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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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
79% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (11 out of 14)

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

Synopsis


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



Customer rating

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79%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good movie for laughs.

    Posted
    Rogue1917

    It has been a while since I've seen this movie, but from what I remember it was a really good movie. I think something sad happens though, I just don't remember what. Being Robin Williams, however, I'm sure there is some stuff inappropriate for younger viewers in this film, so parents watch it first and you be the judge for your own kids. (I think personally I thought around 13 or so would be ok, but it has been several years since I've seen it, so I don't remember exactly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    :)

    Posted
    sXeNate

    This is one of Robin Williams finest. An incredibly amazing movie that is very well acted. Don't let the kev guy fool you. This movie is in no way a bore. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Full of laughs

    Posted
    LADYDI
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    Bought this as a gift for a friend recovering from surgery. This movie is super funny and thought it would brighten her spirits.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie - Great DVD Price

    Posted
    MikeOakForest
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    Just one of the many Robin Williams movies that I wanted to have in my movie collection, Got it at a great price and was delivered in no time at all. Thanks Best Buy !!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I enjoyed the movie....

    Posted
    Desiree78
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    I enjoyed Robin Williams portrayal of patch Adams.excellant Very moving movie...had me in tears at end ..would have paid more...thumbs up!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Patch Adams

    Posted
    lilBuger
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    This is an awesome movie and I will watch it many times over. I love Robin Williams and am very sad over his death.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Boring...

    Posted
    kevman79

    'Patch Adams' is a disappointing and boring movie that gets more attention on this dvd than it deserves. Skip it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Boring...Yawn

    Posted
    kevman79

    'Patch Adams' is a disappointing and boring movie that gets more attention on this dvd than it deserves. Skip it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend




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