Patch Adams [HD DVD] [Import]
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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IMO, this is a 5-star film. I know that films like Dead Poets' Society, Good Morning Vietnam and Mrs Doubtfire are more popular, and they are good films. But I feel that Robin gets to display a wider range of acting chops in films like this one, Awakenings, One Hour Photo, etc. These movies are a little heavier in tone though, less comedic, although Patch Adams has plenty of laughable moments in it.
When I pre-ordered this on Amazon, I was worried how it was going to look because the DVD looked terrible, no better than a VHS. I'm happy to say the Blu-ray looks and sounds night and day better than the DVD. However, it still doesn't always look as pristine as a Blu-ray can, which is why I removed one star. It may be a problem with the original film source. This is by far the best version of the film available. It includes all the bonus features from the DVD and adds more.
Highly recommended movie on Blu-ray. Enjoy!
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.
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.Read more ›
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Great movie of all times, RIP to Robin WIlliams he's such a great actor...Published 12 months ago by Louise Lascak