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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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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
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William Mead
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Mrs. Christie
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Hitchcock
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Guernsey
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Dr. Schaefer
Richard Hamilton ...
Dr. Ronald Casey
Arthur Junaluska ...
Mr. Blacktree
Kate Harrington ...
Nurse Dunne
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Marilyn Mead
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Herbert Bock, the chief of medicine in a New York City teaching hospital, is contemplating suicide; he's impotent, his wife has left him, and his children aren't speaking to him. His hospital is also suffering from a recent spate of inexplicable deaths. In the midst of these setbacks, Bock is romantically drawn to the much younger Barbara, whose father is a patient. As Barbara restores Bock's will to live, it turns out that the hospital deaths are murders. Written by Jwelch5742

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I may be crazy, but I think I've operated on the wrong patient. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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Approved | See all certifications »

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16 June 1972 (Ireland)  »

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Right Smack Into the Wind  »

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Trivia

One of two 1971 movies directed by Arthur Hiller, the other film being Plaza Suite (1971). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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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 »

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Referenced in Lovelace (2013) See more »

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My brief review of the film
9 August 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

An overly dark and rather dreary satire, it is nevertheless full of interesting ideas, and George C. Scott delivers very well as a suicidal hospital administrator even if he has a few over-the-top moments. The whole script in fact feels a bit outrageous and over-the-top, in a manner that lacks realism. However the heart of the script, like with Chayefsky's other films, such as 'Marty' and 'Network', centers around anger, and this emotion is dealt with throughout the film, with some interesting thoughts on how to cope with it, but no real answers. Anyway, The Hospital is an interesting enough watch, with a murder subplot that proves to be thought-provoking later on, even if mystifying at first. Diana Rigg is great, and even if somewhat flawed, this is good stuff.


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