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Patch Adams [HD DVD]

Robin Williams , Daniel London , Tom Shadyac    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   HD DVD
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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. And then there are those who feel manipulated by this feel-good story, who want to smack the young medical student every time he begins his silly antics.

Staving off suicidal thoughts, Hunter Adams commits himself into a psychiatric ward, where he not only garners the nickname "Patch," but learns the joy in helping others. To this end, he decides to go to medical school, where he clashes with the staid conventions of the establishment as he attempts to inject humor and humanity into his treatment of the patients ("We need to start treating the patient as well as the disease," he declares throughout the film). Robin Williams, in the title role, is as charming as ever, although someone should tell him to broaden his range--the ever-cheerful do-gooder à la Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society is getting a little old. His sidekick Truman (Daniel London) steals the show with his gawky allure and eyebrows that threaten to overtake his lean face--he seems more real, which is odd considering that Patch Adams does exist and this film is based on his life. Monica Potter is the coolly reluctant love interest, and she makes the most of her one-dimensional part. While moments of true heartfelt emotion do come through, the major flaw of this film is that the good guys are just so gosh-darn good and the bad ones are just big meanies with no character development. Patch Adams, though, does provide the tears, the giggles, and the kooky folks who will keep you smiling at the end. --Jenny Brown


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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best ever Jan. 25 2004
Format:DVD
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. Not only it is funny, but also very inspiring.
I am studying medicine and I see myself in Patch Adams. It always tears me apart when I here that we are supposed to behave like heartless machines. Patients sometimes need a friend more than a doctor. "We must learn to treat the patient as well as the disease"; "Our job is improving the quality of life, not just delaying death" are some of the ideas I had already thought about before watching this.
And relax all of you: the fact that a doctor is much friendlier than usual doesn't necessarily mean he is less competent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Williams in great Patch Adams July 9 2004
Format:VHS Tape
The always delightful robin williams once again delivers a heartwarming performance in patch adams, a movie based on the actual real life character named Patch Adams who also wrote a novel about his experience. This is a great movie by good director tom shadyac and includes a great cast including williams and philip seymour hoffman as patch's friend mitch.
Williams stars as patch adams a guy who comes to work for a hospital with several patients who are either very ill or whose doctors have done little to improve their condition. adams though, knows that the way to improve their patients is not through medicine but through goodness and happiness. in adams case, he brings laughter and joy using an unusual brand of humor.
In several instances, adams dresses and acts like a clown complete with a red nose. He entertains the dying patients in the hospital with his gentle heart and breathes new life and hope into them.
''You treat a disease, you win or lose, you treat a patient, i'll guarantee you ll win'' that great lines is Adams philosophy toward treating patients.
He sees that one of the main reasons the doctors have failed in improving their patients conditions is because several of the doctors are cold-blooded and unfeeling. The doctors fail to get know their patients intimately and fail most of all to make their patients happy. several of william's colleagues a guy named mitch and a girl name annie are skeptical at first, but after witnessing the improvement in the patients, they see that adams is just what the doctor ordered.
However, not all the people in the hospital is happy with adams. The main boss of the hospital (obviously jealous with adams amazing ability to relate and bring joy the patients) wants adams to quit or be fired from the hospital.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A novel approach to healing, a proven fact! June 19 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This movie emphasizes a known fact that humor is better than any medicine. Personally, I had my own Shaman named Jeff Rollins who played a big part in my recovery from elbow surgery four years ago as he kept me laughing and gave friendly encouragement. We all need someone like Jeff Rollins or Patch Adams.
Robin Williams was at his peak when he made this film; he was brilliant as a therapist with cancer patients and other terminally ill adults and children.
A couple years ago in downtown Knoxville, I quite by chance encountered a person out on the street (actually coming out of a coffee shop) dressed as a clown with a big, red nose. I asked, "Are you Patch Adams?" and was given a business card with a sketch of 'Poppy' on which he was quoted in 2000, "A smile from the heart is the essence of the universal language and shows our love of people."
It turns out his name is Wes Flener, a respiratory therapist from LaGrange, KY, here to entertain at a seminar at a local hospital. When I suggested that he visit the patients over at Children's Hospital across the street from his local destination, he presented me with a card "Good for One Laugh."
This movie follows the daily interaction between Patch, his associates, and the patients who need his help. Allowing the mentally challenged and disturbed Larry to join the mountain retreat as a resident was a monumental mistake.
PATCH ADAMS is an unforgettable story based on truth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laughter is still the best medcine Feb. 12 2004
Format:DVD
The movie proves that laughter is still the best medicine to cure one's loneliness and despair and Dr. Hunter Patch Adams is one of the few people who are agents of spreading cheers and hope to people. Patch Adams is no ordinary guy that you could meet everyday, he is one of the rarest person you can encounter. A person who never run out of cheers and good tidings to patients. Bringing hope to them and the unique cure of laughter to ease one's pain for the meantime. A person who's human spirit never give up to achieve his dream of becoming a doctor, and yes, a doctor of his own right.
This film will inspire, bring you joy and even, it could make you cry. A perfect blend of drama and sense of humor which you can find in this one fantastic movie. The script was well-written and very balance in terms of wit and sensibility.
I commended Robin Williams who played the inspiring life of Dr. Patch Adams. His role as Dr. Adams is absolutely fantastic and his performance is incredibly superb! he truly justified the character he played as Dr. Adams...flambuoyant, compassionate and free-spirited person. You will see a different Williams in this unique character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patch Adams in 'Real Life' July 12 2003
Format:DVD
I won't go into a full review of the movie. I think it'll suffice to say that I don't let a month go by without catching some snips of it over again even if I don't watch the whole movie every time.
What has incited me to add my two pence here is a comment from one of the earlier reviewers (David Von Pein) -
>> And the final nail in the coffin is the last scene, during which we get to witness Patch's bare hind quarters during graduation festivities! Why, oh why, would anyone do such a vulgar thing! Even the unorthodox Mr. Adams!! (Somebody, PLEASE tell me the real Patch didn't do this in this thing we refer to as "real life"!) <<
I run a humor discussion list and had the good fortune of having a Health Humorist on my list who was a part of a delegation that visited China along with Dr Patch Adams. Naturally I asked her about her recollections of the trip and here's a paragraph that might of interest to David. :-)
"I don't recall him doing too many really silly things. I do, however recall that he and some of the other clowns mooned from atop the Great Wall. As you may know, he is known for his 'mooning' in the darnest places. For instance, at a convention of the AATH."
Oops. Did that Pain ? Don't look at 'The Dark Side of the Moon' and it Von' Pein for too long David ! ;-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring and funny. best movie
Love it so much. Watched it in the theatre got the vcd, now have to buy a DVD. So inspiring about how we as s normal people deal with life, but are we right? Maybe? Or not. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carolina
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
nothing special all language work perfectly and we use for new nurse for the understanding i will keep it for long time
Published 16 months ago by Patrick Laperle
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story
Being a fan of Robin Williams we bought this movie so that we could watch it over again at our convenience. Read more
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Published 18 months ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminds us if why we work in health care
This was an excellent and moving film. Our family watches it to remind us of why we are working in a health care system. Read more
Published on April 1 2011 by Cherie Geering
5.0 out of 5 stars patch adams
Robin Williams is his zany, crazy self in the 1998 movie Patch Adams. The movie is based on the life of Hunter "Patch" Adams and the book Gesundheit. Read more
Published on March 30 2011 by Rose DesRochers
2.0 out of 5 stars It didn't come
I know it is a good movie cause I have seen it before but the movie has not yet arrived.
Published on Feb. 21 2011 by Beckei
4.0 out of 5 stars "Laughter is the Best Medicine"
The story of a man who uses laughter to heal people.Hunter Adams,played
by Robin Williams,goes through dark period in his life(acquiring the
nickname "Patch" along the... Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2007 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars laura from az
i thought this was a great movie, i read a review bashing the film, and i think its perfect for the movie, the fact that someone can walk away from a true uplifting story, and have... Read more
Published on Dec 6 2006 by Tara Sumakis
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