7.0/10
4,829
28 user 20 critic

The Doctor (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama | 16 August 1991 (USA)
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.

Director:

Randa Haines

Writers:

Ed Rosenbaum (book) (as Ed Rosenbaum M.D.), Robert Caswell (screenplay)
Reviews
3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A new speech teacher at a school for the deaf falls in love with the janitor, a deaf woman speechless by choice.

Director: Randa Haines
Stars: William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie
Wit (TV Movie 2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Emma Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Atkins
Olivia (1983)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

An American engineer in London, who is helping to dismantle the London Bridge to be transported to Arizona, strikes up an acquaintance with a young British woman. Several years later he ... See full summary »

Director: Ulli Lommel
Stars: Suzanna Love, Robert Walker Jr., Jeff Winchester
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An emotionally distant writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after his son is killed and his marriage crumbles.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Stars: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A modernized version of the story which inspired Verdi's opera, "La Forza del Destino".

Director: Gregory Nava
Stars: William Hurt, Timothy Hutton, Melissa Leo
Something the Lord Made (TV Movie 2004)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Alan Rickman, Yasiin Bey, Kyra Sedgwick
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A brave longshoreman lingers on after being gunned down by 3 racketeers, as a determined assistant D.A. searches hard for fearful witnesses against the men.

Director: Arnold Laven
Stars: Richard Egan, Jan Sterling, Dan Duryea
Gorky Park (1983)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Moscow police officer investigates a vicious triple homicide and stumbles upon a high-level international political conspiracy.

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.

Director: Carl Franklin
Stars: Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger, William Hurt
Grand Canyon (1991)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The fates of several people are intertwining randomly. Their sympathy of each other faces multiple differences in their lifestyles.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Stars: Danny Glover, Kevin Kline, Steve Martin
Citizens Band (1977)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

This movie interlaces the stories of several characters in a small town united by their use of CB (citizen's band) radio. Paul LeMat is the local CB coordinator who has time for little else... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Paul Le Mat, Candy Clark, Bruce McGill
The Doctor (TV Movie 2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Director: David Nutter
Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Christine Lahti, Scott Foley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Jack
Christine Lahti ... Anne
Elizabeth Perkins ... June
Mandy Patinkin ... Murray
Adam Arkin ... Eli
Charlie Korsmo ... Nicky
Wendy Crewson ... Leslie Abbott
Bill Macy ... Al Cade
J.E. Freeman ... Ralph
William Marquez William Marquez ... Mr. Maris
Kyle Secor ... Alan
Nicole Orth-Pallavicini Nicole Orth-Pallavicini ... Sarah
Ping Wu ... Jay-Jay
Tony Fields ... Roger
Brian Markinson ... Michael
Edit

Storyline

Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, extremely self centred and he has no problems.... until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient's perspective, he realises that there is more to being a doctor than surgery and prescriptions, and more to life than serving only his own needs. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

An Uplifting Story About Finding New Meaning In Life. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doktor See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$165,392, 28 July 1991

Gross USA:

$38,120,905

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,120,905
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was first announced with Warren Beatty starring. See more »

Goofs

In a scene supposedly set on the roof of a San Francisco office building, between William Hurt and Elizabeth Perkins, well=known Los Angeles high-rises can be seen in the background. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jack MacKee: If I *ever* hear you describe a patient as "terminal" again, that's how you'll describe your career!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Animaniacs: Video Review/When Mice Ruled the Earth (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Up on the Roof
Written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Surprisingly good.
7 April 2005 | by Nimble-BirdSee all my reviews

The premise seemed a little too straightforward at first glance: Doctor becomes patient. But it is so well executed, you can't help but be drawn in. I kept suspecting it was going to turn sappy at any moment, but director Randa Haines does not hold back on the emotional awkwardness that comes from difficult situations. There is much less sentimentality than Haines' best-known film, Children of a Lesser God. And although Hurt is far less "charming" in this film than he was in that one, he actually is more watchable. The more difficult he becomes, the more interesting the film gets.

Another intriguing aspect of the film is the feelings Chritine Lahti's character experiences, from sympathy to anger, to jealousy, to feeling shut out, you name it. In fact, the film could have delved even deeper into their marital discord and it would not have lost me. For some this film may go down a little too easily, but I think the accessibility of the subject matter in this case is an asset.


11 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 28 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed