The Doctor(Movie) My Essay

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This film portrays what happens to one member of the medical establishment when he faces problems normally confronted only by patients. Dr. Jack MacKee, a cool, self-centered surgeon who is in total control of his successful life until he is diagnosed as having cancer of the throat. Then he finds himself subject to the negligence, indifference, strict regulations, and humiliations which many have experienced in hospitals. Ignoring his wife, Jack seeks moral support from a woman dying of a brain tumor. June Ellis portrays this character as a healer who restores Jack to life — and to a new vision of what it means to be a doctor. The film gives us a fresh appreciation of the dynamic interplay between mind, body, and soul in the art of…show more content…
Jack suddenly finds himself in the lowly position of being...a patient. As he discovers, and as anyone who has ever been hospitalized can attest, a modern medical center is at once the most maddening and the most comically democratic of institutions. With a few exceptions (say, U.S. Presidents), everyone is subject to the same bureaucratic inefficiency, the same wheelchair when you can walk perfectly well, the same cheery impersonality when the doctors make their rounds. Haines directs with a spry, delicate touch, capturing the full comic ghastliness of the experience. Though it's likely that a surgeon as prominent as Jack would get preferential treatment in certain quarters, his outrage at being reduced to one of the herd rings devastatingly true; it anchors the entire drama. The cruel irony of Jack's ordeal becomes an extension of how most of us feel if a serious illness strikes — that we've been made the plaything of some prankster god. The Doctor is far from flawless. When Jack meets a fellow patient, June (Elizabeth Perkins), who is suffering from an advanced brain tumor, the two talk, bond, and take a mystical trip to the desert. We're to understand that Jack can no longer open up to his wife. Yet even if that's true, the marriage needs to be sketched in more. The vibrant Christine Lahti is saddled with a drastically underwritten part; her character just seems like a well-meaning (and slightly shrill)
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