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Patch Adams (1998)

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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Box Office

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$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,262,280, 27 December 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$135,026,902

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$202,292,902
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Trivia

One of the film's producers, Mike Farrell, met the real Patch Adams when Adams served as an advisor to the TV series M*A*S*H (1972), in which Farrell played B.J. Hunnicutt, one of the Army doctors. See more »

Goofs

When Patch tells Dean Walcott he wants to see his records, the Dean replies that they are confidential. As Patch walks out, the Dean has his head down, he is writing and his left arm on the desk, before he lifts his head, moves both his arms and prepares to get out of his chair. However, when the Dean says "Only the staff...", he is still writing and his left arm is back on the desk, before he stands up. See more »

Quotes

Hunter Patch Adams: [imitating a skeleton] I have a boner. Wait, I am a boner.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: The Caper Chase (2017) 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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Robin Williams:The Best Medicine
8 March 2005 | by 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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