A medical student in the 70's that treated patients, illegally, using humor.
Release Year: 1998
Rating: 6.3/10 (39,740 voted)
Critic's Score: 25/100
Stars: Robin Williams, Daniel London, Monica Potter
Patch Adams is determined to become a medical doctor because he enjoys helping people. Unfortunately, the medical and scientific community does not appreciate his methods of healing the sick, while the actual patients, medical professors, and hospital nurses all appreciate the work *he* can do, because they are unable to do it.
Writers: Patch Adams, Maureen Mylander
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Irma P. Hall
Frances Lee McCain
Based On A True Story.
Official site at Universal |
Release Date: 25 December 1998
Filming Locations: Asheville, North Carolina, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $25,262,280
(27 December 1998)
(30 May 1999)
Did You Know?
Richard Kiley's final film.
During the welcome scene at the school, the green folder on the desk/counter moves between shots.
Hunter Patch Adams:
Now you have the ability to keep me from graduating. You can keep me from getting the title and the white coat. But you can't control my spirit, gentlemen. You can't keep me from learning, you can't keep me from studying. So you have a choice: you can have me as a professional colleague, passionate, or you can have me as an outspoken outsider, still adament. Either way I'll probably still be viewed as a thorn. But I promise you one thing: I am a thorn that will not go away
Is that all?
Hunter Patch Adams:
I hope not, sir.
Robin Williams:The Best Medicine
In my opinion,Robin Williams is at his best when playing characters
much like himself.This film is based on the life of the real Hunter
"Patch" Adams,a man that Williams himself says that he closely relates
to.In the medical profession,it is easy to become hard nosed and so
wrapped up in treating the sickness that it is all too easy to forget
that there are actual people behind the sickness.We are taught by Patch
to treat the person first,because when you do so,treating the illness
becomes somewhat easier.Sometimes people don't get better,but treating
the soul to a laugh or two can lessen the pain and suffering.Sometimes
people die,and while the people that loved them suffer and grieve,the
suffering and grief are eased somewhat by the knowledge that their
departed loved ones no longer suffer.This role was tailor made for
Williams,and he is supported well,including another overlooked
performance by the late Michael Jeter as a squirrel fearing mental