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197 Ratings

The Hospital

Directed by Arthur Hiller
United States, 1971
Comedy, Drama, Mystery


Herbert Bock, the chief of medicine in a New York City teaching hospital, is contemplating suicide; he’s impotent, his wife has left him, and his children aren’t speaking to him. His hospital is also suffering from a recent spate of inexplicable deaths.

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The Hospital Directed by Arthur Hiller

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1972 | 2 wins including: OCIC Award - Recommendation

Academy Awards

1972 | Winner: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced

1972 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

BAFTA Awards

1973 | Winner: Best Screenplay

1973 | Nominee: Best Actor

Writers Guild of America

1972 | Winner: Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen (Screen)

Critics reviews

Even better than I remembered, maybe because I’m now closer to the age of its protagonist – and Chayefsky himself, when he wrote it as a screed against not just an inept and murderous System but also its discontents, hippies, activists and New Age escapists, the anger of a middle-aged man against a world gone mad and his own diminishing powers.
August 22, 2015
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