Patch Adams

December 25th, 1998


Patch Adams

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A medical student in the 70's that treated patients, illegally, using humor.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 6.3/10 (39,740 voted)

Critic's Score: 25/100

Director: Tom Shadyac

Stars: Robin Williams, Daniel London, Monica Potter

Patch Adams is determined to become a medical doctor because he enjoys helping people. Unfortunately, the medical and scientific community does not appreciate his methods of healing the sick, while the actual patients, medical professors, and hospital nurses all appreciate the work *he* can do, because they are unable to do it.

Writers: Patch Adams, Maureen Mylander

Robin Williams - Patch Adams
Daniel London - Truman
Monica Potter - Carin
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Mitch
Bob Gunton - Dean Walcott
Josef Sommer - Dr. Eaton
Irma P. Hall - Joletta
Frances Lee McCain - Judy
Harve Presnell - Dean Anderson
Daniella Kuhn - Adelane
Peter Coyote - Bill Davis
James Greene - Bile
Michael Jeter - Rudy
Harold Gould - Arthur Mendelson
Bruce Bohne - Trevor Beene

Taglines: Based On A True Story.


Official Website: Official site at Universal |

Release Date: 25 December 1998

Filming Locations: Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $25,262,280 (USA) (27 December 1998) (2712 Screens)

Gross: $135,014,968 (USA) (30 May 1999)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Richard Kiley's final film.

Continuity: During the welcome scene at the school, the green folder on the desk/counter moves between shots.

Hunter Patch Adams: Now you have the ability to keep me from graduating. You can keep me from getting the title and the white coat. But you can't control my spirit, gentlemen. You can't keep me from learning, you can't keep me from studying. So you have a choice: you can have me as a professional colleague, passionate, or you can have me as an outspoken outsider, still adament. Either way I'll probably still be viewed as a thorn. But I promise you one thing: I am a thorn that will not go away
Charlie: Is that all?
Hunter Patch Adams: I hope not, sir.

User Review

Robin Williams:The Best Medicine

Rating: 7/10

In my opinion,Robin Williams is at his best when playing characters much like himself.This film is based on the life of the real Hunter "Patch" Adams,a man that Williams himself says that he closely relates to.In the medical profession,it is easy to become hard nosed and so wrapped up in treating the sickness that it is all too easy to forget that there are actual people behind the sickness.We are taught by Patch to treat the person first,because when you do so,treating the illness becomes somewhat easier.Sometimes people don't get better,but treating the soul to a laugh or two can lessen the pain and suffering.Sometimes people die,and while the people that loved them suffer and grieve,the suffering and grief are eased somewhat by the knowledge that their departed loved ones no longer suffer.This role was tailor made for Williams,and he is supported well,including another overlooked performance by the late Michael Jeter as a squirrel fearing mental patient.Thumbs up!


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