Wit

Wit

Director: Mike Nichols Cast: Emma Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Atkins

Overview

Mike Nichols directs Emma Thompson in this made-for-cable adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Margaret Edson. Thompson plays Vivian Bearing, a college professor who teaches a course on English poetry. Vivian learns that she has advanced ovarian cancer and only a short time to live, which gives her a sudden and dramatic insight into the importance of kindness and compassion. Wit also features Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Atkins, Audra McDonald, and Jonathan Woodward as Dr. Jason Posner, a former student of Vivian's who helps treat her.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2002
UPC: 0026359178139
Original Release: 2001
Rating: PG-13
Source: Hbo Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emma Thompson Vivian Bearing
Christopher Lloyd Dr. Harvey Kelekian
Eileen Atkins E. M. Ashford
Audra McDonald Susie Monahan
Harold Pinter Mr. Bearing
Jonathan M. Woodward Dr. Jason Posner

Technical Credits
Mike Nichols Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
John Bloom Editor
Simon Bosanquet Producer
Cary Brokaw Executive Producer
David John & the Mood Sound Mixer
Linda de Vetta Makeup
Henryk Mikolaj Górecki Score Composer
J. Roy Helland Makeup
Julie Lynn Co-producer
Seamus Mcgarvey Cinematographer
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Emma Thompson Screenwriter
Stuart Wurtzel Production Designer

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Wit 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
mishawaka-bookie More than 1 year ago
"Wit" draws you in from the beginning with it's intelligence. Lucky us.The creative collaboration of director Mike Nichols with Emma Thompson and their screen play is simply brilliant. He brought aged wisdom & she matched-pointed with wit and street smarts.The whole piece folds out into life's honesty.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent movie for teaching and learning about the dying patient. It shows what not to do and at the same time how to approach the dying patient. I show it in every course I teach on palliative/end of life care. It's an absolute must and needs to be included in every medical school's curriculum. What a wonderful movie! It is so sensitive and gives incredible insight into the dying process. Well done HBO for having the courage to make this movie.
wenvirly More than 1 year ago
THIS MOVIE IS FROM A PLAY OF THE SAME NAME, AND DOES NOT TAKE A LOT OF CINEMATIC LIBERTIES; THE MAIN CHARACTER OFTEN TURNS TO ADDRESS THE 'AUDIENCE' DIRECTLY. EMMA THOMPSON IS WONDERFUL AS USUAL, PLAYING THE ROLE OF A COMPETETIVE MIDDLE AGED FEMALE ACADEMIC, WHO GAINS INSIGHT INTO HER OWN PERSONALITY AND BEHAVIOR WHILE BEING TREATED FOR CANCER AT AN ACADEMIC INSTITUTION. GENUINE PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL STRUGGLE, EMPLOYING INTERESTINGLY ORCHESTRATED FLASH BACKS, AND DRY HUMOR. AS A PHYSICIAN, I FOUND THE DOCTORS A LITTLE OVER-THE-TOP IN THEIR INSENSITIVITY, BUT I HAVE NEVER WORKED AT THE EQUIVALENT OF A SLOAN-KETTERING-TYPE CANCER RESEARCH INSTITUTE. A GOOD FILM FOR ANYONE INVOLVED IN HEALTHCARE, INCLUDING PASTORAL CARE, ESPECIALLY THOSE INVOLVED WITH THE TERMINALLY ILL. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR ANYONE CURRENTLY OR RECENTLY GOING THROUGH CANCER TREATMENT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The wry direction of master director Mike Nichols in Wit makes it abundantly clear just how marvelously he can showcase the best of actors talents and their humanity. Emma Thompson's unwavering performance tugs at your heart as her character writes her own last chapter. By the end, you feel as though you've lost a loved one, which is a testament to the ability of this film to keep you with it. Through its uncomfortable silence, to its caustic commentary. It is unmatched in my opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this play in Washington, DC. The words and scenes touched my heart. She portrays the graphic side of being diagnosed with cancer and the resulting treatment of her by those in health care. A moving eye opener,
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Emma Thompson is flawless in this film. The way the story is told is riveting; I rode an emotional rollercoaster from laughter to indignation to utter grief as I witnessed Thompson's character grow, change, and finally succumb to her illness. It taught me lessons in how to treat human beings, and in how I would wish to be treated should I be confronted with the same eventuality. It prompted profound discussions with my husband and other family members.