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Patch Adams [HD DVD] (1998)

Robin Williams , Monica Potter , Tom Shadyac  |  PG-13 |  HD DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (403 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robin Williams, Monica Potter, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Daniel London, Bob Gunton
  • Directors: Tom Shadyac
  • Writers: Steve Oedekerk
  • Producers: Barry Kemp, Mike Farrell, Marvin Minoff, Charles Newirth
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (403 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T5O4B2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,563 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Patch Adams [HD DVD]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature Commentary with Director Tom Shadyac
  • The Medicinal Value of Laughter: Making of Patch Adams
  • Photo Montage
  • Outtakes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Storyboards & Final Feature Comparison
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    Patch Adams raises two schools of thought: There are those who are inspired by the true story of a troubled man who finds happiness in helping others--a man set on changing the world and who may well accomplish the task. And then there are those who feel manipulated by this feel-good story, who want to smack the young medical student every time he begins his silly antics.

    Staving off suicidal thoughts, Hunter Adams commits himself into a psychiatric ward, where he not only garners the nickname "Patch," but learns the joy in helping others. To this end, he decides to go to medical school, where he clashes with the staid conventions of the establishment as he attempts to inject humor and humanity into his treatment of the patients ("We need to start treating the patient as well as the disease," he declares throughout the film). Robin Williams, in the title role, is as charming as ever, although someone should tell him to broaden his range--the ever-cheerful do-gooder à la Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society is getting a little old. His sidekick Truman (Daniel London) steals the show with his gawky allure and eyebrows that threaten to overtake his lean face--he seems more real, which is odd considering that Patch Adams does exist and this film is based on his life. Monica Potter is the coolly reluctant love interest, and she makes the most of her one-dimensional part. While moments of true heartfelt emotion do come through, the major flaw of this film is that the good guys are just so gosh-darn good and the bad ones are just big meanies with no character development. Patch Adams, though, does provide the tears, the giggles, and the kooky folks who will keep you smiling at the end. --Jenny Brown

    Product Description

    Meet Patch Adams (Academy Award winner Robin Williams), a doctor who doesn't look, act or think like any doctor you've met before. For Patch, humor is the best medicine, and he's willing to do just about anything to make his patients laugh - even if it means risking his own career. Based on a true story, Patch Adams combines side-splitting humor with an inspiring story that transcends the traditional comedy.

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    33 of 34 people found the following review helpful

    This movie is based on the book "Gesundheit: Good Health is a Laughing Matter" by Hunter Doherty Adams with Maureen Mylander.

    Mike Farrell of "M*A*S*H" fame was one of the producers of this movie.

    This movie is also based on the true story of Hunter "Patch" Adams.

    At the movie's beginning we are taken to the psychiatric ward of a hospital in 1969. We discover here how Hunter Adams (Robin Williams) gets his unique nickname of "Patch" and why he decides to become a medical doctor.

    Two years later he goes to medical school where he encounters, among other things, a snobby roommate named Mitch (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a very traditional medical school dean (Bob Gunton), meets a fellow medical student named Truman (Daniel London) who becomes his good friend, and as well meets a stand-offish female medical student Corinne (Monica Potter) who eventually sees his point of view with respect to medicine.

    Patch's antics at the hospital where he learns to become a doctor are hilarious. (These antics almost get him kicked out of medical school.) But there is a method to his madness as he wants to humanize medicine. His underlying philosophy is:

    "A doctor's mission should be not just to prevent death but also to improve the quality of life [of patients]."

    He eventually has a brainstorm of building a free clinic called the "Gesundheit Institute" and to get started he starts a free clinic while still attending medical school.

    A tragedy occurs but Patch is able to overcome it.
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    35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Gain inspiration & wisdom while you're entertained! February 5, 2002
    Format:VHS Tape
    Robin Williams' portrayal of Dr. Patch Adams' medical school adventures was both entertaining and inspiring. Although Williams' comic genius shined through in his physical humor of clowning around (e.g. entertaining sick children by dancing with bedpans on his feet, an enema bulb on his nose and an IV stand as a dance partner) as well as quick verbal banter, the comedy is only part of Williams' acting repertoire and movie's appeal. Having seen Robin Williams mostly in interviews where he seemed to be spending every second trying to be funny, I was amazed at his ability to not only be serious, but to convincingly portray a spectrum of non-comic emotions/conditions: shock, grief, guilt, frustration, anger. All was not fun and games in the medical school education of Patch Adams, as he dealt with personal issues, personality clashes and the difficulties of trying change the institution of medicine without getting thrown out of medical school. I also enjoyed the work of the supporting cast of fellow medical students, instructors, administrators, nurses and patients. One especially amusing character was Patch Adams' pompous, roommate Mitch, played with a straight face by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Seeing Adams' effect on the people he knew over time was enjoyable and heartwarming, yet realistic: some warmed up immediately, some over time, and a few, unfortunately, not at all.
    But what makes this movie 5 stars is that combined with the good acting and entertainment value, many life's lessons are portrayed. Here are just a few of many. The value of:
    * treating patients (and all people) as individuals with feelings, dreams, interests and talents to improve their quality of life, regardless of whether one can cure a disease.
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    24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie December 16, 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:VHS Tape
    Robin Williams gives an outstanding performance. It's touching, funny, and a whole lot cleaner than most movies today. Someone said that this movie showed people being murdered, blaspheming God, and showed you how to have sex. None of this is true. A girl *is* murdered, but you don't see anything at all and don't even know that until way after it happens. She is murdered by a severely insecure man who then kills himself, but you don't see this or even see their bodies afterwards. God is not really blasphemed, but there is one part where Patch sits on a cliff and talks to God about why things had to happen that way, and he considers commiting suicide. But this doesn't happen. And for the life of me I have no idea where they showed or even mentioned sex! The absolute closest thing to that would be at the end when he graduates from medical school... I don't want to give it away because it is hilarious, but don't worry, it's not dirty or nasty. I wouldn't recommend you watch it in front of very very sensitive children, because naturally since it is set in hospital life, there are a couple deaths and serious moments. But there's nothing really bad about this movie. Anyway, after setting that straight: This is one of the greatest movies of all time. It's not one you can watch over and over and over again, as I like to do with most movies, but set viewings several months apart and you will enjoy this movie a lot. ;) It is a life-changing experience.
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    10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars I've actually met Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams February 10, 2002
    The movie isn't quite true to Dr. Adam's reality, there are some dramatic elements added, for instance his midlife crisis actually happened while he was 18, as I was told by him.
    However this movie isn't supposed to be a biography, but rather an entertaining movie, and it does that well.
    With Robin Williams familliar humor this movie engages the audience to see not just the over used concept of the healing power of laughter; but more so the power of connection, of sharing the human experience.
    This movie suggests that it isn't enough to just bring your skills to this difficult proffession, but also to take yourself along also. We're all human beings, and we need to treat people with the dignity and compassion we treat ourselves with.
    This movie seems to say, to me, that there's nothing wrong with admiting to our shared humanity. This is a powerfull concept...
    In any case beyond the ideals suggested, this movie is a light and warm hearted escaped about dealing with life, and overcomming obstacles. I for one recommend this movie.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
    Great movie. It makes you laugh and don't realize how good we have it!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
    I like this movie, good quality,
    Published 3 days ago by Cheryl A Steffen
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    Published 4 days ago by Peter Dietz
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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    Published 6 days ago by BRENDA L
    5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Poignant!!
    I LOVE this movie! I have the VHS and finally treated myself to the DVD. I was in the medical profession before I retired and I completely identify with this story. Read more
    Published 7 days ago by PSLMA
    5.0 out of 5 stars Patch Adams
    Get out yer "cryin' rags". This is a wonderful, heart-tugging movie. Williams is absolutely believable in the role. He's not just a comic, certainly. Read more
    Published 10 days ago by Melinna C.
    5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
    I love this movie. I ordered it for my boss who is convelescing after surgery at home. Robin Williams is not only a talented comedian, he is a great actor. Read more
    Published 13 days ago by Annette Parks
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    For the most part, this is a very uplifting and fun movie based on a true story. There are tragic parts, but that's life, isn't it? Read more
    Published 17 days ago by Scooter Pie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    one of my favorite movies
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