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The National Health (1973)

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The British National Health System is skewered in this comedy set in a rundown London hospital. The hospital is filled with wacky staff members and patients, and the film strives to get all... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Gold

Writers:

Peter Nichols (play), Peter Nichols (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lynn Redgrave ... Nurse Sweet / Nurse Betty Martin
Colin Blakely ... Edward Loach
Eleanor Bron ... Sister McFee / Sister Mary MacArthur
Donald Sinden ... Mr. Carr / Senior Surgeon Boyd
Jim Dale ... Barnet / Dr. Neil Boyd
Bob Hoskins ... Foster
David Hutcheson David Hutcheson ... Mackie
Mervyn Johns ... Rees
Bert Palmer Bert Palmer ... Flegg
Clive Swift ... Ash
Gillian Barge ... Dr. Bird
George 'Calypso' Browne George 'Calypso' Browne ... The Chaplain (as George Browne)
Patience Collier ... The Lady Visitor
Jumoke Debayo Jumoke Debayo ... Nurse Lake
Robert Gillespie ... Tyler
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The British National Health System is skewered in this comedy set in a rundown London hospital. The hospital is filled with wacky staff members and patients, and the film strives to get all it can from their humorous escapades. The movie also includes a satire-within-a-satire, with "Nurse Norton's Affair" providing a send-up of TV hospital soap operas. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The National Health, or Nurse Norton's Affair See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Virgin Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Sheila Scott-Wilkenson and Neville Aurelius both receive "introducing" credits See more »

Quotes

Foster: They keep you busy here - they wake you up to give you a sleeping tablet.
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Music Remembered and Conducted by Carl Davis See more »

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Marche Slav
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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Quality Black Humor
20 November 2003 | by i-iz-mattySee all my reviews

Jim Dale is a revelation in this movie, with only slight echoes of his "Carry on Doctor" movies - here he has much richer material to play with.

The appalling conditions of an under-funded national health hospital are comically contrasted with a "Dr Kildare" style soap showing in the ward televisions. The contrast between the real world and the fantasy soap world is skillfully done.

A charming, tragic, funny and intelligent black comedy made in the days when Britain generally made very poor comedy movies.


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