Dr. T & the Women

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Dr. T & The Women
A man in a white coat, stethoscope on his shoulders, clouds and lightning above him.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRobert Altman
Produced byRobert Altman
James McLindon
Written byAnne Rapp
Starring
Music byLyle Lovett
CinematographyJan Kiesser
Edited byGeraldine Peroni
Production
companies
Distributed byArtisan Entertainment (United States)
20th Century Fox (Germany)[1]
Release date
October 13, 2000 (2000-10-13)
Running time
122 minutes
CountriesUnited States
Germany
LanguagesEnglish
German
Spanish
Budget$23 million
Box office$22.8 million

Dr. T & The Women is a 2000 American romantic comedy film directed by Robert Altman, featuring an ensemble cast including Richard Gere as wealthy gynecologist Dr. Sullivan Travis ("Dr. T") and Helen Hunt, Farrah Fawcett, Laura Dern, Shelley Long, Tara Reid, Kate Hudson, and Liv Tyler as the various women that he encounters in his everyday life. The movie was primarily filmed in Dallas, Texas, and was released in US theaters on October 13, 2000. The film's music was composed by American composer and alternative country singer Lyle Lovett, who released an album of his score in September 2000.

Plot[edit]

Dr. Sullivan 'Sully' Travis (aka "Dr. T.") (Richard Gere) is a wealthy Dallas gynecologist for some of the wealthiest women in Texas who finds his life beginning to fall apart starting when his wife, Kate (Farrah Fawcett), suffers from 'Hestia Complex', a rare type of infantalizing syndrome of wealthy women, receding into a childlike state and, after she disrobes in a shopping mall fountain while shopping for their daughter's wedding registry at Tiffany's, is committed to the state mental hospital. When Dr. T visits Kate, she rebuffs his kisses as improper and he sees her pre-teen psychic age cannot be brought back to adulthood by his affection. Dr. T's eldest daughter, Dee Dee (Kate Hudson), a student at Southern Methodist University and alternate for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, is planning to go through with her approaching wedding despite the secret that she is romantically involved with Marilyn (Liv Tyler), her former college friend in Houston and the maid of honor. Dr. T's youngest daughter, Connie (Tara Reid), is a conspiracy theorist and eventually reveals to her father that Dee Dee and Marilyn are lovers.

While Marilyn is on his examining table for the first time, she surmises her condition is caused by the stress of being the maid of honor for her friend Dee Dee. Dr. T realizes she is Dee Dee's lover and becomes embarrassed mid-examination asking the nurse to finish.

Dr. T's loyal secretary Carolyn (Shelley Long) has romantic feelings for him, which are not mutual: in a farcical scene at the workday end, she locks the office door and gives him a shoulder-massage from behind his chair, secretly disrobing while emphasizing his need for a loving wife. Refreshed but unaware of her intentions, he goes to the coat closet, turns and finds she has vanished. From under the desk, she says he never empties his trash baskets. Approaching the desk he glimpses her state of undress and quickly leaves.

Meanwhile, Dr. T's alcoholic sister-in-law, Peggy (Laura Dern), unintentionally meddles in every situation she stumbles into. She is currently divorced and has moved into his house with her three young daughters.

At his golf club, Bree (Helen Hunt), a golf pro, gets accidentally soaked by the automatic sprinklers and he offers a towel and his dry golf cart and they decide to play the round together. Accepting his offer for dinner, she says she knows a better place than his suggested restaurant, next they're taking grocery bags into her condo. She moves quickly and gracefully turning on the stereo music by Lyle Lovett, the grill on the balcony, putting steak on, going upstairs, into one room, then walking nude across the balcony to the shower. After dinner, she takes a bottle of wine upstairs, briefly hesitating he follows her and they become lovers. She provides friendship and comfort in his difficult office and personal life.

As Dee Dee's wedding begins the skies are darkening and thunder increasing. As the procession is blown by increasing wind, Dee Dee bypasses her groom, embraces and kisses Marilyn and the skies open up sending all the guests for shelter. Inspired, Dr. T drives his open top convertible to Bree's house where he asks her to marry and run away with him. He offers to fulfill her every need and she asks why she would need that (this is what caused Kate's syndrome according to her psychologist). She says she has made other plans. Dr. T. asks if she is with Harlan, one of his golfing/hunting buddies, She replies: “I’m not with anyone.” Distraught, Dr. T. drives off into the storm and into a tornado as it crosses his path and is lifted into the air, tumbles in debris; the scene fades to the morning after. The camera view pans to reveal distant mountains surrounding a vast desert flat land. His nearby car is found by three young Spanish speaking children. A little girl in a white dress with a veil sees the doctor badge on the front grill of the car Exclaiming “Dr!”. They find & lead him, still dazed, to a circle of seven tiny houses where a woman is in labor. Galvanized by the sight, he immediately washes his hands, drops his wedding ring into the basin, takes charge and delivers the baby, holding it and rejoices “it’s a boy!”

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

Dr. T & The Women was released in US cinemas on October 13, 2000 by Artisan Entertainment, and earned $5,012,867 in its opening weekend on 1,489 screens, ranking #7 in the weekend of October 13, 2000[2] ultimately grossing $13,113,041 in the United States. It was released in the United Kingdom on July 6, 2001 by Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International, grossing $9,731,250 in international profits.

Reception[edit]

The film received mixed reviews from critics. On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 56% approval rating, based on 108 reviews with an average rating of 5.71/10. The site's consensus states: "In terms of quality, Dr. T & the Women is one of Altman's good-but-not-great films. In typical Altman style, it features some great ensemble acting, including a wonderful performance by Richard Gere."[3] Metacritic gave the film an average score of 64/100, based on 35 reviews.[4] CinemaScore audience polling gave the film an "F";[5][6] as of April 2020, it is one of only 22 such films.[7]

Critic Roger Ebert gave the film three stars, stating "When you hear that Dr. T is a gynecologist played by Richard Gere, you assume he is a love machine mowing down his patients. Nothing could be further from the truth".[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Film #15217: Dr. T & the Women". Lumiere. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  2. ^ Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ "Dr. T and the Women". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  4. ^ "Dr. T and the Women (2000): Reviews". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved 2008-02-16.
  5. ^ http://www.thewrap.com/movies-you-loved-or-hated-films-got-or-f-cinemascores-photos-90331/18/
  6. ^ https://www.vulture.com/2017/09/here-are-the-only-19-movies-to-ever-receive-an-f-cinemascore.html
  7. ^ Dowd, A. A.; Rife, Katie (April 3, 2020). "Is an "F" from CinemaScore Actually a Good Thing? Our Critics Weigh In". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  8. ^ Roger Ebert

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