A young doctor on his way across the country to a job interview crashes his car in a small town and is sentenced to work for several days at the town hospital.

Writers:

Neil B. Shulman (book) (as Neil B. Shulman M.D.), Laurian Leggett (adaptation) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael J. Fox ... Ben Stone
Julie Warner ... Lou
Barnard Hughes ... Dr. Hogue
Woody Harrelson ... Hank
David Ogden Stiers ... Nick Nicholson
Frances Sternhagen ... Lillian
George Hamilton ... Dr. Halberstrom
Bridget Fonda ... Nancy Lee
Mel Winkler Mel Winkler ... Melvin
Helen Martin ... Maddie
Roberts Blossom ... Judge Evans
Tom Lacy ... Cotton
Macon McCalman ... Aubrey Draper
Raye Birk ... Simon Tidwell
Eyde Byrde Eyde Byrde ... Nurse Packer
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Storyline

Benjamin Stone is a young doctor driving to L.A., where he is interviewing for a high-paying job as a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. He gets off the highway to avoid a traffic jam, but gets lost and ends up crashing into a fence in the small town of Grady. He is sentenced to 32 hours of community service at the local hospital. All he wants is to serve the sentence, get his car fixed and get moving, but gradually the locals become attached to the new doctor, and he falls for the pretty ambulance driver, Lou. Will he leave? Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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He was headed for Beverly Hills to be a plastic surgeon... But he took an exit to a town that didn't take plastic. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

At one point Hank Gordon says, "I don't trust a man who doesn't eat meat." In real life, Woody Harrelson is a vegan. See more »

Goofs

No such place as "Grady" in South Carolina. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Benjamin Stone: Wo, who are you?
Vialula: Don't tease me.
Dr. Benjamin Stone: No I'm serious. You look a lot like Lou, but you're a lot prettier.
Vialula: I'm warning you Stone, I could probably whoop you in a fistfight.
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Alternate Versions

For its original UK cinema release, one use of 'fuck' was removed in order for the film to receive a 12 rating. All video releases are uncut, upgraded to a 15 at first and lowered to a 12 in 2006. See more »

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Features The General (1926) See more »

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Kije's Wedding (from Lieutenant Kije)
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a gem of a movie
2 January 2003 | by saimahuqSee all my reviews

I didn't like Doc Hollywood the first time I saw it in 1991 --- then I watched it again a few years ago and was blown away by the writing, acting and all-around sweet nature of the film.

Dr. Ben Stone is leaving DC for a job doing plastic surgery for celebs in LA when he runs into a picket fence in a small Southern town and has to do 3 days of community service at their clinic as penance. His fancy sports car is totaled anyway and he has to get it fixed. Miffed at being waylaid in such a hokey place, he tries to get through the next few days in time for his new job.

He meets a wide cast of characters -- and to their credit, not everyone in a small town is so gosh-friendly. Some are mean, some are troubled, some are nice -- like any other array of people. Ben meets Lou, a single mother who drives the ambulance, as well as Nancy Lee Nicholson, a confused beauty who wants him to take her to LA.

This movie is great because it is about many people deciding for themselves how they want to live -- whether in a big city or in a small town -- and why they value what they do. It is also about an epiphany for Ben Stone and changing of his ways internally.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doc Hollywood See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,251,854, 4 August 1991

Gross USA:

$54,830,779

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,830,779
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Company Credits

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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