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Captain Newman, M.D. (1963)

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:

12 | 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

The film was a box-office flop. See more »

Goofs

Two characters are sitting in an office. Items on a bookcase (behind a chair) keep appearing and disappearing. See more »

Quotes

Cpl. Jackson 'Jake' Leibowitz: [to Capt. Newman] You see, in the neighborhood I came, we had to learn six different languages in order to do business.
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Connections

References The Lost Weekend (1945) See more »

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Hava Naguilla
Composed by A. Z. Idelsohn
Performed by the Italians POW
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29 January 2007 | by amazeikaSee all my reviews

With all due respect to HAL-900, Bobby Darin's excellent portrayal as "Little Jim" HAD to be less than subtle in order to allow the also very excellent Robert Duval to play his character as subtly as he did. Gregory Peck is excellent as the stalwart Psychiatrist dealing with medical as well as bureaucratic challenges. Angie Dickinson IS pretty much just for show, but she NEVER looked better. Yes, Peck's 'drunk' is a tad corny but necessary to show that he was not invulnerable to the suffering that whirled about him. Tony Curtis and Larry Storch provide (necessary) comic relief. Modern Psychiatry was still in it's infancy when this movie is set and a long way from where it is today when the movie was produced. Gregory Peck starred in a LOT of excellent films and I number CAPTAIN NEWMAN, MD among them. It is part of TCMs library so catch it if you can.(Added 11/01/08)Huzzah! A new GREGGORY PECK DVD collection will be released November 4th, 2008 and CAPTAIN NEWMAN, MD is one of the titles included along with TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, CAPE FEAR, ARABESQUE and THE WORLD IN HIS ARMS.


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