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Patch Adams

  • Comedy
  • 1998
  • Tom Shadyac
  • 110 mins
  • 12

Summary

Biographical comedy drama starring Robin Williams as a former mental patient-turned-medical student whose unorthodox methods of treating the infirm soon bring him into conflict with forbidding authoritarian, Dean Walcott.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Robin Williams is ideally cast here as Hunter "Patch" Adams, an irrepressible idealist whose dream of becoming a doctor is threatened by his inability to conform to medical school dictates, particularly in his persistence in relating to patients on an emotional level. Williams's penchant for playing the clowning do-gooder is indulged too heavily by director Tom Shadyac, however, and the pat manipulation of emotions comes with a dangerously high level of saccharin. But anyone who's ever felt aggrieved by impersonal treatment from the medical establishment will enjoy Williams's system-bucking antics and the sincerity of Patch's mission to treat the individual as well as the disease.

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Credits

Cast

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Hunter "Patch" AdamsRobin Williams
TrumanDaniel London
CarinMonica Potter
MitchPhilip Seymour Hoffman
Dean WalcottBob Gunton
Dr EatonJosef Sommer
JolettaIrma P Hall
JudyFrances Lee McCain

Crew

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DirectorTom Shadyac

Details

Theatrical distributor
U.I.P. (UK)
Guidance
Edited for language.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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