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Stephen King's take on the masterpiece series by Lars von Trier. The story takes place in a hospital in Lewiston, Maine, built on the site of a Civil War-era mill fire in which many children died.


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Series cast summary:
 Dr. Elmer Traff (13 episodes, 2004)
 Sally Druse (13 episodes, 2004)
 Dr. Stegman (13 episodes, 2004)
 Peter Rickman (13 episodes, 2004)
 Otto (13 episodes, 2004)
 Dr. Hook (13 episodes, 2004)
Jennifer Cunningham ...
 Christa (13 episodes, 2004)
 Mary Jensen (13 episodes, 2004)
 Dr. Lona Massingale / ... (13 episodes, 2004)
 Dr. Jesse James (13 episodes, 2004)
Brandon Bauer ...
 Abel Lyon (13 episodes, 2004)
 Nurse Carrie Von Trier / ... (13 episodes, 2004)
Allison Hossack ...
 Dr. Christine Draper (13 episodes, 2004)
 Natalie Rickman (13 episodes, 2004)
Del Pentecost ...
 Bobby Druse (13 episodes, 2004)
 Antubis / ... (13 episodes, 2004)
William Wise ...
 Dr. Louis Traff (13 episodes, 2004)
 Nurse Brick Bannerman (11 episodes, 2004)
 Danny (10 episodes, 2004)
 Ollie (10 episodes, 2004)
Janet Wright ...
 Liz Hinton (10 episodes, 2004)
 Dr. Sonny Gupta (9 episodes, 2004)
 Firecracker Man (8 episodes, 2004)
 Henry Havens (8 episodes, 2004)
 Dr. Brenda Abelson (7 episodes, 2004)
 Dr. Richard Shwartzton (7 episodes, 2004)
Penelope Corrin ...
 Julie (6 episodes, 2004)
 Idler #2 (6 episodes, 2004)
 Mona Klingerman (6 episodes, 2004)
Bill Meilen ...
 Dr. Egas Gottreich / ... (6 episodes, 2004)
 Rolf Pederson (6 episodes, 2004)
 Frank Schweigen (6 episodes, 2004)


Shocking and frightening tale of a haunted hospital that was built over an ancient graveyard. The doctors have put all their faith into science and technology, and are dismissive of any suggestion of mysticism or unseen powers...at their own peril. Written by Cappella -NL-

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Release Date:

3 March 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital  »

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$37,500,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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Jack Coleman is wearing a "Little Tall" sweatshirt. Little Tall is an island that is the setting for Stephen King's Storm of the Century and Dolores Claiborne. See more »


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A mediocre and not funny remake
9 March 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The First thing you have to know is that "Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital" on ABC is a remake of the Danish mini-series "Riget" and "Riget II" by Lars Von Trier. So it's essentially a process of "translating" something for the mainstream. My main problem with this was that they didn't focused on all the important things; it lost all the humor factor and it's special weirdo characters, and that was what made the original show so unique. And now we don't have any of that, we lost all the interesting characters and the black humor, what we get is the gore and the ghost story only. It really gives an idea about how little King and the Americans understood from the original. Yes, Ernst-Hugo Järegård is irreplaceable, but for God's sake, even the rest of these characters are all too normal, they look too nice, healthy, like models. Even when they supposed to be weird, it's somehow cliched, typical commercially "alternative". It's the paradox goal of this show, you can't turn the alternative to mainstream while remain alternative, because they are the antitheses of each other.

Another negative thing is that it's budget was probably like 10 times higher than the original, that's not negative on it's own, but they used that money on things that would have been much better without them, first of all it looks like a Hollywood movie, even though they tried to create some alternative look with the lighting but it's still too nice, too hyper realistic, that subtracts from the creepy mood a lot. And then we have some CGI characters, a talking sloth-bear, that has the teeth of the Worms from Dreamcatcher... As a conclusion you get what you have expected, a dumbed down, mainstream version of something original, and the worst is that it's badly executed.

My Rating: 3 / 10

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