Wit (2001)
March 1, 2023 9:41 PM - Subscribe

A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.

Professor Vivian Bearing (Emma Thompson), an expert on the work of 17th-century British poet John Donne, has spent her adult life contemplating religion and death as literary motifs. Diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer, she consents to an aggressive and experimental form of chemotherapy administered by Dr. Kelekian (Christopher Lloyd) and his assistant, Dr. Posner (Jonathan M. Woodward), her former student. Facing death on a personal level, she reflects on her life and work.

Adapted from the play "Wit," winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.


Director: Mike Nichols

Writers: Margaret Edson, Emma Thompson, Mike Nichols

Stars: Emma Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Atkins

Emmy Awards 2001
Outstanding Made for Television Movie
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special
Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special

83% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

posted by Marky (1 comment total)
I loved this film. Top stuff. It was a hard watch though. And I only watched it because Jonathon Woodward was a notable guest actor in three Whedon shows back in the day. (Shallow much? Don't answer that.) Turned out to be a good choice.
posted by Coaticass at 11:40 PM on March 2

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