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The House of God (1984)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 24 March 1984 (USA)
Follow a group of interns in a large teaching hospital. When Jo, Chief Resident, has a breakdown the interns are reluctantly placed under the tutelage of the senior resident known as The ... See full summary »

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(based on the novel by) (as Samuel Shem M.D.), (screenplay)
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Roy Basch
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Fats (The Fatman)
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Wayne Potts
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Jo Miller
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Cissy Anderson
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Dr. Leggo
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Officer Quick
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Dr. Sanders
Richard Brestoff ...
Howie Greenspoon
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Dr. Gath
Kathryn Dowling ...
Molly
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Hyper Hooper
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Officer Gillheeny
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Dr. Fishberg
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Dr. Pinkus
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Follow a group of interns in a large teaching hospital. When Jo, Chief Resident, has a breakdown the interns are reluctantly placed under the tutelage of the senior resident known as The Fatman. Like "M*A*S*H," "The Hospital" and "St. Elsewhere" (which is drawn from this story) this film is closer to the truth than the public wants to know. Written by Raymond Clay <banquosa@concentric.net>

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Every year in July, 6,000 young Men and Women leave the comfort and safety of medical school confident in the knowledge that they will become interns in the greatest system of medical care in the History of the universe. Some actually survive.

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Comedy | Drama

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R

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Never released theatrically; it debuted on cable TV. See more »

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The Fat Man refers to a bed position where the head of the bed is lower than the foot as "the Hindenburg." The proper term for this bed position is "Trendelenburg." See more »

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Extremely dark, weird and a cult classic.
20 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

I saw The House of God on TV in the 90s, a late night slot. I finally discovered the name of the film I saw those years ago.

All I remember is the outrageously dark humor, encapsulated by the scene of Charles Haid (aka The Fatman) raising a hospital bed of an elderly immobile patient higher and higher off the floor, while explaining to his impressionable interns that the only way an elderly GOMER will die is though accident not illness. My next realization was my lowering oxygen levels, as I was laughing so hard.

It's a great petty it's not on DVD, hardly every shown on TV and the only remaining copies of this near mythical film are old treasured VHS copies passed between medical interns.

By the way, I just checked a long list of films that were shown by Moviedrome, a BBC2 series presented by Alex Cox that aired rare cult movies. The Hose of God was not on the list, weird.


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