IMDb > Patch Adams (1998)
Patch Adams
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Patch Adams (1998) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 46 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
6.6/10   64,491 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 18% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers (WGA):
Patch Adams (book) and
Maureen Mylander (book) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Patch Adams on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
25 December 1998 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Based On A True Story. See more »
Plot:
A medical student in the 70's treats patients, illegally, using humor. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Laugh away your ills. See more (353 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robin Williams ... Patch Adams

Daniel London ... Truman

Monica Potter ... Carin

Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Mitch

Bob Gunton ... Dean Walcott

Josef Sommer ... Dr. Eaton

Irma P. Hall ... Joletta

Frances Lee McCain ... Judy

Harve Presnell ... Dean Anderson

Daniella Kuhn ... Adelane

Peter Coyote ... Bill Davis
James Greene ... Bile

Michael Jeter ... Rudy

Harold Gould ... Arthur Mendelson
Bruce Bohne ... Trevor Beene

Harry Groener ... Dr. Prack

Barry Shabaka Henley ... Emmet (as Barry 'Shabaka' Henley)
Steven Anthony Jones ... Charlie

Richard Kiley ... Dr. Titan

Douglas Roberts ... Larry

Ellen Albertini Dow ... Aggie

Alan Tudyk ... Everton

Ryan Hurst ... Neil
Peter Siteri ... Chess Man (as Peter Siiteri)
Don West ... Instructor
Domenique Lozano ... Passerby

Ralph Peduto ... Organizer
Ken Hoffman ... Big Texan
Roy Conrad ... E.R. Doctor
Jay Jacobus ... Jack Walton

Dot-Marie Jones ... Miss Meat (as Dot Marie Jones)
Geoff Fiorito ... 3rd Year Student
Samuel Sheng ... 3rd Year Student
Kathleen Stefano ... Margery
Piers Mackenzie ... Dr. Hashman
Alex Gonzalez ... Hispanic Boy
Ismael 'East' Carlo ... Hispanic Father
Jake Bowen ... Bryan
Cameron Brooke Stanley ... Children's Ward Patient
Jamieson Downes ... Children's Ward Patient (as Jamieson G. Downes)
Jena Marie Thomas ... Children's Ward Patient
Wesley G. Haines ... Children's Ward Patient
Aaron Alexander ... Children's Ward Patient
Amadeius Cheadle ... Children's Ward Patient
David Cooper ... Children's Ward Patient
Peter Idiart ... Children's Ward Patient
Tim Johnson ... Children's Ward Patient
Kate Keith ... Children's Ward Patient
Alberto Rocha ... Children's Ward Patient
Domonique Tate ... Children's Ward Patient
Joseph Trefry ... Children's Ward Patient
Richard J. Silberg ... Psych Patient
William Joseph Scharff ... Psych Patient

James Anthony Cotton ... Psych Patient

Michael X. Sommers ... Psych Patient (as Michael Rae Sommers)
Howard Allison Williams ... Psych Patient

David Fine ... Psych Patient

James Carraway ... Psych Patient
J. Stephen Coyle ... Psych Patient
Wanda McCaddon ... Woman in Lobby
Wanda Christine ... Nurse Klegg (as Wandachristine)
Lorri Holt ... Pediatric Nurse
Stephanie Smith ... Laughing Nurse

Mary DeLorenzo ... Nurse

Vivis Colombetti ... Hysterical Woman (as Vivis)
Donna Kimball ... Waitress

Norman Alden ... Truck Driver
Lydell M. Cheshier ... Younger Man
Diane Amos ... Older Waitress

Sonya Eddy ... Older Waitress

Kelvin Han Yee ... Orderly (as Kelvin Yee)

Doreen Foo Croft ... Asian Woman (as Doreen Chou Croft)

Bill Roberson ... Fred Jarvis

Randy Oglesby ... Pinstriped Man
Vilma Vitanva ... Maria (as Vilma Vitanza)

Bonnie Johnson ... Walcott's Secretary
Helen Tourtillott ... Feeble Woman
Christine Pineda ... Hispanic Girl

Karen Michel Pavlick ... Mrs. Davis (as Karen Michel)
James Allen ... Ed
Katherine Fitzhugh ... Mrs. O'Bannon (as Katherine A. Fitzhugh)
Kyle Timothy Smith ... Davis Son
Jonathan Holder ... Davis Son
Renee Rogers ... Receptionist
Shannon Orrock ... Receptionist (as Shanón Orrock)
Don Rizzo ... Minister
George Lee ... Boardroom Doctor (as George Lee Masters)
Dan Hannafin ... Boardroom Doctor (as Daniel P. Hannafin)

Roger W. Durrett ... Boardroom Doctor
Richard C. Adkins ... Gynecologist

Ralph David Westfall ... Gynecologist
Bob Feaster ... Gynecologist
Thom McIntyre ... Gynecologist
Alfred Salley ... Gynecologist

Michael Stanton Kennedy ... Gynecologist (as Michael Kennedy)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Acuff ... Dr. Anderson (uncredited)

Andy Arness ... Orderly (uncredited)

David Babich ... Medical Student (uncredited)
Jason Aaron Baca ... Patch Pirate (uncredited)

Rick Camp ... Funeral Mourner (uncredited)
Mike Casey ... Orderly (uncredited)
Alan Coppola ... Man in Arm Cast (uncredited)
Patricia M. Fairchild ... Patient (uncredited)

Mylo Ironbear ... Hospital Patient (uncredited)

Alexander Kanellakos ... Medical Intern (uncredited)

Brianna Meighan ... Traveler on Bus (uncredited)

Steve C. Porter ... Med student (uncredited)
Brian T. Rice ... Dr. Wilson S. Anders (uncredited)
Jonathan Schancupp ... Man (uncredited)

Greg Sestero ... Jaime (Monica Potter's brother) (uncredited)
Greg Taylor ... Student in Boardroom (uncredited)
James Marshall Wolchok ... Gynecologist (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Shadyac 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Patch Adams (book "Gesundheit: Good Health Is a Laughing Matter") (as Hunter Doherty Adams) and
Maureen Mylander (book "Gesundheit: Good Health Is a Laughing Matter")

Steve Oedekerk (screenplay)

Produced by
Allegra Clegg .... associate producer
Alan B. Curtiss .... associate producer
Mike Farrell .... producer
Barry Kemp .... producer
Marvin Minoff .... producer
Devorah Moos-Hankin .... co-producer (as Devorah Moos-Hankin)
Charles Newirth .... producer
Steve Oedekerk .... co-producer
Tom Shadyac .... executive producer
Marsha Garces Williams .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Marc Shaiman 
 
Cinematography by
Phedon Papamichael (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Don Zimmerman 
 
Casting by
Debra Zane 
 
Production Design by
Linda DeScenna 
 
Art Direction by
James Nedza  (as Jim Nedza)
 
Set Decoration by
Ric McElvin 
 
Costume Design by
Judy L. Ruskin  (as Judy Ruskin-Howell)
 
Makeup Department
Catherine Childers .... hair stylist
Judith A. Cory .... key hair stylist (as Judy Cory)
Hallie D'Amore .... key makeup artist
Mindy Hall .... makeup artist
Karyn Huston .... hair stylist
Cheri Minns .... makeup artist: Mr. Williams
Coni Andress .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Sherri Bramlett .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Debra Dietrich .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Joseph P. Hurt .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Linda Kamp .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Stephen Kelley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Nancie Marsalis .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Sandra S. Orsolyak .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sara Seidman .... third makeup (uncredited)
Jenny-King Turko .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Allegra Clegg .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David M. Bernstein .... second second assistant director (as David Bernstein)
Alan B. Curtiss .... first assistant director
Rebecca Greeley .... second second assistant director
Jonathan Watson .... second assistant director
E.J. Foerster .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Tony Belmonte .... drapery
Walter R. Buckallew .... head plasterer (as Wally Buckallew)
Victoria Carlson .... stand-by painter
Alan Easley .... key set dresser
Brad Einhorn .... property master
Ashley Fardys .... art department coordinator (as Ashley Cook)
Bobby Joe Garren .... greens foreman
Nancy Gilmore .... lead person
Joseph Gray .... general foreman (as Joe Gray)
Joe A. Hawthorne .... painter supervisor (as Joe Hawthorne)
J. Luther Jones III .... construction foreman (as Luther Jones)
Erin Kemp .... lead set designer
James Kroning .... assistant property master
Bob Laux .... labor foreman
Robert Montano .... plasterer foreman
Keith Neely .... assistant art director
John Oster .... construction foreman
Doug Pierce .... set designer
Tony Piller .... set dresser
Jim Poynter .... set dresser
David Ronan .... on-set dresser
Gerald Scaife .... construction auditor (as Jim Scaife)
Hal Schlax .... propmaker foreman
Dan Sweetman .... storyboard artist
Dawn Swiderski .... set designer
Don Weinger .... senior set designer
Butch West .... construction coordinator
Dwight Williams .... construction foreman
Kenneth Bryant .... set dresser (uncredited)
Shane Buckallew .... plaster foreman (uncredited)
Abigail Drury .... set painter (uncredited)
Loren Hillman-Morgan .... scenic painter (uncredited)
Travis Huffman .... propmaker (uncredited)
David Ladish .... swing gang (uncredited)
Doug Mackenzie .... set dresser (uncredited)
John Micheletos .... set dresser (uncredited)
John W. Morgan .... plasterer (uncredited)
Jim Poynter .... lead man: San Francisco and North Carolina (uncredited)
Jordu Schell .... painter (uncredited)
Mitch Sutton .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Joshua Teicher .... carpenter (uncredited)
Jack White .... food stylist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
Odin Benitez .... sound effects editor
Gaston Biraben .... dialogue editor
Rick Canelli .... adr recordist
John Clavin .... stage engineer
John T. Cucci .... foley artist (as John Cucci)
Frank Fleming .... sound recordist
Avram D. Gold .... dialogue editor
Randall Guth .... sound effects editor
Michael Hilkene .... supervising sound editor
Ken J. Johnson .... additional sound effects recordist
Michael Jonascu .... sound effects editor
Gregg Landaker .... sound mixer
Steve Maslow .... sound mixer
Michael Meier .... cable person
Piero Mura .... sound effects editor
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Brion Paccassi .... sound recordist
Jay Palmer .... stage engineer
Douglas Parker .... first assistant sound editor
Eric Pinckert .... apprentice sound editor
Fred Runner .... assistant sound mixer
Fred Runner .... boom operator
Pernell L. Salinas .... second assistant sound editor (as Pernell Salinas)
Solange S. Schwalbe .... foley supervisor
Debora Seaman .... foley recordist (as Debbie Seaman)
Nelson Stoll .... sound mixer
Christopher T. Welch .... adr editor (as Chris Welch)
John O. Wilde .... foley editor
Stephen Balliet .... boom operator (uncredited)
Jeff Etcher .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
David Blitstein .... special effects coordinator
Rod M. Janusch .... special effects (as Rod Janusch)
Andy Clement .... special makeup effects (uncredited)
Michael McGee .... special props (uncredited)
Lisa Reynolds .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Maura Alvarez .... digital rotoscoping artist: SPI (as Maura N. Alvarez)
Max Bruce .... technical designer: SPI
Marguerite Cargill .... high speed compositing artist: SPI
Sheena Duggal .... visual effects supervisor: SPI
Daniel Eaton .... compositing artist: SPI
Doug Forrest .... high speed compositing artist: SPI
Julia Frey .... visual effects producer: SPI (as Julia Rivas)
Layne Friedman .... compositing artist: SPI
Jenny Fulle .... visual effects executive producer: SPI
Dawn Guinta .... digital production manager: SPI
Scott Hill .... visual effects editor
Thomas Hollier .... computer graphics supervisor: SPI
Joanie Karnowski .... digital rotoscoping artist: SPI
Susan Kornfeld .... digital rotoscoping artist: SPI
Ivo Kos .... modeler: SPI
Michelle Minyon .... assistant visual effects supervisor
Raquel Morales .... digital 2D painter: SPI
Raquel Morales .... digital 3D painter: SPI
Sam Richards .... CG supervisor: SPI
David Schaub .... lead digital artist: butterfly animator, SPI
Robert Stromberg .... digital matte painter: SPI
David Takayama .... high speed compositing artist: SPI
Attila Veress .... film recording
Attila Veress .... film scanning operator
Guy Wiedmann .... visual effects editor: SPI
Alfredo R. Barcia .... film scanning and recording technician: SPI (uncredited)
Jason Dost .... digital recording operator (uncredited)
Anthony Harris .... visual effects timing coordinator (uncredited)
Brian Jochum .... digital effects producer (uncredited)
Paul McGhee .... film scanning and recording (uncredited)
Ken Ralston .... visual effects guru (uncredited)
Aaron Smith .... digital artist (uncredited)
Barry Weiss .... senior staff: SPI (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Rocky Capella .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Laura Lee Connery .... stunts (uncredited)
John Copeman .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Charles Croughwell .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Ariniello .... dolly grip
Chris Centrella .... key grip
Gregory M. Childers .... grip (as Gregory Childers)
Gary Dahlquist .... rigging gaffer
Tom Fendley .... electrician (as Thomas Fendley)
Jarek Gorczycki .... best boy electric
Melinda Sue Gordon .... still photographer
Jon Guterres .... grip (as Johnny Guterres)
D.J. Harder .... second assistant camera
Dean M. King .... best boy grip (as Dean King)
Jeff Kluttz .... rigging key grip
Alexandra Kravetz .... camera loader
Patrick Loungway .... camera operator
Kim Marks .... camera operator
Patrick McArdle .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Hugh McCallum .... grip
Dan Michalske .... electrician
Thomas C. Nisbet .... grip (as Thomas Nisbet)
Orlando Orona .... grip
Harrison Palmer .... electrician (as Harry Palmer)
Bobby Powell .... electrician
Duane Robinson .... rigging grip
Paul Sanchez .... first assistant camera
David A. Seekins .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Bill Summers .... rigging grip
Rafael E. Sánchez .... gaffer
John Trunk .... video assistant
Raymond Benthall .... electrician: rigging (uncredited)
Eric Blum .... pre-rigging electrician (uncredited)
Marty Coen .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Gregory Collis .... best boy rigging grip (uncredited)
Kenneth Estes .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Geoff Gann .... electrician (uncredited)
Oscar Gomez .... best boy rigging grip (uncredited)
Sheila Greene .... electrician (uncredited)
Ben D. Griffith Jr. .... grip: second unit (uncredited)
Matt Hedt .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
William S. Lake .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Brian Minzlaff .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
G. Anthony Phillips .... rigging grip (uncredited)
John Rhode .... camera operator (uncredited)
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: additional first assistant (uncredited)
Sabrine Rodems .... electrician (uncredited)
Jason Summers .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Beau Bonneau .... casting: San Francisco
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Kim Petrosky .... casting: North Carolina
Terri Taylor .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Derek J. Baskerville .... costumer: Mr. Williams (as Derek Baskerville)
Mary C. Lane .... costumer supervisor (as Mary Lane)
Peggy A. Schnitzer .... key costumer (as Peggy Schnitzer)
Nancy Servin .... seamstress (as Nancy Hart Servin)
Jennifer Day Young .... costumer: North Carolina
Mindy Gantt Bass .... set costumer (uncredited)
Julian J. Filiberti .... set costumer (uncredited)
Deborah Pollard Matthews .... costumer (uncredited)
Janet Melody .... tailor (uncredited)
Verena O'Connor .... costumer (uncredited)
Alice Powell .... seamstress (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Marlen Hill .... negative cutter
Scott Hill .... first assistant editor
Jim Passon .... color timer
Jason Wilson .... editorial assistant
Dan Zimmerman .... assistant editor
Dean Zimmerman .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Frank Bennett .... orchestrator
Jeff Carson .... music supervisor
David De Palo .... scoring assistant
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
Andrew Dorfman .... song coordinator
J.J. George .... supervising music editor
Jo Ann Kane .... music preparation (as Joann Kane)
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
Dennis S. Sands .... music mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Marc Shaiman .... music producer
Nick Vidar .... music programmer
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
David Campbell .... arranger/orchestrator/conductor (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Mark Graham .... music stage librarian (uncredited)
Jon Kull .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Stephanie Murray .... score stage administrator (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Randy Cantor .... transportation captain
Kirk A. Holland .... transportation co-captain (as Kirk Holland)
Joel Marrow .... transportation coordinator
Edwin Bowden Jr. .... driver (uncredited)
Ellen Faustine .... transportation office coordinator (uncredited)
Todd Luckey .... production van operator (uncredited)
Linda Pickett .... driver (uncredited)
Greg Stancil .... driver (uncredited)
Robert Van Apeldoorn .... transportation: North Carolina (uncredited)
Charlie Wright .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Coleen Aiello .... second assistant accountant
Mary J. Alen .... medical technical advisor
Saundra Marie Ardito .... second assistant accountant (as Sandra Ardito)
Clyde D. Baisey .... medic
Michael Bigham .... location scout
Jill Bowles .... assistant: Mr. Kemp
Adam Bryant .... stand-in: Robin Williams
Tom Dames .... second assistant accountant
Carol DePasquale .... script supervisor (as Carol De Pasquale)
Christopher Desmond .... medic
Bruce Dobrin .... systems engineer
Michael Dorner .... payroll accountant
Rory Enke .... location manager
Jennifer Garces .... assistant: Mr. Williams (as Jennifer Garces Cerchiai)
Mellisa Glass .... production assistant
Richard Graves .... technical assistant: HSC
Susannah Greason .... location assistant
Mark Hager .... assistant production coordinator
Rob Hoge .... location scout
Karis Jagger .... production assistant
Debra James .... production coordinator
Michael R. Kern .... first assistant accountant (as Michael Kern)
Paul LaZebnik .... assistant: Mr. Newirth (as Paul Lazebnik)
Denise Lewis .... medical technical advisor
Heather Leyton .... assistant: Mr. Shaydac
James Maull .... post-production accountant
Kevin McNamara .... production assistant
Michael John Meehan .... supervising location manager
Matt V. Messina .... production assistant (as Matt Messina)
Jasa Murphy .... production assistant
Amy Panzer .... craft service
Willie Radcliff .... craft service
Cheryl Rich .... production assistant
Christi Robbins .... production assistant
Sussanah Robbins .... location scout
Douglas V.R. Shellow .... assistant production coordinator
Rebecca Erwin Spencer .... assistant: Mr. Williams
Cheryl A. Stone .... production accountant
Mitch Sutton .... production assistant
Lloyd Thomas .... catering: For Stars Catering
Michael Umble .... unit publicist
Richard Bronskill .... auricle operator (uncredited)
Kristin Cauldwell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Astrid Crabbe .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Gary Ferraro .... caterer (uncredited)
Joseph Ford .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Richard Grant .... auricle operator (uncredited)
Andrea Miralia .... craft service production assistant: Chapel Hill (uncredited)
Jack Munn .... medic (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Patrick Duffek .... thanks
Robin Eickman .... thanks
Ken Ralston .... thanks
Julie Shadyac .... dedicatee
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some strong language and crude humor
Runtime:
115 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Company:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cameo: [Patch Adams]The real Patch Adams appears in the scene where the medical school staff returns with the verdict. He sits right behind Robin Williams.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The level of the drink in Truman's glass changes between shots when he is talking to Patch.See more »
Quotes:
Hunter Patch Adams:And if we bury you ass up, I have got a place to park my bike.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Holiday (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
People Got to Be FreeSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
13 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Laugh away your ills., 4 February 2010
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Patch Adams is based around the true life story of Hunter Adams, a very interesting man, who, after becoming suicidal and committing himself to a mental hospital, found a new lease of life and wanted to help people. Enrolling at medical school to become a doctor, Hunter became a flag waver for the "laughter is the best form of medicine" train of thought. Something that simultaneously irked his superiors and garnered a lot of patient support. A fascinating tale is given the Hollywood treatment with Robin Williams slotting into the role of Hunter Adams.

Not only is Patch Adams a fascinating story in itself, the reaction to it, pro & con, is also of high interest. I first ventured into this film a couple of years ago, believing it to be the devil's spawn. That belief was born out of the disdain brought down on it from the revered critics of the time. It's also suffered kicks a plenty from many a film fan during the advent of internet movie sites and the snowball effect that comes with such communities. I revisited the film just this last week to see if my initial positive reaction to the film still held. It did. What I found out was something I never knew the first time that I watched the film, namely it was well regarded enough to be nominated for awards. And not some by the bye magazine awards either. Williams was nominated for best actor at the American Comedy Awards and the Golden Globes, while the film itself was nominated at "The Globes" in the best picture category. It should also be noted that the film was a success at the box office. Made for $90 million, it's Worldwide gross in theatres was $203 million, and it was the number one box office film in America at Christmas 1998.

Why do I tell you these facts? I do so because sometimes the reputation of a film is distorted, such is the case with Patch Adams. Look, It's not a masterpiece or anything, it's an odd mixture of humour and drama and for Williams haters it's a definite no no. But it still has something for the discerning viewer. It's a film that is loaded in the protagonists favour, I mean who in their right mind could not side with the guy who makes the kiddies on the cancer ward laugh and cheer? Exactly. Things are further loaded by the portrayal of Dean Walcott by Bob Gunton, it's all snarling pomposity of the highest order, the suit you just love to hate. Then coming in from the side is Philip Seymour Hoffman as jealous swot room-mate, Mitch. Make no bones about it, the makers here are telling Hunter Adams' story; thus the other side of the fence is barely given any credence or intelligent debate. That's an itch that will not go away, but it barely stops Patch Adams being an emotionally driven, and potent, viewing experience.

If you have not seen it then you now have the facts to hand, it wasn't a bomb, the kind of lead balloon release that some would have you believe it was. It's divisive for sure, and, yes, it has problems that "us" fans are fully aware of. But maybe you will become a fan too? Williams is on full tilt animation mode, able to make one laugh and make one cry all in the confines of one little movie. And the ending, coming after the roller-coaster has done its run on the emotional track, is itself a form of medicine that you just can't get from the chemist. 7/10

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (353 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Patch Adams (1998)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
walked out during the movie. that_kiwi_fella
WHAT??? lightningmikester
Feeling disappointment/ disillusionment... Flywiththeowl
Nostalgia Critic's Review TheGodFella
Robin Williams as Patch Adams MissCholula
Rajkumar Hirani is a copy cat? suryawanshi-abhirocks-ab
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest The Best of Youth Munnabhai M.B.B.S. Lorenzo's Oil Restoration
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Biography section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.