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Actors: Robin Williams, Daniel London, Monica Potter, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bob Gunton
Director: Tom Shadyac
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Patch Adams raises two schools of thought: There are those who are inspired by the true story of a troubled man who finds happiness in helping others--a man set on changing the world and who may well accomplish the task. ... more »
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Callie K. (ballofglitter) from GRAND ISLAND, NE
Reviewed on 7/2/2014...
I must admit I hadn't seen this one for years! I remember it was really funny but I'd forgotten how inspirational it is and sad. Great Great movie!!
Wayne F. (WWIIpfc) from COLORADO SPGS, CO
Reviewed on 10/2/2011...
It was an excellent movie, one of the best I've seen. It was well written, had superb acting, and a wonderful ending. And the best part is that someone really did it!
For those of us who are mature and still have good hearing, it's a shame that the movie industry seems to feel that all music must be very loud and all conversation extremely quiet.
We highly recommend it to everyone!!!
Duane S. (superpoet) from FORT WORTH, TX
Reviewed on 1/19/2008...
I liked this movie. I didn't like the one very sad part where a girlfriend is killed. This is a true story and the doctor did some great humanitarian jobs in his part of the world.
Angela D. (JayLou) from RAYMONDVILLE, MO
Reviewed on 11/21/2007...
Looking for humor and a bit of drama? This is the movie for you. Taken from true accounts, Patch Adams is a wonderful movie.
An Uplifting Tale Of The Human Spirit
Zachary Koenig | Forest Lake, MN | 07/24/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There are some true-life tales that go beyond the standard fare to uplift and inspire viewers. The story of Hunter "Patch" Adams, despite a bit of contrived theatrics, is exactly that sort of film.
For a basic plot summary, this moive tells the story of Mr. Adams, beginning with his time in a mental institution for suicidal thoughts. However, after a life-changing experience in that facility, Patch decides to devote his life to helping people, choosing medicine as his vehicle. The rest of the film focuses on Patch's time in medical school, including his "unorthodox" (treat the patient, not the disease) approach that bucks the standard, as well as the free medical clinic he starts out of his own home after being sickened by the medical bureaucracy.
Whichever way you shake it, the Patch Adams story is one of hope and inspiration. At times, director Tom Shadyac goes a bit too over-the-top for my tastes, but for some it will help to hammer home the point.
In terms of casting, it is Robin Williams' movie to carry, and he does so admirably with his unique brand of humor and character. Some of the other casting decisions (like Philip Seymour Hoffman as a med. student) were a bit sketchy, but Williams steals the show from the opening act.
Thus, I would recommend this movie to all but the most hardened cynics (who might not appreciate some of the theatrics). It will make you laugh, cry, and cheer in equal proportions."