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Patch Adams [HD DVD]

Robin Williams , Daniel London , Tom Shadyac    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   HD DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

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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 patch adams March 30 2011
Format:DVD
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. Patch Adams played by Robert Williams is a medical student at Virginia Medical University where he takes an unconventional approach to medicine. Patch Adams shows us that humor is really the best medicine. Robin Williams and co stars Daniel London, and Monica Potter all give wonderful performances in Patch Adams. This is absolutely a must see Movie for both young and old! For those curious to know the poem that Patch recites to Corinne (Played by Monica Potter) throughout the movie is entitled "I Do Not Love You" and was written by Pablo Neruda a Chilean poet, and diplomat, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best ever Jan. 25 2004
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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 inspiring and funny. best movie June 16 2014
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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. Watch this and it will surprise you, inspire you and give you a good laugh
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect April 18 2013
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nothing special all language work perfectly and we use for new nurse for the understanding i will keep it for long time
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story March 20 2013
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Being a fan of Robin Williams we bought this movie so that we could watch it over again at our convenience. It was a great story of a person who had the courage to change how medical treatment was delivered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Patch Adams Feb. 1 2013
By Emma
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La livraison a été très rapide, le produit est en très bon état et correspond tout à fait à mes attentes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reminds us if why we work in health care April 1 2011
Format:DVD
This was an excellent and moving film. Our family watches it to remind us of why we are working in a health care system. Though the system may be broke, the people working in it can make all the difference. Uplifting and well written.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It didn't come Feb. 21 2011
By Beckei
Format:DVD
I know it is a good movie cause I have seen it before but the movie has not yet arrived.
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