New York Times - 10/13/2000
"...Mr. Altman is an unmatched choreographer of life's chaos....[The film] gives the actors room to do some wonderful work..."
USA Today - 10/13/2000
"...Richard Gere [gives] the most appealing and probably best performance of his career....The movie takes on some of the ensemble glories of Altman's underrated A WEDDING..." -- 3.5 out of 4 stars
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 11/01/2000
"...Some of this new film shows Altman at his best....Gere gives a deft performance..."
Variety - 09/04/2000
"...A gently provocative character study and social portrait....Richard Gere's most accessible and sympathetic performance in memory..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/13/2000
"...Mellow yet sneaky....A funny and ebullient look at a man in full confusion." -- Rating: B+
Rolling Stone - 10/26/2000
"...Altman orchestrates Dr. T's odyssey with the precision, heart and lively wit of a virtuoso..."
Hollywood Reporter - 09/05/2000
"...Nobody can choreograph chaos quite like Robert Altman....Hudson and Reid are terrific..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/13/2000
"...Rapp is clearly in sync with Altman's peerless sense of rhythm and knows how to write incisively and economically for Altman's cherished large ensemble cast..."
Uncut - 08/01/2001
"A breathtaking black comedy in the company of women; a slice of heightened life."
Robert Altman follows up the good-natured COOKIE'S FORTUNE with this biting satire of an upper-class elitist Dallas community. Richard Gere plays Sullivan "Sully" Travis (better known as Dr. T), a man whose good looks and overflowing charm have made him the most popular gynecologist in all of Texas. Things begin to go wrong for Dr. T when his beautiful wife, Kate (Farrah Fawcett), begins to lose her sanity. He sends her to a mental hospital with the hopes of a full recovery, but her regression into childhood seems to be permanent. Adding to the mass confusion is an unexpected visit from his alcoholic sister-in-law, Peggy (Laura Dern), who brings along her three children, as well as the constant battles between Dr. T's two daughters: the soon-to-be-married Dee Dee (Kate Hudson) and the jealous Connie (Tara Reid). Upon meeting his country club's new assistant golf pro, Bree (Helen Hunt), Dr. T finally feels like he's met his match--a beautiful, independent woman who has no desire to be swept off her feet. Trying to juggle the pressures of his personal and professional life, Dr. T's recent problems culminate on Dee Dee's rain-soaked wedding day. Working again with screenwriter Anne Rapp, Altman closes his sprawling comedy with an utterly outrageous yet genuinely optimistic finale.
Theatrical Release |
Theatrical release: October 13, 2000.
Filmed on location in and around Dallas, Texas.
This is the second consecutive collaboration between former script supervisor Anne Rapp and Altman.
The hospital where Farrah Fawcett's character is sent is called the Eggenweiler Institute, a reference to Altman's former associate producer Robert Eggenweiler, who passed away in 1999.
Altman's film made $5 million in its opening weekend, placing it seventh in the box-office race.