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Patch Adams (1998)

Director: Tom Shadyac     Starring: Robin Williams Monica Potter
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40112379
UPC: 025192054624
UPC 14: 00025192054624
Category Keywords: Theatrical Release  True Story
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Laughter is contagious.
Based on the true story of a compassionate but outrageous med student who risks his career by defying the medical profession with his unwavering belief that laughter is the best medicine. Contains: feature commentary with director tom shadyac, outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage and more.

" engaging, funny and touching story.  Screen It!
"A movie of depth and delight!  Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Brilliant!  Gene Shallit, The Today Show
"Humor abounds in this relatively simple, straightforward movie with a character audiences feel for.  Matthew Leary, Radio Free Entertainment
"Williams has an amazing knack for breathing new life into his persona, and Patch Adams is a fine showcase for his talent.  Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"A sure-fire crowd-pleaser!  Philip Muntch, Guideline

Editor's Note
Tom Shadyac's (ACE VENTURA) film tells the true story of Hunter "Patch" Adams (Robin Williams), an aspiring doctor in the 1970's who attempted to treat his patients with a medicine that modern science had totally disregarded: humor. After a stint in a mental hospital where he discovers his need to help others, a young Patch enters medical school. There he develops his own methods of reaching patients as an antidote to the the pomposity he witnesses in his instructors and fellow students. While his patients and fellow staff members appreciate his approach, the powers-that-be frown upon his "unschooled" methods and attempt to prevent him from practicing. Philip Seymour Hoffman (MAGNOLIA) and Monica Potter (ALONG CAME A SPIDER) co-star in this crowd pleaser based on a book by Adams.


Video Features DVD, Collector's Edition, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/24/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 116 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1998
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 20546
Video UPC UPC: 00025192054624
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Bob Gunton
Video Cast Info Daniel London
Video Cast Info Harold Gould
Video Cast Info Harve Presnell
Video Cast Info Irma P. Hall
Video Cast Info Josef Sommer
Video Cast Info Monica Potter
Video Cast Info Peter Coyote
Video Cast Info Philip Seymour Hoffman
Video Cast Info Richard Kiley
Video Cast Info Robin Williams
Video Cast Info Michael Jeter
Video Cast Info Tom Shadyac - Director
Video Cast Info Mike Farrell - Producer
Video Cast Info Barry Kemp - Producer
Video Cast Info Charles Newirth - Producer
Video Cast Info Marvin Minoff - Producer
Video Cast Info Steve Oedekerk - Screenplay


Academy Award (1999)
   Video Award Name Marc Shaiman, Nominee, Best Music, Original Music or Comedy Score

American Comedy Award (1999)
   Video Award Name Robin Williams, Nominee, Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)

Golden Globe (1999)
   Video Award Name Patch Adams, Nominee, Best Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical
   Video Award Name Robin Williams, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical

Professional Reviews

Box Office
"...[Williams] brings a magic and charm to this character that no one else could....PATCH ADAMS succeeds in putting a twinkle in your eye..." 02/01/1999 p.60

Box Office Online Reviews 0 of 10
...this is Robin Williams we're talking about, and he brings a magic and charm to this character that no one else could. The film's best moments come at the beginning when Patch is self-committed at a mental institution and helps his roommate overcome his fears of imaginary squirrels by shooting them with an equally invisible bazooka. The supporting cast is also noteworthy, though romantic interest Monica Potter (Without Limits) plays the ice queen with such steely resolve that it would be tough to fathom why Patch would even be interested in her if she didn't so closely resemble Julia Roberts. Philip Seymour Hoffman (recently seen stalking Lara Flynn Boyle in Happiness) plays Patch's suspicious roommate with an intimidating intensity. Patch Adams succeeds in putting a twinkle in your eye. - Annlee Ellingson

San Francisco Chronicle 0 of 10
Patch Adams is a perfect vehicle for Robin Williams. He again plays the compassionate, manic clown that has been his main character throughout his movie career. And audiences love his wild end runs. Williams has an amazing knack for breathing new life into his persona, and Patch Adams, opening today, is a fine showcase for his talent. Only Williams could could play the part (although he seems too old to be a medical student). - Peter Stack

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Williams,Robin
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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