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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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 »

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Position of Patch's hands and fingers in the first "How many fingers do you see?" scene. See more »

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Arthur Mendelson: [Mr. Mendelson's attorney is expressing concern over him using his land for Patch's free medical clinic] You learn anything about proctology yet?
Hunter Patch Adams: A little.
Arthur Mendelson: Good, take care of this asshole for me, will you?
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Chattanooga Choo Choo
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Members of Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (as Glen Miller Orchestra)
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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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