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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Laughter is contagious. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site at Universal

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Docteur Patch 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$135,026,902

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$202,292,902
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The famous movie quote "What's wrong with Death, sir?", which Patch Adams said in this trial can be seen as a direct reference to the book "Gesundheit" by Hunter Adams, which the movie is partly based on. The chapter "Humor and Healing, or Why we're building a silly hospital" contains a part named "Fun Death", in which Adams criticizes that the society is uncomfortable with death that only a few are willing to discuss this matter. It is mentioned in the book that the real Patch Adams even asks his patients what kind of death they want. See more »

Goofs

During the welcome scene at the school, the green folder on the desk/counter moves between shots. See more »

Quotes

Hunter Patch Adams: Ye of little faith.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Edward Norton/Janelle Monae (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

All God's Chillen Got Wings
From the film Duck Soup (1933)
Traditional
Arranged and adapted by Harry Ruby and Bert Kalmar
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Very wonderful film!!
14 September 1999 | by Lindy-24See all my reviews

My husband and I loved this film. We laughed, cried and felt warm and fuzzy all over! Very well made film. Robin, as always did a great job with his part. His co-actor/actress were very good too. The movie made us a part of what was going on. I want a doctor just like Patch. To bad there aren't more doctors like that.


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