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Horror/mystery in which an over-burdened doctor struggles to find meaning in his life while a murderer stalks the halls of his hospital.

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Dr. Herbert Bock
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Barbara Drummond
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Drummond
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Dr. Welbeck (as Richard A. Dysart)
Stephen Elliott ...
Dr. Sundstrom
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Milton Mead
Andrew Duncan ...
William Mead
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Jordan Charney ...
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Guernsey
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Richard Hamilton ...
Dr. Ronald Casey
Arthur Junaluska ...
Mr. Blacktree
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Marilyn Mead
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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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Trivia

According to TCM host Robert Osborne, Paddy Chayefsky passed on having Walter Matthau or Burt Lancaster in George C. Scott's role, and either Jane Fonda, Ali MacGraw, or Candice Bergen in Diana Rigg's. See more »

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In the Emergency Room, the dead patient's eyes and head change positions between the time Mrs. Cushing and Dr. Spezio look at him. See more »

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Mrs. Cushing: Dr. Spezio. I think one of your patients in here is dead, Dr. Spezio.
Dr. Spezio: Why do you say that, Mrs. Cushing?
Mrs. Cushing: Because he wouldn't give me his Blue Cross number, Dr. Spezio.
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Although Barnard Hughes played two distinct roles, the end credits lists Hughes as playing the role of Drummond but not Dr. Mallory. See more »

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Great character drama and black comedy
14 July 2007 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

George Scott gave the performance of a lifetime in Paddy Chayefsky's THE HOSPITAL, a very dark drama about an aging big city hospital and a middle-aged physician on the verge of suicide. Along comes Diana Rigg as a free spirit determined to save him from himself. Their dialog crackles, and it is clear they are made for each other from the outset. But will she save him? Their one sex scene is both graphic and memorable for its passion and fury. Meanwhile, the hospital is under siege by a group of agitators who don't want it to turn a condemned building into a cancer center. And a serial killer is loose in the hospital, specializing in doctors and nurses. A good part of the movie, though, is squarely focused on Scott. As it should be. What a difference a few years made back when this movie was made. 1962 had given us THE INTERNS, a hokey, old-fashioned reworking of DR. KILDARE with terrible acting and a cardboard script. Along came 1971 and THE HOSPITAL. Less than 10 years later. Hollywood did something right for a change. Watching THE HOSPITAL today is a reminder of how much medical shows like ST. ELSEWHERE and SCRUBS owe to this enduring classic. And if THE HOSPITAL reminds you of NETWORK, it should. Same scripter.


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