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The National Health (1973)

PG | | Comedy | 10 August 1979 (USA)
The British National Health System is skewered in this comedy set in a rundown London hospital. The hospital is filled with wacky staff members and patients, and the film strives to get all... See full summary »

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The British National Health System is skewered in this comedy set in a rundown London hospital. The hospital is filled with wacky staff members and patients, and the film strives to get all it can from their humorous escapades. The movie also includes a satire-within-a-satire, with "Nurse Norton's Affair" providing a send-up of TV hospital soap operas. Written by Anonymous

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Sheila Scott-Wilkenson and Neville Aurelius both receive "introducing" credits See more »

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Music Remembered and Conducted by Carl Davis See more »

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None But the Lonely Heart
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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Jim Dale is a revelation in this movie, with only slight echoes of his "Carry on Doctor" movies - here he has much richer material to play with.

The appalling conditions of an under-funded national health hospital are comically contrasted with a "Dr Kildare" style soap showing in the ward televisions. The contrast between the real world and the fantasy soap world is skillfully done.

A charming, tragic, funny and intelligent black comedy made in the days when Britain generally made very poor comedy movies.


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