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Captain Newman, M.D. (1963)

Gregory Peck , Tony Curtis , David Miller  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson, Bobby Darin
  • Directors: David Miller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004I1K05C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,247 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Captain Newman, M.D." on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Gregory Peck leads an all-star cast in Captain Newman, M.D., a realistic look at life and love inside a stateside military hospital's psychiatric ward during World War II. The Academy Award nominated comedy-drama follows the affable Captain Newman as he uses both humor and compassion to reach patients whose wartime injuries plague their minds instead of their bodies. Co-starring Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson, Eddie Albert and Bobby Darin, this critically-acclaimed film is just what the doctor ordered!

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Newman, M.D. May 22, 2003
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While its true that "To Kill a Mockingbird" overshadows "Captain Newman, M.D." in the popular consciousness of Gregory Peck's work, I believe the latter ranks among his best work. A psychologist in charge of a stateside U.S. Army Air Corps mental hospital, Captain Newman and his staff struggle to treat aviators shattered by their combat experiences in the European Theater of Operations. The supporting cast is excellent, and while there's plenty of humor in "Captain Newman", the script doesn't shy away from the wrenching impact of war upon the human psyche. Look for young Robert Duvall as a speechless veteran in a small part that, ironically, reprises the role he had in "To Kill a Mockingbird". This classic oughta be available on DVD!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent comedy-drama May 30, 1999
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A precursor of sorts to "M*A*S*H" in that it takes a somewhat critical view of the military establishment, "Captain Newman M.D." is an intelligent comedy-drama with Gregory Peck as a military psychiatrist beset by a variety of troubled patients, most notably a traumatized corporal played by singer Bobby Darin who received a well-deserved best supporting actor Oscar nomination for his splendid work here. Peck is good, too, bringing his trademark blend of stoic pride and quiet compassion to the title role. The comedy, most of it provided by conman Tony Curtis, doesn't always blend smoothly with the drama, but the cast keeps this generally absorbing film on a mostly steady track throughout.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Gregory Peck's best.. January 16, 2005
By Zack H.
Format:VHS Tape
and yet, this SUPERB film isn't on DVD! ARGH!!!!

Dr. Josiah Newman (Gregory Peck) runs the psychiatric unit of a U.S. Military Hospital during WWII. Short of help, Newman coerces newly arrived neurotic orderly Jackson Leibowitz (Tony Curtis) to work in his ward. Leibowitz's scheming & humor quickly turns life inside the ward upside down. Newman, while amused, tries to maintain a semblance of order. Newman's other recruit to the ward is nurse Lt. Francie Corum (Angie Dickinson). Corum is at first shocked by what she sees in the ward, but admires the compassionate & effective way in which Newman deals with each of his patients. Together Newman & Corum help a variety of patients with war related psychological traumas, while they themselves struggle with the dilema of healing these soldiers so they can be sent back into battle to face possible death.

At the time of the writing of this review, you can only get this on VHS (if you're lucky), and catch it on AMC. I really wish this was on DVD. I'd buy it in a HEARTBEAT.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gregory Peck's Captain Newman, M.D. June 1, 2000
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I've reviewed Gregory Peck's Twelve O'Clock High (see that in, which I argue was really based on Viscount Air Marshall T. Harris ("Bomber" Harris) - see my review of the latter. Gregory Peck has a habit of doing only Class Act movies, which for the benefit of the "Cool Alpha-Wave" generation means Only the Best. Not many people recall now that Captain Newman, M.D. was based on a real story - the story of Beaumont Military Hospital in Beaumont, Texas (near El Paso). I've argued in many of my reviews for greater public funding for the U.S. Veterans Administration, and Captain Newman, M.D. is better than all of my arguments. There really were and are devoted Army Psychiatrists like Captain Newman - a true Man for All Seasons, and devoted and ingenious assistants like his, and perhaps most important, Veterans in and out of the hospitals who gave their lives and their health for us.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Darin Steals The Show!!! November 23, 2004
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This film is an excellent mix of drama and comedy, loaded with pathos. Gregory Peck looks and acts like a wooden board (doen't he always?), but in this particlualr role his normally drab persona actually fits. While admittedly funny, Tony Curtis goes a bit over the top by portraying Corporal Liebowitz in a stereotypical Jewish vein. Eddie Albert is excellent. But the actor who shines brightest is Bobby Darin, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in this film. As shellshocked flier Jim Thompkins, Darin peforms as admirably as he did in "Pressure Point." He was a great talent, alleged histrionics and all. Try picturing the inanimate Peck or the Brooklynese Curtis (who, in dramtic roles never came off as believable) playing Thompkins in the sodium pentathol scene and you'll quickly realize how versatile Darin was as an actor and entertainer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it May 17, 2004
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Unlike others who describe it as "mawkish," I thought it well-played and compelling.
Bobby Darin's part has been described as overplayed, and it may have been. If so, It did not detract, and in fact extra histrionics was called for by the part he played, to make the story believable.
This was a film about a psychiatric ward in a Western desert (Arizona) military hospital during the Second World War, filled with Army Air Corps veterans and their problems, mostly caused by the stress of combat in both the European and Pacific theaters.
Captain Newman (Gregory Peck), was the hero. Angie Dickinson and Tony Curtis did a superb job supporting, and Eddie Albert--an actual WWII combat hero-- and others did a great job as well. This one came out in 1963, and was greeted with critical acclaim at the time of its release.
One flaw--not a serious one--in Albert's part (Colonel Bliss) is the suggestion that he would receive a medical discharge. A bird colonel, almost certainly a professional, in the real world would have received a physical evaluation board's recommendation, and been granted temporary disability retirement, followed five years later by re-evaluation and permanent retirement. I did. The services treat their people better than simply dumping them. The explanation involving such a development would, no doubt, have been too time-consuming for mere movie entertainment.
Also, from the script it would seem that they relied on sodium pentothal ("flak juice") a lot in those days. It was, of course, used as a "truth serum" (and still is), but is also a widely used general anaesthetic in major surgery. I wonder whether it was as widely used as described, in psychiatric cases. I often wonder how accurate such details are in describing the reality of history.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Published 10 days ago by Stoney
5.0 out of 5 stars All-Star Cast - great story.
Have always loved this movie. Wonderful portrayals by this all-star cast - Gregory Peck, Angie Dickensen, Robert Duvall, Tony Curtis, Eddie Albert, Bobbie Darin, and more.
Published 1 month ago by Yankee in Texas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Gregory Peck and Tony Curtis story
Published 1 month ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars A look at WW II combat mental health issues that remain current today.
I had watched Captain Newman MD on VHS many years ago. Following a conversation with friends about PSTD in WWI II, I bought the movie on DVD. No one called it PSTD in WW II. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Pittman
4.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Darin never ceases to amaze
While Gregory Peck,Tony Curtis, and Eddie Albert never disappoint with their stellar performances, Bobby Darin proved his versatility in this movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kay M. Gleason
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie
great movie good cast one of gregory pecks best acted movies bobby darrin was great tony curtis was funny. was a movie i saw at the show many years ago
Published 3 months ago by JAMES E LELLOS
4.0 out of 5 stars When they were very young
I discovered this movie years ago on the late late show and I was thrilled to find it available on DVD. It has grit, warmth, comedy, tragedy and all from most unexpected sources. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dawnstuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
The excellent drama and comedy in this movie is only the beginning of the list that makes this movie outstanding. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Frey
5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet Film
This is good on so many levels. Classic movie stars, world war 2 subject. Funny and sad. We loved it.
Published 4 months ago by martha
4.0 out of 5 stars not your typical war movie
I like Gregory Peck, and he does a good job in portraying his character and making him believable. There are a number of other big names from Hollywood throughout this movie, and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Scott S.
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