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Patch Adams
     

Patch Adams

4.4 12
Director: Tom Shadyac

Cast: Robin Williams, Daniel London, Monica Potter

 

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The fact-based story of an unconventional physician who attempted to heal patients with laughter, based on his own book and mixing equal doses of scatological humor and pathos. Robin Williams stars as Hunter Adams, a troubled young man who commits himself to a mental institution in the late 1960s. His experiences there convince Adams to become a doctor, and he enrolls

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The fact-based story of an unconventional physician who attempted to heal patients with laughter, based on his own book and mixing equal doses of scatological humor and pathos. Robin Williams stars as Hunter Adams, a troubled young man who commits himself to a mental institution in the late 1960s. His experiences there convince Adams to become a doctor, and he enrolls in medical school, where he is appalled at the cold, clinical professionalism that alienates patients from their caregivers. Determined to provide emotional and spiritual relief as well as medicine, Adams clowns around for his patients, getting to know them personally. Although his efforts seem to work wonders and the hospital nursing staff is grateful for the levity Adams provides, his methods alienate his uptight roommate Mitch (Philip Seymour Hoffman) as well as the staff and faculty of his school. Adams perseveres, however, even starting his own low-cost rural clinic called the Gesundheit Institute, and wooing a pretty fellow student, Carin (Monica Potter). Tragedy strikes, and Adams' career is put in jeopardy, forcing him to defend his style and philosophy before a board of jurists determined to bar him from practicing medicine. Patch Adams (1998) was produced by former M*A*S*H (1972-83) star Mike Farrell, who met the real-life Adams when the offbeat doctor served as an advisor to the actor's popular TV series.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
While Robin Williams has demonstrated an almost preternatural ability to sublimate his well-established comic persona when essaying dramatic roles, the thoroughly enjoyable Patch Adams is one of those rare movies that allows him to play a memorable character who's alternately silly and solemn. He's perfectly cast as real-life doctor Hunter "Patch" Adams, the sawbones with a smile. Patch believes heartily in the healing power of humor, which he dispenses regularly to patients over the objections of a staid, established medical establishment (personified by one of Patch's dour instructors, played by prolific, talented character actor Daniel London). Monica Potter registers strongly as a skeptical fellow student eventually won over by Patch's unusual approach to medicine. Director Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective) rates high marks for deftly combining slower, dramatically potent scenes with those relying on fast-paced improvisational comedy. Frequently sidesplitting, but also profoundly moving in spots, Patch Adams provides a dazzling showcase for one of the screen's most popular and innovative stars. The two-disc "Ultimate Edition" provides the feature in both wide-screen and full-frame configurations, along with commentary by Shadyac, deleted scenes, outtakes, a photo gallery, storyboard-to-scene comparisons, a making-of featurette, production notes, cast-crew biographies, behind-the-scenes footage, and a documentary, "The Medicinal Value of Laughter."
All Movie Guide - Chris Gore
After playing the funny-yet-sympathetic doctor in Awakenings, the funny-yet-sympathetic teacher in Dead Poets Society, and then the funny-yet-sympathetic disc jockey in Good Morning, Vietnam, Robin Williams finally goes back to his roots as the funny-yet-sympathetic doctor in this story of a medical student who reminds us that "laughter is always the best medicine." Comedy director Tom Shadyac's true story of a man named Patch Adams -- who was responsible for introducing the initial concept of endorphins in the brain -- is told with all the Universal Studios panache, trying to appease all filmgoing audiences. Patch's philosophy of "treating the patient, not the disease" creates both allies and foes at the University of Virginia medical hospital. His roommate, Mitch (Boogie Nights' Philip Seymour Hoffman), sees Patch as a goofball, until his own problem with a stubborn patient forces him to utilize Patch's methods. However, the university dean is Patch's harshest critic, eventually dismissing Patch from the hospital. As Patch himself overcomes serious depression, he eventually opens his own clinic where he gains notoriety as the "people doctor." He then writes a book, which is ultimately turned into a Hollywood movie starring Robin Williams. You get the idea.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2016
UPC:
0025192351891
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
40,068

Special Features

The Medicinal Value of Laughter - An original documentary looking at the genesis of and the joy behind Patch Adams Outtakes Feature Commentary with Director Tom Shadyac Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Williams Patch Adams
Daniel London Trumen
Monica Potter Carin
Philip Seymour Hoffman Mitch
Bob Gunton Dean Walcott
Josef Sommer Dr. Eaton
Irma P. Hall Joletta
Frances Lee McCain Judy
Harve Presnell Dean Anderson
Daniella Kuhn Adelane
Jake Bowen Bryan
Peter Coyote Bill Davis
James Greene Bile
Michael Jeter Rudy
Harold Gould Arthur Mendelson
Richard Kiley Dr. Titan
Ryan Hurst Neil

Technical Credits
Tom Shadyac Director,Executive Producer
David M. Blitstein Special Effects Supervisor
Allegra Clegg Associate Producer
Alan B. Curtiss Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Hallie D'Amore Makeup
Linda de Scenna Production Designer
Mike Farrell Producer
Barry Kemp Producer
Marvin Minoff Producer
Devorah Moos-Hanklin Co-producer
Jim Nedza Art Director
Charles James Newirth Producer
Steve Oedekerk Co-producer,Screenwriter
Phedon Papamichael Cinematographer
Judy Ruskin-Howell Costumes/Costume Designer
Marc Shaiman Score Composer
Nelson Stoll Sound/Sound Designer
Marsha Garces Williams Executive Producer
Don Zimmerman Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Patch Adams
1. The Troubled Mind [:22]
2. Look Beyond [9:18]
3. To Be a Doctor [:02]
4. The Experiment [6:53]
5. Doctor Clown [:13]
6. Walcott's Warning [4:32]
7. The Big Welcome [3:44]
8. Carin's Birthday [2:30]
9. Blue Skies [4:24]
10. A Fun Hospital [10:51]
11. Gesundheit [2:06]
12. Then I Met You [5:49]
13. The Last Sonnet [1:15]
14. You Don't Fit In [6:08]
15. Patch's Appeal [:03]
16. The Board's Decision [3:18]
17. Doctors [2:43]
18. Epilogue/Titles [1:56]
19. Chapter 19 [2:42]
1. Patch Challenges Us [1:58]
2. The Pitch [3:22]
3. Fulfilling a Dream [3:25]
4. Make a Wish [1:31]
5. Translating a True Story [3:48]
6. Beside Manner [2:13]
7. Chapter 7 [1:02]

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Patch Adams 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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This movie is spectacular and Robin Williams will take your breathe away as he plays a doctor on a mission to really help people and get to know them. It WILL make you cry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG I love this movie so much! It is so beautifully written! It grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go until the credits come on! It is also very sad in many ways although I don't want to spoil anything! Everytime I see this movie, I think of how I too, should become a doctor!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wore out my VHS tape of Patch Adams and upgraded it to DVD. I almost had trouble buying the DVD in my local video outlets but now i've got it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wore out my my VHS tape of Patch Adams and bought the DVD to replace my VHS tape. I was thrilled to have the DVD version with all of the extras and stuff!!!! I will never be sorry for buying it!!!!!!!!!
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