The Hospital

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MGM Released 1971

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Director:
Arthur Hiller
Released:
1971
Rating:
PG-13
The Hospital is a dark 1971 comedy about a suicidal doctor that won an Oscar for screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky ("Network"). Dr. Herbert Bock (George C. Scott) can only think about dying, not simply because he is the chief of medicine at a crumbling Manhattan teaching hospital. He has reached a point of complete apathy: his wife has left him, his children are estranged, he is impotent, and his workplace has taken on the dreary countenance of a concentration camp. Then, free-spirited Barbara (Diana Rigg) arrives for her comatose father Drummond (Barnard Hughes), but also brings a sunny outlook to the bleak-minded Bock. Then a shadow falls over the hospital. The death rate suddenly escalates, with patients receiving the wrong medication, surgeries or treatments. A mysterious figure stalks the hallways, terrifying patients and staff. Director Arthur Hiller ("Silver Streak") finely balances the dark humor, mystery and emotional drama for a disturbing trip through an urban hospital, and one man's character at the brink.moreless

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Comedy, Drama