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.