Patch Adams [WS] [Collector's Edition] [DVD] [1998]

Robin Williams stars in the biopic Patch Adams, which comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.0. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Tom Shadyac, biographies, outtakes, trailers, and information on the medicinal value of laughter.
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Special Features

  • Feature commentary with director Tom Shadyac
  • Documentary: "The Medicinal Value of Laughter" featuring interviews with Tom Shadyac, Robin Williams, MOnica Potter, Mike Farrell and the real Patch Adams
  • Outtakes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Production notes
  • Cast and filmmakers' bios
  • Film Highlights
  • Web links


Patch Adams
The fact-based story of an unconventional physician who attempted to heal patients with laughter, based on his own book and mixing equal doses of scatological humor and pathos. Robin Williams stars as Hunter Adams, a troubled young man who commits himself to a mental institution in the late 1960s. His experiences there convince Adams to become a doctor, and he enrolls in medical school, where he is appalled at the cold, clinical professionalism that alienates patients from their caregivers. Determined to provide emotional and spiritual relief as well as medicine, Adams clowns around for his patients, getting to know them personally. Although his efforts seem to work wonders and the hospital nursing staff is grateful for the levity Adams provides, his methods alienate his uptight roommate Mitch (Philip Seymour Hoffman) as well as the staff and faculty of his school. Adams perseveres, however, even starting his own low-cost rural clinic called the Gesundheit Institute, and wooing a pretty fellow student, Carin (Monica Potter). Tragedy strikes, and Adams' career is put in jeopardy, forcing him to defend his style and philosophy before a board of jurists determined to bar him from practicing medicine. Patch Adams (1998) was produced by former M*A*S*H (1972-83) star Mike Farrell, who met the real-life Adams when the offbeat doctor served as an advisor to the actor's popular TV series. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Robin Williams
    Robin Williams - Patch Adams
  • Daniel London
    Daniel London - Trumen
  • Monica Potter
    Monica Potter - Carin
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman
    Philip Seymour Hoffman - Mitch
  • Bob Gunton
    Bob Gunton - Dean Walcott

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