The true story of a heroic man, Hunter Patch Adams, determined to become a medical doctor because he enjoys helping people. He ventured where no doctor had ventured before, using humour and pathos.

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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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$90,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,262,280 (USA) (25 December 1998)

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$135,014,968 (USA) (28 May 1999)
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Patch Adams said that whenever the film's production would get stressful, Robin Williams would improvise a set to make the cast and crew laugh. See more »

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The Pablo Neruda poem used in the film (set in the early-to-mid-'70s) was not translated into English until 1986. See more »

Quotes

Truman: I thought only I could repel women with that kind of raw efficiency.
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Featured in The Medicinal Value of Laughter (1999) See more »

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Faith of the Heart
Written by Diane Warren
Performed by Rod Stewart
Produced by Guy Roche
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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Drama that tried to be funny?

I think that the critics missed an important aspect of this movie, as did many viewers who have commented before me. Too many have claimed that this movie was a drama full of comedy, or a drama that was trying to be funny. Whether the critics think it achieved that goal or not, they missed an important point. The point is that Drama and Comedy are not two seperate things to be combined. A movie shouldn't have to combine the two. The two things are already combined. This movie attempted to show that there is comedy and laughter inherent in the drama of our everyday life. If we can find it, it can help us through the drama. This is the reason we cry when we are happy and we cry when we are sad. All emotions are part of something bigger and they are more similar than we think. I think that's part of what Patch Adams is trying to say.


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