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A medical student in the 70's treats patients, illegally, using humor.

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Patch Adams is determined to become a medical doctor because he enjoys helping people. Unfortunately, the medical and scientific community does not appreciate his methods of healing the sick, while the actual patients, medical professors, and hospital nurses all appreciate the work *he* can do, because they are unable to do it. Written by Ari Herzog <ari@ici.net>

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language and crude humor | See all certifications »

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25 December 1998 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£786,778 (UK) (12 March 1999)

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$135,014,968 (USA) (28 May 1999)
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While the real Patch Adams made a brief cameo in the film, he "hated" the film and the portrayal of himself. See more »

Goofs

Position of Patch's hands and fingers in the first "How many fingers do you see?" scene. See more »

Quotes

Hunter Patch Adams: Our job is improving the quality of life, not just delaying death.
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

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What Is Life
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Robin Williams:The Best Medicine
8 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In my opinion,Robin Williams is at his best when playing characters much like himself.This film is based on the life of the real Hunter "Patch" Adams,a man that Williams himself says that he closely relates to.In the medical profession,it is easy to become hard nosed and so wrapped up in treating the sickness that it is all too easy to forget that there are actual people behind the sickness.We are taught by Patch to treat the person first,because when you do so,treating the illness becomes somewhat easier.Sometimes people don't get better,but treating the soul to a laugh or two can lessen the pain and suffering.Sometimes people die,and while the people that loved them suffer and grieve,the suffering and grief are eased somewhat by the knowledge that their departed loved ones no longer suffer.This role was tailor made for Williams,and he is supported well,including another overlooked performance by the late Michael Jeter as a squirrel fearing mental patient.Thumbs up!


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