The Hospital 1971

The Hospital

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Herbert Bock (George C. Scott), the chief of medicine in a New York City teaching hospital, is contemplating suicide; he's impotent, his wife has left him, and his children aren't speaking to him. His hospital is also suffering from a recent spate of inexplicable deaths. In the midst of these setbacks, Bock is romantically drawn to the much younger Barbara (Diana Rigg), whose father is a patient. As Barbara restores Bock's will to live, it turns out that the hospital deaths are murders.

Cast & Crew

George C. Scott
Dr. Herbert Bock
Diana Rigg
Miss Barbara Drummond
Barnard Hughes
Edmund Drummond
Andrew Duncan
William Mead
Nancy Marchand
Mrs. Christie
Stephen Elliott
Dr. John Sundstrom
Donald Harron
Dr. Milton Mead
Robert Walden
Dr. Brubaker
Jack Grossberg
Associate Producer
Morris Surdin
Original Music
Victor J. Kemper
Cinematographer
Eric Albertson
Film Editor
Gene Rudolf
Production Design
Herbert F. Mulligan
Set Decoration
Frank L. Thompson
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for The Hospital

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Audience Reviews for The Hospital

  • Oct 17, 2013
    A good film about an urban hospital environment featuring an outstanding performance by George C. Scott. I think there is many a hospital television show that received its inspiration from this bold original.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2012
    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, <i>The Hospital</i> 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, <i>The Hospital</i> 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 H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2012
    I honestly couldn't even finish this film, the tone seemed confused on whether it'd be serious or satire. The dialogue was mediocre and sometimes frustrating. I found it hard to have any and all focus in the film, and I think the director had the same problem.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • May 13, 2012
    George C. Scott is a brilliant actor. He makes "The Hospital" consistently entertaining, even when it begins to run out of steam towards the end. I understand what Paddy Chayefsky was trying to accomplish here with his script and, in some respects, he gets his message across. Problem is that it makes a mess of a good premise. The first half is genuinely funny, while the second is melodramatic and a little boring. But I like "The Hospital" regardless. Scott does an excellent job.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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