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The Hospital (1971)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 11 May 1972 (UK)
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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 overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... Dr. Herbert Bock
Diana Rigg ... Barbara Drummond
Barnard Hughes ... Drummond / Dr. Mallory
Richard Dysart ... Dr. Welbeck (as Richard A. Dysart)
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 ... Dr. Ronald Casey
Arthur Junaluska Arthur Junaluska ... Mr. Blacktree
Kate Harrington Kate Harrington ... Nurse Dunne
Katherine Helmond ... Marilyn Mead
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Storyline

Dr. Herbert Bock (George C. Scott), 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 Drummond (Dame Diana Rigg), 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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Trivia

Paddy Chayefsky: opening off-screen narrator. See more »

Goofs

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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Well-written and scathingly funny
10 March 2015 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

"The Hospital" is pretty much what you'd expect from a Paddy Chayefsky movie on healthcare. Its Manhattan Hospital Center is a Gothic horror funhouse in which patients are killed either due to neglect, the wrong diagnosis or any other manner of bureaucratic nightmare. All of this is played to the ridiculous extremes and it makes for some hilarious dark comedy.

George C. Scott is the film's fiery main attraction (the man is incomparable, really), and his frustrated character is both energizing and exhausting. And his one-on-one dialogues with Diana Rigg help give this movie its emotional core. But the outlandishness of this hospital is what makes this movie memorable for me. Which honestly isn't supposed to subtract in any way from Scott's contribution (seriously, watch this for him), but there's also Barnard Hughes' tirade in the OR, Mrs. Cushing's badgering of despondent patients for their Blue Cross numbers, and the kind of farcical healthcare environment that really hits a little too close to home, these days.

This is riveting absurdity.

8/10


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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Simcha Productions. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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