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About the Movie
Directed by Arthur Hiller from the second of three Academy Award-winning screenplays by Paddy Chayefsky, The Hospital is a black comedy centering on Dr. Herbert Bock (George C. Scott), a bitter, suicidal surgeon. While patients at the hospital die left and right due to the extreme carelessness and ineptness of the staff that surrounds him, the lonely Bock finds himself falling for Barbara (Diana Rigg), the daughter of Edmund (Barnard Hughes), a patient. Meanwhile, a mysterious killer has begun stalking the hospital, taking out staff members. In addition to Chayefsky's Oscar win, The Hospital garnered a Best Actor nomination for Scott, who lost to Gene Hackman for The French Connection.
This movie is awesome. I'm so happy that it's on iTunes. This is one of the first movies that didn't glammorize the work of doctors, and the movie is satrialistic as well. It's a very important film as well to cinema history. George C. Scott is stupendous. A great, great movie.
Concentrated version of many situations I experienced in nearly 30 years of nursing--pretty darn accurate, unfortunately, right down to the emotional distress at the realization of rampant incompetence. Dr Bock's explosive, drunken tirade used words similar to ones spoken by myself at one point(the part about Drs not healing anyone). Now THAT was spooky! Great film. Great portrayal of reality. Only the equipment has changed in the hospitals since the film was made. The basic premise remains. Basically, people do care and have integrity, as Bock showed at the end.
Best Movie Ever!!!
If you are a fan of Network, Paddy Chayefsky, or just awesome writing, GET THIS MOVIE! You wont regret it.
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 1971
- © 1971 Simcha Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved.