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The Hospital (1971)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 16 June 1972 (Ireland)
An over-burdened doctor struggles to find meaning in his life while a murderer stalks the halls of his hospital.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Herbert Bock
Barbara Drummond
Dr. Welbeck (as Richard A. Dysart)
Stephen Elliott ...
Dr. Sundstrom
Milton Mead
Andrew Duncan ...
William Mead
Mrs. Christie
Lenny Baker ...
Dr. Schaefer
Richard Hamilton ...
Dr. Ronald Casey
Arthur Junaluska ...
Mr. Blacktree
Kate Harrington ...
Nurse Dunne
Marilyn Mead


Herbert Bock is chief of medicine in a major teaching hospital. His wife has left him, he is impotent and his children have both disowned him. He is toying with the idea of suicide when patients begin dying, not from complications, but from the erroneous treatments the Hospital is giving them. People in the wrong beds are given wrong medicines, sent to operating theaters for incorrect surgery, and found in waiting rooms dead of natural causes. Barbara Drummond has come to take her comatose father back to the Sioux reservation where he operates a clinic and they each reach out to each other for emotional support, as a shadowy figure stalks the patients and staff of the hospital. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Right Smack Into the Wind  »

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The movie became a benchmark template for black comedies examining other institutions such as Network (1976) (the media) and Teachers (1984) (education), the first also being written by this movie's writer Paddy Chayefsky and the latter also being directed by this film's director Arthur Hiller. See more »


About ten minutes into the movie, as the characters walk down a hospital hallway, followed by the camera, a technician and his microphone are revealed behind a nurse's cart. The camera then tightens the shot around the actors. See more »


Herbert Bock: I mean, where do you train your nurses, Mrs. Christie - Dachau?
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Crazy Credits

Although Barnard Hughes played two distinct roles, the end credits lists Hughes as playing the role of Drummond but not Dr. Mallory. See more »


Referenced in The 50th Annual Academy Awards (1978) See more »

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A Classic!
23 July 2004 | by (Valley Forge, PA) – See all my reviews

Anyone who has spent time working in a hospital or medical facility has got to appreciate this film. The plot is absolutely wild but entertaining from start to finish. The acting is superb. George C. Scott is the brilliant doctor but class A failure as husband, father. Diana Riggs, a sex symbol of the 1960s and 1970s (of The Avengers), saves him from himself. The surrounding cast is superb and the dialogue quite entertaining. I think I enjoyed the film more on viewing it the 4th., 5th. or 6th. time because I caught that much more of the richness of the dialogue and the interplay of the characters. Well worth seeing again and again. You just won't want to check in to a hospital in the near future.

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