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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
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

Herbert Bock, 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, 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:

Madness, Murder and Malpractice. 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The only Oscar nominated performance by George C. Scott in a non-Best Picture nominated film. See more »

Goofs

In the Emergency Room, the dead patient's eyes and head change positions between the time Mrs. Cushing and Dr. Spezio look at him. See more »

Quotes

Herbert Bock: It is all rubbish isn't it? I mean... transplants, antibodies. We manufacture genes. We can produce birth ectogenetically. We can practically clone people like carrots, and half the kids in this ghetto haven't even been inoculated for polio. We have established the most enormous medical... entity ever conceived, and people are sicker than ever. We cure nothing! We heal nothing! The whole goddamn wretched world, strangulating in front of our eyes.
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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 The 50th Annual Academy Awards (1978) See more »

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" We have created the greatest Medical entity in the world and people are sicker than ever"
29 November 2008 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

Read a biography of the late George C. Scott and you'll discover why he was so enormously talented. He was asked by an interviewer what his secret was when making each character he played his own. Scott replied, he possessed inside him a burning fire which drove him. In one of his last interviewers, he sadly revealed he had lost the drive. This was not the case when he starred in the movie, "The Hospital." In this offering, he plays talented doctor Bock, medical director of one of the finest hospitals in the country. However, life has dealt him some crippling problems, such as losing his wife to a divorce, becoming alienated from both his promising children and worse of all, believing himself to be physically impotent. At this point, he is now becoming complacent, morose and frequently fantasizes various ways of committing suicide. To add to his growing list of personal obstacles, his main reason for being, his hospital has come under siege by students and neighborhood protesters, incompetent doctors like Dr. Welbeck (Richard Dysart) and a mysterious MD. who is killing both patients and doctors alike, because he believes he is "the Wrath of the Lamb." (Barnard Hughes). Few choices are left to Bock. One is promising doctor Brubaker (Robert Walden) whom he confides in by saying, "If there were an oven around here, I would put my head in it." The second is a luscious young woman, named Barbara who is attracted to Bock because he acts like a wounded bear. Paddy Chayefsky wrote the screen-play and Arthur Hiller did an extremely good job of directing this dramatically interesting, dark story, but a vehicle nonetheless, lit by the fire of George C. Scott. ****


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