- Rated: PG-13
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 14, 2003
- Originally Released: 1991
- Label: Walt Disney Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Rolling Stone - 09/05/1991
"...Hurt is an exceptional actor who manages MacKee's descent into hospital hell with rare subtlety and power..."
Sight and Sound - 04/01/1992
"...Elizabeth Perkins matches Hurt in the angry sensitivity of her performance..."
USA Today - 07/24/1991
"...Moving and psychologically credible....THE DOCTOR is '91's most pleasant surprise..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/24/1991
"...The filmmakers couldn't have made a better choice than William Hurt....He makes his character's change of heart believable..."
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.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment:
Reunited for the first time since their Academy Award(R)-nominated CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, screen favorite William Hurt and director Randa Haines team up for another successful collaboration in THE DOCTOR. Oscar(R)-winning Hurt (Best Actor, 1986 -- KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN) joins Christine Lahti (RUNNING ON EMPTY), Mandy Patinkin (THE PRINCESS BRIDE), and Elizabeth Perkins (BIG) in the hit release that's been hailed as one of the must-see films of the year. It's the uplifting story of a man who becomes an extraordinary surgeon, as well as an extraordinary person, once he experiences firsthand what it's like being an ordinary patient. Touching hearts of critics and audiences alike, THE DOCTOR promises to entertain and inspire you from beginning to end.
Personal Triumph |
Theatrical Release |
- Director Randa Haines originally cast Warren Beatty in the role of Dr. Jack MacKee. Because of creative differences, however, Haines ultimately chose William Hurt for the part.
- Color by Technicolor. Prints by Eastman.