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Patch Adams (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  25 December 1998 (USA)
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In the 1970s, a medical student 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 <>

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hospital | doctor | humor | student | 1970s | See All (73) »


Based On A True Story. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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2.35 : 1
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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 »


The answering machine in the movie didn't exist at that time. See more »


Hunter Patch Adams: [imitating a skeleton] I have a boner. Wait, I am a boner.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jonah Hill/The Shins (2012) See more »


Written by Sly Stone (as Sylvester Stewart)
Performed by Sly and the Family Stone (as Sly & The Family Stone)
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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