Mike Nichols (2001)

PG Certificate


Our Score
In seeking suitably cinematic solutions to the considerable problems posed by Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Graduate director Mike Nichols here places the greatest emphasis on the text, with its wealth of allusions, rhythms and insights. Moreover, he refuses to be intimidated by its unashamedly intellectual discussion of the religious poetry of John Donne and the emotions experienced by literary scholar Emma Thompson, as she takes a leap of faith in battling ovarian cancer. The various flashbacks and monologues may not disguise all the narrative expedients, but such is the intensity and honesty of Thompson's performance that the occasional contrivance can be forgiven.


Hard-nosed academic Vivian Bearing is forced to let go of her complacent assumptions about life when suddenly faced with her greatest challenge - advanced ovarian cancer. Drama directed by Mike Nichols, based on Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, starring Emma Thompson, Audra McDonald, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Atkins, Jonathan M Woodward and Harold Pinter.

Cast & Crew

Vivian Bearing Emma Thompson
Dr Harvey Kelekian Christopher Lloyd
EM Ashford Eileen Atkins
Susie Monahan Audra McDonald
Dr Jason Posner Jonathan M Woodward
Mr Bearing Harold Pinter
Vivian as a child Rebecca Laurie
Director Mike Nichols
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