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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.
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So that is the review of the film, but why do I rate it five stars?
I clearly enjoyed the film but that is not why I rated it so well. I think this deserves five starts since I actually believe anyone going into health care delivery or management should watch this movie. Clearly the film is not some sort of cathartic life changing thing for most people, but I think it is a wonderful teaching tool to establish and demonstrate a proper attitude any healthcare professional should hope to learn and ultimately cultivate for themselves. If you are going into healthcare as a clinician (someone who puts their hands on a patient, recommends therapy or touches the patient chart) or becoming a healthcare administrator, this movie serves both populations equally well since it is all about humanizing the patient, humanizing, whatever measured statistic is given, and humanizing the cost of care. This could simply be a useful starting point to introduce higher quality of care since it illustrates that the highest quality of care begins with how we treat one another which should have no end.
So to me, the five stars are deserving, not because of this being a cliche story, instead to me it deserves the rating since it illustrates that quality health care happens when we think of each others as humans and treat them that way.
I think a lot of these ideas are enforced and expanded upon by the Studder Group, the book Why Hospitals Should Fly, by Nance, and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Lencioni. There are of course many more books that discuss these ideas and how to implement them, but really, the transformation the lead character goes through in the film is powerful enough to let people witness what High Quality Healthcare is all about.
Lastly, this could also be useful for patients in approaching their physicians if they feel like they have been mistreated by them. The film somewhat summarizes a lot of the day to day stress physicians experience and shows what compassionate care is. The film could also simply help be a starting ground for talking with your doctor about being treated better. And if you are having a horrible experience with a physician, as always, get a second opinion.
As other reviewers have stated, this is an insightful, thought provoking movie designed to get the viewer to think about how we treat other people- making it much more than a story about a surgeon who develops a growth on his vocal cords.
The movie has some great laughs-- which I won't spoil here-- as well as some very tender, very tearful moments. Watching Hurt move the character through the movie, watching him experience things as the real doctor- Ed Rosenbaum, MD did. The producers and directors did a superb job of turning an autobiography into a highly watchable Hollywood story. The scene where Hurt confronts the ENT who was (mis)treating him, asks for his chart and takes his business elsewhere was very, very well done. More people need to recognize that they always have the option of changing physicians-- because working with a doctor who recognizes you as a human being (and treats ALL of you, not just the symptoms) is just as important as finding a doctor who can treat your ailment.
If you're looking for a movie you can watch with your spouse, your parents, or even your teens, watch this one. It's become one of my favorites.
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The ending will touch your heart and soul.