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The Hospital (1971) Poster

(1971)

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The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1995, it being deemed a "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" work.
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Writer Paddy Chayefsky performed a number of roles on the film. Chayefsky was the writer and a producer and also narrated the film at the start. Chayefsky reportedly had full control over content and casting of the movie.
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To avoid any interruptions to the day-to-day running of Metropolitan Hospital's vital services to patients, for interiors, the production took over two floors of a new psychiatric pavilion which were under construction and were not due to start receiving patients until January 1972 after principal photography had been completed.
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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.
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American / Hollywood movie debut of British actress Diana Rigg.
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"The Hospital" seen in the movie was New York's vast Metropolitan Hospital Center and is referred to as "Manhattan Medical Center" by Ms Drummond when ordering an ambulance.
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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1995.
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Barnard Hughes appears in a dual role in this movie. In addition to his role as Drummond, he also plays (under make-up and hairpiece) hysterectomy surgeon Dr. Mallory.
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Film debut of Tracey Walter.
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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.
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Barbara Drummond (Diana Rigg)'s English voice is explained in this New York-set film's storyline as being attributed to being a Vassar College accent. This educational institution is described by that campus' website as being "a highly selective, residential, liberal arts college located in the heart of the Hudson Valley in New York State".
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One of two medical black comedies made and released around 1971-72. The other film was Where Does It Hurt? (1972).
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Even though actor George C. Scott had rejected the Best Actor Academy Award gold statuette he had won the previous year for Patton (1970), Scott was still nominated in the same category for this picture but lost to Gene Hackman for The French Connection (1971).
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Paddy Chayefsky film script won the Best Original Screenplay Award at the BAFTAs, the Golden Globes, the Writers' Guild of America Awards, and at the Academy Awards (Oscars).
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The movie featured quite a considerable number of unbilled and uncredited bit-part performances.
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One of two 1971 movies directed by Arthur Hiller, the other film being Plaza Suite (1971).
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The film won the Silver Bear Extraordinary Jury Prize at the 22nd Berlin International Film Festival in 1972.
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The nickname of Dr. Herbert Bock (George C. Scott) was "Herb".
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Paddy Chayefsky:  Uncredited, as the film's narrator at the beginning of the movie.
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Stockard Channing:  Uncredited, as an E.R. Nurse.
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