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Patch Adams (1998)

The true story of a heroic man, Hunter "Patch" Adams, determined to become a medical doctor because he enjoys helping people. He ventured where no doctor had ventured before, using humour and pathos.

Director:

Tom Shadyac

Writers:

Patch Adams (book) (as Hunter Doherty Adams), Maureen Mylander (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Patch Adams
Daniel London ... Truman
Monica Potter ... Carin
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Mitch
Bob Gunton ... Dean Walcott
Josef Sommer ... Dr. Eaton
Irma P. Hall ... Joletta
Frances Lee McCain ... Judy
Harve Presnell ... Dean Anderson
Daniella Kuhn ... Adelane
Peter Coyote ... Bill Davis
James Greene ... Bile
Michael Jeter ... Rudy
Harold Gould ... Arthur Mendelson
Bruce Bohne ... Trevor Beene
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Patch Adams is determined to become a medical doctor because he enjoys helping people. Unfortunately, the medical and scientific community does not appreciate his methods of healing the sick, while the actual patients, medical professors, and hospital nurses all appreciate the work *he* can do, because they are unable to do it. Written by Ari Herzog <ari@ici.net>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong language and crude humor | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Michael Jeter, who plays the unstable mental patient, Rudy, went on to play a mentally unstable prisoner on death row in The Green Mile (1999). See more »

Goofs

Position of Patch's hands and fingers in the first "How many fingers do you see?" scene. See more »

Quotes

Dean Walcott: Mr. Adams, when I told you I knew Dr. Prack, did I mislead you in some way to think I'm a pushover like he is? Kindly remove that coat. I told you, you are not to see the patients until the 3rd year.
Patch Adams: I'm just visiting friends, sir.
Dean Walcott: Why are you here? If you want to be a clown, go join the circus. Patients don't need to be entertained. They don't need a friend. They need a doctor! I don't want to see you in this hospital again.
Patch Adams: What if I visit the patients on my own time?
Dean Walcott: Yes, about your own time...
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Crazy Credits

The Blue Wolf Productions logo after the end credits features a wolf looking to its left. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hope & Faith: Madam President (2004) See more »

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Fur Elise
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven (as Ludwig Van Beethoven)
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Touched my heart
17 March 2005 | by Vampera66See all my reviews

The first time I watched this movie, it was truly wonderful and has been every time I've watched it since. "Patch Adams" delivers a powerful message of how to just be silly and break the rules when it's in the best interest of everyone around. He knew in his heart that all the patients needed to laugh. Laughter is after all the best medicine anyone could ask for. But Patch knew how to be serious and when to be. How he treated all the other students, faculty, nurses, and patients truly inspired more than just me, but many people I know. His way of life is one that I recommend for anyone.

Robin Williams give a 5-star performance in Patch Adams. He is a genius in creativity and comedy, but knows how to bring every aspect of a person's life out on the screen. I know that he is just playing the role, but he wraps you entirely into a movie and makes it seem like he is the man.

I recommend this movie to all...young and old. It's a winner forever in my heart.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Patch Adams See more »

Filming Locations:

Asheville, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,262,280, 27 December 1998

Gross USA:

$135,026,902

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$202,292,902
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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