Actors: George C. Scott, Diana Rigg
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about The Hospital|
|Five years before "Network," Paddy Chayevsky's screenplay for this equally savage satire (1971) on hospitals was directed by Arthur Hill with George C. Scott starring as Dr. Herbert Bock, the head of surgery at a major teaching hospital in Manhattan. His wife has left him and his children disowned him, and Bock is impotent and suicidal as patients (and even staff!) begin dying off in record numbers due to apparent negligence, errors, and misdiagnoses. Barbara Drummond (Rigg) has come to take her comatose father back to the Sioux reservation to die, and she and Bock reach out to each other for emotional succor as a shadowy figure stalks the patients and staff. The first part of the film seems part melodrama, part horror, but then it veers into black comic farce, though Scott's suicide attempt scene is genuinely wrenching. (Trivia buffs: Stockard Channing's first screen role is here, uncredited, as an ER nurse.)
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
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Time/era of movie:
Inner struggle or disability
- (General) search for meaning/identity
Story of city/rural life?
- Big City
Culture of surrounding area:
- American Northeast
- brunette (Brown)
- (man) short/standard straight
- (man) muscular
Events of movie makes character more...
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor?
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Brown)
- (woman) medium/shoulderlgn straight
How much in movie?
- American Indian
- New York
- dirty, grimy (like New York)
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Movie makes you feel...
- all mixed up
Sex/nudity in movie?
What kind of sex:
- actual description of sex
- Occasional swearing
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