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.


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


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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This summer's prescription for comedy. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


First collaboration between director Michael Caton-Jones and composer Carter Burwell. The last movie they did together was The Jackal (1997). See more »


Near the beginning of the film, when Ben goes outside his cabin toward the lake, there is nothing visible on the path as he sits down. After Lou emerges topless from the lake, and has her exchange with Ben, she then reaches down to pick up a robe to cover herself. The robe would have been clearly evident to Ben as he approached the lake, but there was nothing in the prior shot of the path. See more »


Dr. Benjamin Stone: Beverly Hills. The most beautiful women in the world. Plastic surgery. What do these three things have in common? Me, in less than a week.
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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 »


Referenced in Cars (2006) See more »


Written by Willie Nelson
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of MCA Records
(played as Ben and Lou are at the festival dance)
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Such a great feel-good film
23 September 2002 | by lee-219See all my reviews

A video I have in my collection, which is limited to only those films worth watching repeatedly. A bit of a fantsy, but so refreshing. The photography and lighting helps make the sets believable and adds much to viewers ability to loosen their mind and become involved in the movie.

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Release Date:

2 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doc Hollywood See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,251,854, 4 August 1991

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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