The Hospital

The Hospital (1971)

Sub-Genres - Black Comedy, Satire, Medical Drama  |   Release Date - Dec 14, 1971 (USA - Unknown), Dec 14, 1971 (USA)  |   Run Time - 103 min.  |   Countries - Germany, United Kingdom, United States  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Synopsis by Matthew Tobey

Directed by Arthur Hiller from the second of three Academy Award-winning screenplays by Paddy Chayefsky, The Hospital is a black comedy centering on Dr. Herbert Bock (George C. Scott), a bitter, suicidal surgeon. While patients at the hospital die left and right due to the extreme carelessness and ineptness of the staff that surrounds him, the lonely Bock finds himself falling for Barbara (Diana Rigg), the daughter of Edmund (Barnard Hughes), a patient. Meanwhile, a mysterious killer has begun stalking the hospital, taking out staff members. In addition to Chayefsky's Oscar win, The Hospital garnered a Best Actor nomination for Scott, who lost to Gene Hackman for The French Connection.



disillusionment, medical-system, hospital, bureaucracy, doctor, killing, surgery, alcoholism, health-care, suicide


High Historical Importance