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The House of God (1984)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 24 March 1984 (USA)
Follow a group of interns in a large teaching hospital. When Jo, Chief Resident, has a breakdown the interns are reluctantly placed under the tutelage of the senior resident known as The ... See full summary »

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(based on the novel by) (as Samuel Shem M.D.), (screenplay)
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... Roy Basch
... Fats (The Fatman)
... Wayne Potts
... Jo Miller
... Cissy Anderson
... Dr. Leggo
... Officer Quick
... Dr. Sanders
... Howie Greenspoon
... Dr. Gath
Kathryn Dowling ... Molly
... Hyper Hooper
... Officer Gillheeny
... Dr. Fishberg
... Dr. Pinkus
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Follow a group of interns in a large teaching hospital. When Jo, Chief Resident, has a breakdown the interns are reluctantly placed under the tutelage of the senior resident known as The Fatman. Like "M*A*S*H," "The Hospital" and "St. Elsewhere" (which is drawn from this story) this film is closer to the truth than the public wants to know. Written by Raymond Clay <banquosa@concentric.net>

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Every year in July, 6,000 young Men and Women leave the comfort and safety of medical school confident in the knowledge that they will become interns in the greatest system of medical care in the History of the universe. Some actually survive.

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Comedy | Drama

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R

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Never released theatrically; it debuted on cable TV. See more »

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The Fat Man refers to a bed position where the head of the bed is lower than the foot as "the Hindenburg." The proper term for this bed position is "Trendelenburg." See more »

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Did legal action stop THOG's release?
8 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

The House of God is based on the actual experiences of Samuel Shem when he was a medical intern at Harvard's Beth Israel (as in 'House of Israel') Hospital in Boston in the mid-70s. Shem is a nom de plume (the word Shem is Hebrew for 'name'). In medical school I spent some time at the BI and got to know the doctor who inspired the Leggo. His description in the book is accurate except for the giant purple birthmark on his face which didn't exist in real life. I later trained at a different Harvard hospital in the early 90s and one of the internists there trained a year after "Shem" and corroborated many of the details. One rumor I heard about why the film wasn't released was that Harvard Med School threatened legal action. Don't know if this is true since all the names of people and institutions were fictional in the book and movie but who knows?


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