award (nominations)

* Young Artist Award for Best Family Feature Film - Drama


Adam Arkin, and Mandy Patinkin went on to play doctors (Neurologist Aaron Shutt, and Cardiologist Jeffrey Geiger, respectively) in the David E. Kelley series "Chicago Hope", and was joined in later seasons by Christine Lahti (Dr. Kate Austin).

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