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 <>

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Based On A True Story. See more »

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

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Release Date:

25 December 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Docteur Patch  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$135,014,968 (USA) (28 May 1999)

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Did You Know?


When Dean Walcott is walking down the hall, right before he enters the room where Patch is playing with the hospital bed, there is a page that comes over the intercom for Dr. Maslow to dial 214. Dr. Abraham Maslow, noted psychologist, developed the "Hierarchy of Needs" that explains how the personality reacts to environmental factors and needs. See more »


At the Gesundheit Institute, one of the patients is watching the Marx Brothers film Duck Soup. But the audio track doesn't match the portion of the film shown on the television screen. See more »


Arthur Mendelson: How many fingers do you see?
Hunter Patch Adams: Four.
Arthur Mendelson: No no! Look beyond the fingers! Now tell me how many you see.
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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »


Oh Suzanna
From the film Duck Soup (1933)
Written by Stephen Foster
Arranged and adapted by Harry Ruby, Bert Kalmar
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Laughter Is The Best Medicine.
15 September 2001 | by (London/England) – See all my reviews

Patch Adams is the remarkable true story about a man determined to become a medical doctor because he enjoys helping people. The medical community though do not like his methods of healing the sick patients, even though everyone else appreciates and enjoys what he does as he is the only one who can do so. Robin Williams stars as Patch 'Hunter' Adams and he does a brilliant job as always. He's an amazing actor and *really* funny too. Other good performances, come from Philip Seymour Hoffman and Monica Potter. Patch Adams is a must-see and I give the movie a 10/10.

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