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The Hospital (14-Dec-1971)

Director: Arthur Hiller

Writer: Paddy Chayefsky

Music Composed and Conducted by: Morris Surdin

Producer: Howard Gottfried

Keywords: Dark Comedy

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Roberts Blossom
25-Mar-1924 8-Jul-2011 Deranged
Richard Dysart
30-Mar-1929 5-Apr-2015 Leland McKenzie on L.A. Law
Katherine Helmond
5-Jul-1928 23-Feb-2019 Jessica Tate on Soap
Barnard Hughes
16-Jul-1915 11-Jul-2006 High priest in TRON
Nancy Marchand
19-Jun-1928 18-Jun-2000 Mrs. Pynchon on Lou Grant
Diana Rigg
20-Jul-1938   Mrs. Peel
George C. Scott
18-Oct-1927 22-Sep-1999 Patton
Frances Sternhagen
13-Jan-1930   Misery
Robert Walden
25-Sep-1943   Joe Rossi on Lou Grant


George C. Scott   ...   Dr. Bock
also starring
Diana Rigg   ...   Barbara
Barnard Hughes   ...   Drummond
Richard Dysart   ...   Dr. Welbeck
Stephen Elliott   ...   Dr. Sundstrom
Andrew Duncan   ...   William Mead
Donald Harron   ...   Milton Mead
Nancy Marchand   ...   Mrs. Christie
Jordan Charney   ...   Hitchcock
Roberts Blossom   ...   Guernsey
Lenny Baker   ...   Dr. Schaefer
Richard Hamilton   ...   Dr. Ronald Casey
Arthur Junaluska   ...   Mr. Blacktree
Kate Harrington   ...   Nurse Dunne
Katherine Helmond   ...   Marilyn Mead
David Hooks   ...   Dr. Einhorn
Frances Sternhagen   ...   Mrs. Cushing
Robert Walden   ...   Dr. Brubaker
William Perlow, M.D.   ...   Cardiac Arrest Doctor
Bette Henritze   ...   Operating Room Nurse
Rehn Scofield   ...   Dr. Spezio
Dora Weissman   ...   Lady in the Hospital
Carolyn Krigbaum   ...   Dr. Bock's Secretary


Review by Pat Corroo (posted on 4-Feb-2008)

This is a movie I had always wanted to see after hearing about George C. Scott's performance and the script from the magical pen of Paddy Chayefsky. It did not disappoint, as Mr. Scott was mesmerizing and Barnard Hughes is hilarious as a doctor/patient. There are other stars such as Diana Rigg, Nancy Marchand and Frances Sternhagen and all are wonderful in their roles. The heart of the movie is Mr. Scott, futilely trying to keep his Manhattan hospital going as people die all around him through mismanagement and plain stupidity. He has a couple of great through-his-teeth diatribes ala Patton at various staff members, which is worth the price of admission! If you have a chance to see it as I did on TCM this last Friday night, don't miss it.

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