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Patch Adams

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Hunter "Patch" Adams was criticised in his official medical school record for excessive happiness and was once told by a faculty advisor, "If you want to be a clown, join the circus."

Patch did, in fact, want to be a clown, but he also wanted to be a physician. Combining vastly different sides of his personality, he became both. Patch's remarkable story, which includes having been a patient and a doctor at a medical institute, celebrates the triumph of spirited individualism and the unending pursuit of an idealistic dream.

Academy Award-winner Robin Williams stars in Patch Adams, a comedy with heart based on the true story of a compassionate but outrageous medical student who risks his career by defying the medical profession with his unwavering belief that laughter is contagious.

Also starring Monica Potter and Daniel London as fellow students Carin and Truman. Directed by Tom Shadyac.

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Theatrical report

Good morning, dead awakenings society.

Now, despite Robin Williams presenting yet another funny radical with a heart of gold who challenges the hegemony based on a true story, and despite the layers and layers of schmaltz (how schmaltzy is finding a room full of kids with cancer and teaching them to have fun with an enema bulb?), this is actually a good film. (And by the way, the cancer kids are real cancer kids, who got into the film through the Make-a-wish foundation, with whom the production and Robin were/are closely involved).

Robin goes beyond his normal Robinisms and presents a seriously flawed and gifted character - he is as funny as I have seen him in a long time and just as sincere. Monica does a brilliant impression of Julia Roberts (actually, she does it better than Julia does) but as if Julia could act. Everyone else is good, too.

Patch Adams is a funny, friendly, touching movie that everyone can and will enjoy.

Security censorship classification

M (Adult themes)

Surveillance time

115 minutes (1:55 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 18 October 1999

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