The Hospital (1971) - Comedy, Drama, Mystery

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An over-burdened doctor struggles to find meaning in his life while a murderer stalks the halls of his hospital.

IMDB: 7.2
Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: George C. Scott, Diana Rigg
Length: 103 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 7 out of 68 found boring (10.29%)

One-line Reviews (27)

The climax is unpredictable (unless you've seen it) and made even more hilarious if you happen to guess.

The surrounding cast is superb and the dialogue quite entertaining.

So compelling and believable is he when he talks about the state of his marriage and family...

I found it dreary, visually ugly and generally meaningless.

This is an interesting movie,well worth watching.

For a kickoff, a diabetic intern is ill-omened enough to fall asleep after scoring with a nurse on a hospital bed.

In one corner are Scott and Chayevsky making with the intense psychological realism and some really powerful moments; in the other is chaotic urban hospital laboring at zany gallows humor with a few scattered laughs.

yet it is so entertaining that I didn't mind watching again (and again).

Like the rest of a good cast gone to waste, Rigg can't overcome a script that isn't interested in any character except Bock, or any philosophy beyond banality.

Falling asleep in the bed the night staff had no idea the previous patient had left and gave the sleeping intern the IV that patient was supposed to get killing him.

And Hiller's camera is mobile, roaming the hospital corridors, helping to create a sense of action and movement, reflecting the chaos of confusion in the place.

Plus, Scott is probably one of the most intense people ever to have lived!

The plot is absolutely wild but entertaining from start to finish.

While the first half of this film provides some entertaining black comedy, it all turns out to be a red herring.

The Hospital also dips into black comedy, social satire, murder mystery and romance, and when it goes anywhere near any of those, it becomes disappointingly bland and predictable.

George C Scott, pre-eminently a stage actor has been provided with one of his better movie roles here and is always a riveting presence.

Scott, this is another star turn and worth watching.

After killing a patient with negligence, he finds a use with the empty bed and a nurse.

More depressing and intense than funny.

Unfortunately, the rest of the cast is so-so, due to bad casting choices, weak acting and also uninspiring characters.

He's good, but just too intense to laugh at.

This layer of story is quite tedious.

This is riveting absurdity.

The scattering of characters can be confusing which fits very nicely with the confusing nature of the hospital.

It's like Chayefsky was trying to say how meaningless and plodding existing is...

Dislaimer: one unexpected rape scene, which is included in the black humour.

In most cases it works but when the film is over you're left thinking that the chances of change are limited at best and unexpected at worst.