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The Hospital (1971)




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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.

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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

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

The Hospital is a better movie than you may have been led to believe. It has been criticized for switching tone in midstream, but maybe it's only heading for deeper, swifter waters.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Paddy Chayefsky's Oscar-winning script is bilious and brutal in its look at the medical community.

September 18, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

...rife with compelling sequences and spellbinding performances...

April 2, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It will have you pondering the effectiveness of the American healthcare system, one that hasn't changed (too) much since '71.

May 7, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

This darkly humorous satire of an urban hospital is probably the only decent movie that Arthur Hiller had directed, benefiting from Chayefsky's Oscar winning script.

January 29, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It was hard to come out of The Hospital feeling all that well.

July 13, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hospital

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, The Hospital 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, The Hospital 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 Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Paddy Chayefsky is almost infallible at giving the toughest and loudest social and existencial commentaries under the veil of comedy. He did that flawlessly in "Marty" and "Network", and although here he doesn't , still the film packs a good punch to the establisment. George C. Scott is magnificent, as always. His rage and tortuous pain seem on the surface all the time, like he really was the character he plays. The story looses up a bit by the end, while the first half is wonderfully cynic.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


The script is great, but the execution is flawed. Several times the film loses it's grasp on it's tone and stumbles as a result. Diana Rigg is SOOOOOOOOOOOO HOTTTTTTTTTT in this though, it almost makes up for it. And I could have done without the rape scene too.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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