The Doctor may not be the most moving, most influential, or best
portrayed movie of all time, but it certainly should rank near the top
of the best medical movies of all time. The story is about Dr. Jack
MacKee (William Hurt), an arrogant heart surgeon whose believes that
doctors should "Get in, fix it, and get out". However, when he finds
himself diagnosed with cancer, he must see the system from the other
side - a mechanized, unsympathetic system where the patient's comfort
is the least concern. The story complicates when he befriends a fellow
cancer patient, June Ellis (Elizabeth Perkins), who proves to be an
inspirational figure in Jack's battle against cancer.
The movie could be deemed a transformation story. At first, Jack is an unlovable character - the doctor we all wish we didn't have. However, as he continues through his ordeal, his attitude begins to change. It is a profound change, and provides for many deep, moving scenes.
The story itself is not complicated, and is easy to follow. The acting, however, is top notch, and makes for a terrific movie. I would recommend it to anybody.
Action / Drama
Action / Drama
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.
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