The Hospital

1971

The Hospital

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Hospital is a black comedy about a bitter, suicidal doctor (George C. Scott) whose hospital is being destroyed by the murders of several staff members, as well as the staff's own ineptness. Eventually, he falls in love with a young woman (Diana Rigg), who just makes his world more confusing. The film is a black satire, and the witty, satirical Academy Award-winning screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky makes it a very entertaining comedy.

Cast

George C. Scott
as Dr. Herbert Bock
Diana Rigg
as Barbara Drummond
Richard Dysart
as Dr. Welbeck
Andrew Duncan
as William Mead
Nancy Marchand
as Mrs. Christie
Donald Harron
as Milton Mead
Tresa Hughes
as Mrs. Donovan
Lenny Baker
as Dr. Schaefer
Robert Walden
as Dr. Brubaker
Frances Sternhagen
as Mrs. Cushing
Lorrie Davis
as Nurse Divine
Teresa Hughes
as Mrs. Donovan
Norman Berns
as Dr. Biegelman
Rehn Scofield
as Dr. Spezio
Jordan Charney
as Hitchcock
Cynthia Belgrave
as Nurse Reardon
Julie Garfield
as Nurse Perez
Jan Sarno
as Nurse Rivers
Angie Ortega
as Nurse Campanella
Charles Bershatsky
as Medical Student Boswell
Paul Mace
as Intern Ambler
David Hooks
as Dr. Einhorn
Richard Hamilton
as Dr. Ronald Casey
Kate Harrington
as Nurse Dunne
Lou Polan
as Dr. Lagerman
Richard Goode
as Dr. Sutcliffe
Reid Cruickshanks
as Chief Engineer
Paul Jott
as Administrative Resident
Jacqueline Brookes
as Dr. Immelman
Ruth Attaway Morrison
as Circulating Nurse
Lee Beery
as Mead's Secretary
Sabina Grant
as Nurse X
Bette Henritze
as Mrs. Kimball
Tom Spratley
as Mitgang
Katherine Helmond
as Marilyn Mead
William Perlow
as Cardiac Arrest Doctor
Alex Colon
as Young Lord
Nat Grant
as Black Panther
Milton Earl Forrest
as Militant Leader
Carolyn Krigbaum
as Gloria Lebow
Paul Whaley
as Hospital Spokesman
Nancy MacKay
as Sheilah
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Critic Reviews for The Hospital

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Audience Reviews for The Hospital

  • Oct 17, 2013
    A good film about an urban hospital environment featuring an outstanding performance by George C. Scott. I think there is many a hospital television show that received its inspiration from this bold original.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2012
    In a hospital wracked with bureaucracy and poor patient care, a suicidal doctor struggles to find meaning in his work and life. Part black comedy, which is drawn from the absurdity of reality, and part serious drama, <i>The Hospital</i> is one of the best films about the medical profession that I have ever seen. Incredible in its verisimilitude, Paddy Chayefsky's screenplay is smart, incisive, and passionately written. George C. Scott's performance is one of the best of his career, and his "freedom for the impotents" monologue is an enviable, engaging piece of acting. At its core, <i>The Hospital</i> is about how even the most human of moments fails to satisfy a deep urge to connect with our own humanity. It's about the disappointments of life, how they wear on us, turning us into unrecognizable automatons. The characters reach for meaning, and disappointed, they reach again, harder and more desperate. Overall, I love this film, and not only should it be required viewing in every medical school, its themes transcend a particular profession or historical moment.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2012
    I honestly couldn't even finish this film, the tone seemed confused on whether it'd be serious or satire. The dialogue was mediocre and sometimes frustrating. I found it hard to have any and all focus in the film, and I think the director had the same problem.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • May 13, 2012
    George C. Scott is a brilliant actor. He makes "The Hospital" consistently entertaining, even when it begins to run out of steam towards the end. I understand what Paddy Chayefsky was trying to accomplish here with his script and, in some respects, he gets his message across. Problem is that it makes a mess of a good premise. The first half is genuinely funny, while the second is melodramatic and a little boring. But I like "The Hospital" regardless. Scott does an excellent job.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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