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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$50,000,000 (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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The fifth time Robin Williams has played a doctor in the space of nine years, after Awakenings (1990), Nine Months (1995), Good Will Hunting (1997), and What Dreams May Come (1998). See more »

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The level of the drink in Truman's glass changes between shots when he is talking to Patch. See more »

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Hunter Patch Adams: [while in group session] Beanie... which way is Heaven?
Trevor Beene: [who is in a catatonic state, keeps his arm raise, pointing upwards]
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People Got to Be Free
Written by Edward Brigati (as Eddie Brigati Jr.) and Felix Cavaliere
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Touched my heart
17 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first time I watched this movie, it was truly wonderful and has been every time I've watched it since. "Patch Adams" delivers a powerful message of how to just be silly and break the rules when it's in the best interest of everyone around. He knew in his heart that all the patients needed to laugh. Laughter is after all the best medicine anyone could ask for. But Patch knew how to be serious and when to be. How he treated all the other students, faculty, nurses, and patients truly inspired more than just me, but many people I know. His way of life is one that I recommend for anyone.

Robin Williams give a 5-star performance in Patch Adams. He is a genius in creativity and comedy, but knows how to bring every aspect of a person's life out on the screen. I know that he is just playing the role, but he wraps you entirely into a movie and makes it seem like he is the man.

I recommend this movie to all...young and old. It's a winner forever in my heart.


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