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Captain Newman, M.D. (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, War | 25 December 1963 (USA)
In 1944, an Army doctor is in charge of a neuropsychiatric ward at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona, and he must deal with a variety of tough cases.

Director:

David Miller

Writers:

Richard L. Breen (screenplay), Phoebe Ephron (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Capt. Josiah J. Newman, MD
Tony Curtis ... Cpl. Jackson 'Jake' Leibowitz
Angie Dickinson ... Lt. Francie Corum
Eddie Albert ... Col. Norval Algate Bliss
James Gregory ... Col. Edgar Pyser
Bethel Leslie ... Mrs. Helene Winston
Robert Duvall ... Capt. Paul Cabot Winston
Jane Withers ... Lt. Grace Blodgett
Dick Sargent ... Lt. Belden 'Barney' Alderson
Larry Storch ... Cpl. Gavoni
Robert F. Simon ... Lt. Col. M.B. Larrabee
Syl Lamont Syl Lamont ... Sgt. Kopp
Paul Carr ... Arthur Werbel
Vito Scotti ... Maj. Alfredo Fortuno
Crahan Denton ... Maj. Gen. Snowden
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Storyline

In 1944, Capt. Josiah J. Newman is the doctor in charge of Ward 7, the neuropsychiatric ward, at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona. The hospital is under-resourced and Newman scrounges what he needs with the help of his inventive staff, especially Cpl. Jake Leibowitz. The military in general is only just coming to accept psychiatric disorders as legitimate and Newman generally has 6 weeks to cure them or send them on to another facility. There are many patients in the ward and his latest include Colonel Norville Bliss who has dissociated from his past; Capt. Paul Winston who is nearly catatonic after spending 13 months hiding in a cellar behind enemy lines; and 20 year-old Cpl. Jim Tompkins who is severely traumatized after his aircraft was shot down. Others come and go, including Italian prisoners of war, but Newman and team all realize that their success means the men will return to their units and combat. Written by garykmcd

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A picture that swings from hilarity to heart-break and back again! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Newman See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color by Pathé)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ralph Greenson, the real life psychiatrist on whom Captain Newman was based, was Marilyn Monroe's psychotherapist after the war. See more »

Goofs

Captain Newman states that in the psychiatric ward, no knives are permitted. Yet Corporals Leibowitz and Gavoni, both orderlies in the ward, had quite a large knife amongst the patients to cut up the salami. See more »

Quotes

Col. Norval Algate Bliss: Is Mr. Future *insane*?
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Connections

Referenced in Millennium: Goodbye Charlie (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
Traditional tune, lyrics by Robert Burns (uncredited)
Performed by the main cast and the people from the Hospital
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Maybe we should actually watch the film first.
5 December 2004 | by sotto1See all my reviews

Uh, Hello!? Bobby Darin was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his amazing portrayal of shell-shocked airman Jim Tompkins in this great film. (The script and sound were also nominated). And what a cast, Gregory Peck, Angie Dickenson, Tony Curtis, Robert Duvall and Eddie Albert (as the psychotic Col. Bliss), along with a great cast of fine character actors: Larry Storch, Jane Withers, Dick Sergeant and Vitto Scotti. The acting, music, casting and direction are just right. It's one of the first films to deal with we now call Traumatic Stress Disorder in a thoughtful way. Hey, if you don't like this movie…you don't know movies. Great stuff.


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