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Wit (2001)




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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.


Emma Thompson
as Dr. Vivian Bearing
Audra McDonald
as Nurse Susie Monahan
Christopher Lloyd
as Dr. Harvey Kelekian
Eileen Atkins
as E.M. Ashford
Jonathan M. Woodward
as Dr. Jason Posner
Harold Pinter
as Mr. Bearing
Rebecca Laurie
as Vivian (age 5)
Raffaello Degruttola
as Technician No. 1
Miquel Brown
as Technician No. 2
Harry Dillon
as Fellow No. 1
Benedict Wong
as Fellow No. 2
Alex Gregor
as Fellow No. 3
Lachele Carl
as Fellow No. 4
David Menkin
as Student No. 1
Rachel Siegel
as Student No. 2
Shauna Shim
as Student No. 3
Matt Blair
as Student No. 4
David Zayas
as Code Team Blue Head
Tassia Messimeris
as Code Team Blue No. 2
Norman Naudain
as Code Team Blue No. 3
Emma Bernbach
as Code Team Blue No. 4
Jenny Jules
as Code Team Blue No. 5
Gary Beadle
as Code Team Blue No. 6
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Critic Reviews for Wit

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

From the Margaret Edson play that deserved its Pulitzer Prize, Mike Nichols has made a television movie that deserves not only an Emmy but our baffled gratitude as well.

February 5, 2018 | Full Review…

A shrewd and triumphant retooling of Margaret Edson's 1997 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Wit tempers its harrowing tale of an English literary scholar's fierce fight against ovarian cancer with a strong strain of the title trait.

July 7, 2010 | Full Review…

Thompson gives a real tour-de-force performance, moving professor Bearing from bemusement to curiousity, fear to confusion, anger to anguish with skilful subtlety

January 10, 2010 | Rating: 86/100 | Full Review…

The dour subject matter and director Mike Nichols' unflinching approach may make this a difficult viewing, but it is rewarding.

July 26, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A powerful drama about dying and death that will soften the heart of anyone who sees it.

November 6, 2001 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wit


A bit of a labor of love for Thompson and Nichols who co-wrote the screenplay about a hardnosed, uncompromising English scholar who's diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer, and because of this, desperate for the human contact she previously disrespected. Often gloomy and slow, the saving grace is Nichol's gentle and caring presentation of Thompson's heartfelt. performance

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


I've seen this twice and I loved it both times. It's a real emotional kick in the pants, especially the orange popsicle scene right before the DNR climax. Also, Jonathan Woodward is absurdly good looking in this film, though he is not usually in other things he does.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

Beautiful work by Emma Thompson and Audra McDonald but profoundly sad. More to be appreciated than enjoyed. Lovely cameo by Eileen Atkins.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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