The Ottoman Lieutenant

Synopsis: A beautiful, strong-willed woman, who, frustrated by ongoing injustice at home, leaves the United States after meeting Jude, an American doctor who runs a remote medical mission within the Ottoman Empire - a world both exotic and dangerous, and on the brink of what is about to become the first World War. There, she finds her loyalty to Jude and the mission's founder tested when she falls in love with their perceived enemy, a lieutenant in the Ottoman Imperial Army. Now, with invading army forces at their doorstep, and the world about to plunge into all-out war, she must make a decision if she wants to be what other people want her to be, or to be herself.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Joseph Ruben
Production: Paladin
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min


I'll tell you the story

of my journey.

Where I went, how I got there,

and what I saw along the way.

I thought I was going

to change the world.


But, of course,

it was the world that changed me.

We need a doctor! Please help!

- MAN:
You can't be in here.

- Please!

- We need help.

- Here. This way. This way.

- They can't be in here!

- It's all right.

- What happened to him?

- Drill bit broke loose.

- Hang on, Sam.

- Hold on. You're gonna be all right.

- You'll be all right, Sam.

- Help me, please.

- They don't belong here.

- What are you doing?

- He's bleeding to death.

- He can't be in here!

Help me!

- What is going on?

- Doctor, he has a deep puncture.

This man is in the wrong hospital.

He doesn't have time for the right one.

- Get him out of here. Quickly!

- He's bleeding to death!

- He's bleeding!

- This isn't right!

Move it! Move it! Get him out!

- What is wrong with you?

- Take him down the back stairs.

This way.


It gives me great pleasure

to introduce our speaker and friend,

Dr Jude Gresham.


Thank you.

Eastern Anatolia is a rugged country.

Its people are poor but hard-working.

For them, modern medicine

is a revolutionary concept.

You might have changed

out of that uniform.

- Sorry. I didn't have time.

- Shh!

That is why the work of

the American Mission Hospital in Van

is so vitally important.

For many people in the region,

our hospital offers

the only medical care available.

People come from

hundreds of miles around.

And the only reason

we are able to provide for them

is because of generous donations from

open-hearted Christians like yourselves.

There are impediments, of course.

Eastern Anatolia can be a place of

unspeakable violence and transgression.

But it is also a place of fierce spirit.

And the people

who have survived there...

When I first came to Van

as a newly graduated doctor,

my plan was to stay a year,

do my service,

and then come back to the States

and open a prosperous practice.

Well, that was eight years ago.

I didn't intend for it to happen,

but once I got to know these people

and live among them,

I knew I would never leave.

- Than k you.


- Sounds like a whirlwind.

- It has been a whirlwind.

I've been visiting hospitals

in various cities,

catching up on the latest advancements

in modern medicine.

It's true. Medical science

has been making amazing advances.

If only we could advance

the thinking of the doctors.

- Lillie...

- How do you mean, miss?

Yesterday, a man was turned away

from the hospital where I work

because his skin was the wrong colour.

Dr Gresham, I have to apologise

for our daughter.

I assure you, Miss Rowe, no one has ever

been turned away from our hospital

due to the colour of their skin

or their religious beliefs.

That would be against

everything we believe in.

Dr Gresham, I'd like

to show you something.


Isn't it beautiful?

- It's very handsome.

- It was my brother's.

He was training to be a doctor

when he died.

- I'm sorry, Miss Rowe.

- I want to donate it to your mission.

- Hm...

- You can use a truck, can't you?

Of course.

And I appreciate the offer.

But there's no way

to get this to our hospital.

Why not?

Well, for one thing, the railroad

only goes a third of the way

and the roads are just rough trails

cut through the mountains.

Goat paths, really.

I'll find a way to get it there.

I want it to serve a purpose.

Are you sure it isn't you that

wants to serve a purpose, Miss Rowe?

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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