Director: Tom Shadyac
Writers (WGA): Patch Adams (book) and Maureen Mylander (book) ...
Release Date: 25 December 1998 (USA)
Genre: Comedy | Drama
Runtime: 115 min
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0129290/
In 1969, Hunter Adams was a troubled man who voluntarily committed himself into a mental institution. Once there, he finds that helping his fellow inmates there gives him a purpose in life. Thus inspired, he leaves the asylum and vows to become a doctor to help people professionally. However, what he finds at medical school is a sickeningly callous philosophy that advocates an arms-length attitude to the patients that does not address their emotional needs or the quality of their lives. "Patch" Adams is determined to find a better way to help them, although the consequences of his defiance of the rules and the authorities are severe.