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The Hospital (1971)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 11 May 1972 (UK)
An over-burdened doctor struggles to find meaning in his life while a murderer stalks the halls of his hospital.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writer:

Paddy Chayefsky (by)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... Dr. Bock
Diana Rigg ... Barbara
Barnard Hughes ... Drummond / Dr. Mallory
Richard Dysart ... Dr. Welbeck (as Richard A. Dysart)
Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott ... Dr. Sundstrom
Donald Harron ... Milton Mead
Andrew Duncan ... William Mead
Nancy Marchand ... Mrs. Christie
Jordan Charney ... Hitchcock
Roberts Blossom ... Guernsey
Lenny Baker ... Dr. Schaefer
Richard Hamilton ... Dr. Ronald Casey
Arthur Junaluska Arthur Junaluska ... Mr. Blacktree
Kate Harrington Kate Harrington ... Nurse Dunne
Katherine Helmond ... Marilyn Mead
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Storyline

Dr. Herbert Bock (George C. Scott), the chief of medicine in a New York City teaching hospital, is contemplating suicide. He's impotent, his wife has left him, and his children aren't speaking to him. His hospital is also suffering from a recent spate of inexplicable deaths. In the midst of these setbacks, Bock is romantically drawn to the much younger Barbara Drummond (Dame Diana Rigg), whose father is a patient. As Barbara restores Bock's will to live, it turns out that the hospital deaths are murders. Written by Jwelch5742

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Taglines:

Behind the lab coat beats the heart of a man who's been pushed to the edge. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content and drug references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Right Smack Into the Wind See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$19,711,560
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Simcha Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"The Hospital" seen in this movie was New York City's vast Metropolitan Hospital Center and, was referred to as "Manhattan Medical Center" by Barbara Drummond (Dame Diana Rigg) when ordering an ambulance. See more »

Goofs

About ten minutes into the movie, as the characters walk down a hospital hallway, followed by the camera, a technician and his microphone are revealed behind a nurse's cart. The camera then tightens the shot around the actors. See more »

Quotes

Barbara: We could really use you down there, you know there's a curiously high incidence of TB. You would be a doctor again, Herb. You would be necessary again. If you love me, I don't see what other choice you have?
Herbert Bock: What do you mean if I love you? I raped you in a suicidal rage, how do we get to love and children all the sudden?
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Crazy Credits

Although Barnard Hughes played two distinct roles, the end credits lists Hughes as playing the role of Drummond but not Dr. Mallory. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003) See more »

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Chayefsky hits it out of the park
5 May 2004 | by rupieSee all my reviews

I had never paid much attention to this flick until I learned that Paddy Chayefsky - author of the brilliant "Network" - was the scriptwriter. His work there had instructed me as to his genius, so when 'Hospital' appeared on TMC, I was anxious to see it. I was not disappointed. Looking at both this film and "Network" it would seem that his big theme is the absurdity, inanity, and sheer viciousness of large human enterprises (e.g., hospitals, networks) against the sanctity of individual experience and the human spirit, and all of it delivered with a knife-edge sense of utterly black humor. "Hospital" is as black of a comedy as "Network" is, and the excellent cast, led by the incomparable Scott, does his work full justice. This is a keeper; definitely not to miss.


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