Patch Adams

Directed By: Tom Shadyac Starring: Robin Williams Monica Potter

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A Very Moving Story

by Damian Potesta on 6/23/1999

Going into Patch Adams I was expecting another typical Robin Williams warm-fuzzy movie. The ones that we've become so accustomed to in the past. What it ended up to be was a very warm, sad and hilarious movie that made you really care about all the charac Read More

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A Must See for all Doctors!

by Dr. William on 7/2/1999

Great movie from the beginning. This movie had it all: Drama, romance, and comedy. All doctors should be like Patch Adams. The real Patch is a good inspiration to all people in that he gives them hope, even in times when all seem lost. A must see! Read More

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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.


Studio Universal
SKU 40112379
UPC 025192054624
UPC 14 00025192054624
Format DVD
Release Date 6/24/2008
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True Story
Editors Note
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.
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
Tom Shadyac
Robin Williams
Monica Potter
Cast & Crew
Bob Gunton - Actor
Daniel London - Actor
Harold Gould - Actor
Harve Presnell - Actor
Irma P. Hall - Actor
Josef Sommer - Actor
Monica Potter - Actor
Peter Coyote - Actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Actor
Richard Kiley - Actor
Robin Williams - Actor
Michael Jeter - Actor
Tom Shadyac - Director
Mike Farrell - Producer
Barry Kemp - Producer
Charles Newirth - Producer
Marvin Minoff - Producer
Steve Oedekerk - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1998
Catalog ID 20546
UPC 00025192054624
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 116 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Academy Award (1999) Marc Shaiman, Nominee, Best Music, Original Music or Comedy Score
American Comedy Award (1999) Robin Williams, Nominee, Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)
Golden Globe (1999) Patch Adams, Nominee, Best Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical,Robin Williams, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical
ReviewSource Box Office Online Reviews
Review ...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.
Reviewer Annlee Ellingson
ReviewRating 0
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review 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).
Reviewer Peter Stack
ReviewRating 0
DVD, Collector's Edition, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Product Attributes
Actor Williams,Robin
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Screen It! engaging, funny and touching story.
Susan Stark, Detroit News A movie of depth and delight!
Gene Shallit, The Today Show Brilliant!
Matthew Leary, Radio Free Entertainment Humor abounds in this relatively simple, straightforward movie with a character audiences feel for.
Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle Williams has an amazing knack for breathing new life into his persona, and Patch Adams is a fine showcase for his talent.
Philip Muntch, Guideline A sure-fire crowd-pleaser!

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