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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Laughter is contagious. 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)  »

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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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Patch Adams is shown as being one of the highest testing students in the school, yet he is never seen studying, even when he is at the study table with his colleagues. 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 »


Hunter Patch Adams: Sir, I want to be a doctor will all my heart.
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Bell Bottom Blues
Written by Eric Clapton
Performed by Derek & The Dominos (as Derek and the Dominoes)
Courtesy of PolyGram International Music B.V.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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A good movie, with a great performance by Robin Williams
22 February 2005 | by (someplace) – See all my reviews

I have never seen a movie with Robin Williams that I haven't liked. The man is a comic genius and a great actor as well. He uses both of those characteristics in this movie.

Patch Adams is the true story about a doctor who works really hard to entertain the patients. I think it is awesome that a guy like him really existed and tried to make everything fun. The movie follows him from medical school all the way up through the rest of his life. It follows his relationships with his friends and his workers.

This movie is good, but not as good as many other Robin Williams movies. It never gets boring though, and it always stays entertaining. I'd say this is for anyone who likes Robin Williams, or for anyone who wants to see a funny movie.

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