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A doctor finds out the hard way that there's more to medicine than skill in the operating theater in this emotional drama. Jack McKee (William Hurt) is a gifted but arrogant surgeon who cares little about the emotional welfare of his patients and is little more than a benign stranger to his wife Anne (Christine Lahti) and his son Nicky (Charlie Korsmo). Jack has been suffering from a nagging cough for some time, and when he begins coughing up blood one morning, he finally allows another doctor to take a look at him. The doctor discovers that Jack has a malignant tumor in his throat that could rob him of the ability to speak, or even kill him. Suddenly, Jack is a patient instead of a doctor, and he learns first hand about the long stretches in the waiting room, the indignity of filling out pointless forms, and the callous attitude of the professional medical community. Jack also gets to know June (Elizabeth Perkins), a terminal cancer patient whose joyous embrace of life as her time draws to a close is an inspiration to him. Restored to health, Jack is determined to be a more caring healer and strives to be a better husband and father, but his new lease on life also earns him an enemy in fellow surgeon Murray (Mandy Patinkin), who wants Jack to lie under oath for him in a major malpractice case; and a new respect for Eli (Adam Arkin), an ear-nose-throat man he used to ridicule for his empathetic treatment of his patients. The Doctor was based on the memoir of real-life surgeon Ed Rosenbaum, entitled "A Taste of My Own Medicine." ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:July 24, 1991


William Hurt
as Jack McKee
Christine Lahti
as Anne
Elizabeth Perkins
as June
Mandy Patinkin
as Murray
Adam Arkin
as Eli
Charlie Korsmo
as Nicky
Wendy Crewson
as Leslie Abbott
Bill Macy
as Al Cade
J.E. Freeman
as Ralph
William Marquez
as Mr. Maris
Kyle Secor
as Alan
Nicole Orth-Pallavicini
as Sarah
Tony Dean Fields
as Roger
Brian Markinson
as Michael
Maria Tirabassi
as Lonnie
Steven Gundry
as Heart Transplant Surgeon
Millie Slavin
as Carrie
Gail Neely
as Operating Room Nurse
John Miller
as Mr. Richards
Karen S. Gregan
as Dr. Abbot's Receptionist
Gregor Hesse
as Max
Nellye Leonard
as Nancy
Zoaunne Le Roy
as Ward Nurse
Michael O'Dwyer
as Builder
Jeris Poindexter
as Doctor in Hallway
Fran Bennett
as Admissions Secretary
Breon Gorman
as Joey's Mother
Derek Van Longshore
as Orderly
Susan Schelling
as O.R. Nurse
Sue Rihr
as Shirley
Ken Lerner
as Pete
Jusak Bernhard
as Record Clerk
Lynn Stalmaster
Ping Wu
as Jay-Jay
Adam Wylie
as Joey
Renee Victor
as Lucy
Cynthia Mason
as Barbara
Nicholas Frangakis
as Priest
Bruce Jarchow
as Tim
Lily Mariye
as Operating Room Nurse
John Marshall Jones
as Anthony
Woodryan Alexander
as O.R. Nurse
Stephen Moore
as Dominic
Nancy Parsons
as Laurie
Richard McKenzie
as Mr. Richards
Jonathan Kohl
as Anesthesiologist
Keith Polk
as Joe
Laurie Latham
as Kristin
Ross Eto
as 1st MRI Tech
Denis Heames
as Young Patient
Lillian Hurst
as Mrs. Maris
Zakes Mokae
Brandyn Artis
as Nurse Jane


Randa Haines
Ed Feldman
Laura Ziskin
Robert Caswell
Anthony Minghella
John Seale
Michael Convertino
Composer (Music Score)
Lisa Fruchtman
Bruce Green
Michael S. Glick
Production Designer
Ken Adam
Production Designer
Gary Fettis
Art Director
Michael S. Glick
Gary Fettis
Set Designer
Joe Tompkins
Costume Designer
Frank Ceglia
Special Effects
Michael S. Glick
Production Manager
Leonard Engelman
Matthew Mungle