The Hospital

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  • PG-13
  • 1971
  • 1 hr 43 min
  • 7.1  (7,052)
  • 72

The Hospital is a 1971 black comedy-drama film directed by Arthur Hiller, starring George C. Scott, Diana Rigg, and Barnard Hughes. The film was written by Paddy Chayefsky, who won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his work on the film. The story revolves around Dr. Bock, played by George C. Scott, a burnt-out chief of staff at a New York City hospital who is struggling to come to terms with his failed marriage, his failing health, and his general disillusionment with medicine. His hospital is in a state of chaos, with patients dying unexpectedly and staff members making careless mistakes. Bock is on the brink of a nervous breakdown, and he begins to contemplate suicide.

Meanwhile, a young woman named Barbara Drummond, played by Diana Rigg, comes to the hospital seeking treatment for an unknown illness. Bock becomes attracted to her and begins to see her as a symbol of hope and a reason to continue living. However, as he investigates her illness, he uncovers a conspiracy involving the hospital administration, the Mafia, and a group of radical activists who are planning to blow up the hospital in protest of its corrupt practices.

As Bock tries to navigate his way through the maze of hospital bureaucracy, corruption and illness, he is also forced to confront his own mortality and the meaning of life. The film touches on themes of disillusionment, corruption, the healthcare system, and the fragility of human life.

The performances in The Hospital are exceptional, with George C. Scott delivering a powerful and nuanced portrayal of a doctor on the brink. Diana Rigg is also excellent as the mysterious and enigmatic patient who comes to the hospital seeking help. Barnard Hughes delivers a standout performance as a mentally unstable patient who becomes Bock's unlikely ally.

The film's writing is sharp, witty, and insightful, with Paddy Chayefsky's screenplay capturing the troubled spirit of the times. The film's dark tone is balanced by moments of surreal humor, and the overall effect is a thought-provoking and entertaining film that manages to be both a satire and a serious drama.

The Hospital was well-received by critics and audiences alike upon its release, with many praising its sharp writing, powerful performances, and biting satire. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, for Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing, winning the former. Today, The Hospital is regarded as a classic of 1970s cinema, a brilliantly observed and acerbic portrait of American society and the healthcare system.

The Hospital is a 1971 mystery with a runtime of 1 hour and 43 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.1 and a MetaScore of 72.

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