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.
PG-13 (For thematic elements, sexual content and drug references.)
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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United Artists

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George C. Scott
as Dr. Herbert Bock
Diana Rigg
as Barbara Drummond
Nancy Marchand
as Mrs. Christie
Roberts Blossom
as Guernsey
Frances Sternhagen
as Mrs. Cushing
Richard Dysart
as Dr. Welbeck
Katherine Helmond
as Marilyn Mead
Alex Colon
as Young Lord
Barnard Hughes
as Drummond
Richard Hamilton
as Dr. Ronald Casey
Jordan Charney
as Hitchcock
Andrew Duncan
as William Mead
Jacqueline Brookes
as Dr. Immelman
Stephen Elliott
as Sunstrom
Bette Henritze
as Mrs. Kimball
Kate Harrington
as Nurse Dunne
Lenny Baker
as Dr. Schaefer
Robert Walden
as Dr. Brubaker
Donald Harron
as Milton Mead
Teresa Hughes
as Mrs. Donovan
Paul Mace
as Intern Ambler
David Hooks
as Dr. Einhorn
Reid Cruickshanks
as Chief Engineer
Cynthia Belgrave
as Nurse Reardon
Tresa Hughes
as Mrs. Donovan
Robert Anthony
as Dr. Ives
Carolyn Krigbaum
as Gloria Lebow
Paul Whaley
as Hospital Spokesman
Tom Spratley
as Mitgang
Julie Garfield
as Nurse Perez
Lorrie Davis
as Nurse Divine
Nancy MacKay
as Sheilah
Angie Ortega
as Nurse Campanella
Lou Polan
as Dr. Lagerman
Rehn Scofield
as Dr. Spezio
Lee Beery
as Mead's Secretary
Richard Goode
as Dr. Sutcliffe
Norman Berns
as Dr. Biegelman
Jan Sarno
as Nurse Rivers
Charles Bershatsky
as Medical Student Boswell
Paul Jott
as Administrative Resident
Ruth Attaway Morrison
as Circulating Nurse
Sabina Grant
as Nurse X
William Perlow
as Cardiac Arrest Doctor
Nat Grant
as Black Panther
Milton Earl Forrest
as Militant Leader
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Critic Reviews for The Hospital

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

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.

Full Review… | January 28, 2012

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

Full Review… | July 13, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Another towering performance by the great George C. Scott highlights this scathing satire of the medical field.

September 28, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Ham-handed satire, but effective with great lead performances.

May 30, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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April 6, 2008

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Full Review… | February 7, 2007
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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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