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The fact-based story of an unconventional physician who attempted to heal patients with laughter, based on his own book and mixing equal doses of scatological humor and pathos. Robin Williams stars as Hunter Adams, a troubled young man who commits himself to a mental institution in the late 1960s. His experiences there convince Adams to become a doctor, and he enrolls in medical school, where he is appalled at the cold, clinical professionalism that alienates patients from their caregivers. Determined to provide emotional and spiritual relief as well as medicine, Adams clowns around for his patients, getting to know them personally. Although his efforts seem to work wonders and the hospital nursing staff is grateful for the levity Adams provides, his methods alienate his uptight roommate Mitch (Philip Seymour Hoffman) as well as the staff and faculty of his school. Adams perseveres, however, even starting his own low-cost rural clinic called the Gesundheit Institute, and wooing a pretty fellow student, Carin (Monica Potter). Tragedy strikes, and Adams' career is put in jeopardy, forcing him to defend his style and philosophy before a board of jurists determined to bar him from practicing medicine. Patch Adams (1998) was produced by former M*A*S*H (1972-83) star Mike Farrell, who met the real-life Adams when the offbeat doctor served as an advisor to the actor's popular TV series. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:December 25, 1998

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marc Shaiman Best Musical or Comedy Score 1998 Nominee

Cast

Robin Williams
as Patch Adams
Daniel London
as Trumen
Monica Potter
as Carin
Philip Seymour Hoffman
as Mitch
Bob Gunton
as Dean Walcott
Josef Sommer
as Dr. Eaton
Irma P. Hall
as Joletta
Frances Lee McCain
as Judy
Harve Presnell
as Dean Anderson
Daniella Kuhn
as Adelane
Jake Bowen
as Bryan
Peter Coyote
as Bill Davis
James Greene
as Bile
Michael Jeter
as Rudy
Harold Gould
as Arthur Mendelson
Richard Kiley
as Dr. Titan
Ryan Hurst
as Neil

Crew

Tom Shadyac
Director
Marvin Minoff
Producer
Mike Farrell
Producer
Barry Kemp
Producer
Charles James Newirth
Producer
Maureen Mylander
Book Author
Steve Oedekerk
Screenwriter
Phedon Papamichael
Cinematographer
Marc Shaiman
Composer (Music Score)
Don Zimmerman
Editor
Linda de Scenna
Production Designer
Jim Nedza
Art Director
Steve Oedekerk
Co-producer
Devorah Moos-Hanklin
Co-producer
Alan B. Curtiss
Associate Producer
Allegra Clegg
Associate Producer
Marsha Garces Williams
Executive Producer
Tom Shadyac
Executive Producer
Judy Ruskin-Howell
Costume Designer
Nelson Stoll
Sound/Sound Designer
Alan B. Curtiss
First Assistant Director
Hallie D'Amore
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