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The Hospital (1971)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 11 May 1972 (UK)
An over-burdened doctor struggles to find meaning in his life while a murderer stalks the halls of his hospital.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writer:

Paddy Chayefsky (by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... Dr. Bock
Diana Rigg ... Barbara
Barnard Hughes ... Drummond
Richard Dysart ... Dr. Welbeck (as Richard A. Dysart)
Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott ... Dr. Sundstrom
Donald Harron ... Milton Mead
Andrew Duncan ... William Mead
Nancy Marchand ... Mrs. Christie
Jordan Charney ... Hitchcock
Roberts Blossom ... Guernsey
Lenny Baker ... Dr. Schaefer
Richard Hamilton Richard Hamilton ... Dr. Ronald Casey
Arthur Junaluska Arthur Junaluska ... Mr. Blacktree
Kate Harrington Kate Harrington ... Nurse Dunne
Katherine Helmond ... Marilyn Mead
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Storyline

Herbert Bock, the chief of medicine in a New York City teaching hospital, is contemplating suicide; he's impotent, his wife has left him, and his children aren't speaking to him. His hospital is also suffering from a recent spate of inexplicable deaths. In the midst of these setbacks, Bock is romantically drawn to the much younger Barbara, whose father is a patient. As Barbara restores Bock's will to live, it turns out that the hospital deaths are murders. Written by Jwelch5742

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I may be crazy, but I think I've operated on the wrong patient. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content and drug references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Right Smack Into the Wind See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$19,711,560
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Production Co:

Simcha Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only Oscar nominated performance by George C. Scott in a non-Best Picture nominated film. See more »

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About ten minutes into the movie, as the characters walk down a hospital hallway, followed by the camera, a technician and his microphone are revealed behind a nurse's cart. The camera then tightens the shot around the actors. See more »

Quotes

Herbert Bock: You know, when I say impotent, I don't mean merely limp. When I say impotent, I mean I've lost even my desire to work. That's a hell of a lot more primal passion than sex. I've lost my reason for being... my purpose. The only thing I ever truly loved.
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Although Barnard Hughes played two distinct roles, the end credits lists Hughes as playing the role of Drummond but not Dr. Mallory. See more »

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Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003) See more »

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More black than comedy. The only joke is how unfunny this film is.
1 August 2004 | by Ben_CheshireSee all my reviews

A hospital, its suicidal boss, and its resident murderer are the focus of this black-as-they-come comedy. More depressing and intense than funny. You've gotta be prepared for some real gallows humour. Plus, Scott is probably one of the most intense people ever to have lived!

It was a curiosity piece, all right. Being that Dr Strangelove is one of my favourite movies, I was curious to see another of George C Scott's comedy roles. Without Kubrick forcing him to go over the top, though, he's just very scary and dark here. He's good, but just too intense to laugh at. In fact, i didn't laugh once the entire movie. The curiosity is Scott's performance: its marvellous, but not effective. He bowls you over with the middle-age depression baking out of him, but its so overwhelming it quashes any chance of laughing at it.

If i'd never seen Dr Strangelove, i would have sworn Scott could not play comedy. Seems like Kubrick had to drag that out of him like he was pulling his spine out through his head.

The whole indian thing was a massively irrelevent tangent... padding... And the woman who takes up the last half of the picture has no screen presence, she's just annoying. And like most movies of this period it attempt to lend more importance to itself by dabbling in the down-with-the-establishment popular politics of the time.

1/5. I can pretty much guarantee you won't enjoy this - unless you take it as a straight drama, and Scott's performance as an example of that Brando-esque holy grail of filmic intensity. Dislaimer: one unexpected rape scene, which is included in the black humour. Only for mature audeinces: anyone too young will be terrified.


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