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Story

Paddy Chayefsky (Marty) wrote the script for this 1971 film that mixes--in Chayefsky tradition--absurdist satire with a touching, almost wistful love story. George C. Scott plays a cynical doctor battling bureaucratic superstructures on the one hand and hippie-dippy flakiness among some patients on the other. When he falls for an eccentric young woman (Diana Rigg) with an alternative view on everything, the road to liberation from burdensome responsibilities seems to open before him. Director Arthur Hiller (Love Story) doesn't do much more than bring the screenplay to life, though he does create a persuasive sense of urban chaos in the setting. Scott gives a good, thoughtful performance. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

George C. ScottDr.Herbert Bock
Diana RiggBarbara Drummond
Barnard HughesDrummond
Richard DysartDr. Welbeck
Nancy MarchandMrs. Christie
Roberts BlossomGuernsey
Katherine HelmondMarilyn Mead
Frances SternhagenMrs. Cushing
Robert WaldenDr. Brubaker
Stockard ChanningE.R. Nurse
Dennis DuganE.R. Doctor
Christopher GuestResident

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Arthur Hiller
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 103 mins
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1971
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe15
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 16, 2003
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