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    The Top 5 Pharmacist Movies of All Time

    Our list of the best pharmacists ever to appear on the silver screen.


    4. Miracle Max and Valerie, The Princess Bride

    This would be number one, but we are, admittedly, fudging a little here. Max is technically a miracle worker, but we think that fits the description of pharmacists rather nicely. After all, who but a pharmacist could put together a miracle pill, knowing that chocolate makes it go down easier? That’s the kind of thing they don’t teach in medical school.

    Max is only onscreen for one scene, but he leaves a lasting impression. He successfully takes the hero Wesley from “mostly dead” to alive, allowing Wesley and crew to successfully rescue his true love from the evil prince Humperdinck. Which begs the question, who’s the real hero of the story: the one who rescues the princess or the one who gave him the drugs that allowed him to do it? It did take a major nudge from his wife Valerie to get him going, and she came up with the chocolate part, but he is arguably the one who allowed Wesley, Inigo, and Fezzick to have fun storming the castle.

    What pharmacists can learn:

    Miracle Max is the embodiment of every good pharmacist: knowledgeable, wise, able to see through lies, able to give sage advice, can compound seemingly miraculous cures. But it is his demeanor with patients that pharmacists can really learn from. Next time a patient comes up to your counter demanding you fill their prescription (the one the doctor literally just sent over) in the next five minutes, simply recall Max’s famous words: “Don’t rush me. You rush a miracle, you get rotten miracles.”

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    • Anonymous
      I would add "In Old California" with John Wayne.
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