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Hospital! (1997)

A "Naked Gun" type comedy from Britain, this one-off special was made specifically for the launch of Channel 5 in 1997, and was screened on the station's opening night. It deals with a ... See full summary »

Director:

John Henderson

Writer:

Laurie Rowley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Wise ... Dr. Jim Nightingale
Bob Peck ... Harley Benson
Hywel Bennett ... Dickie Beaumont
Mark Heap ... Dr. Ralph Crosby
Haydn Gwynne ... Victoria Barking
Celia Imrie ... Sister Muriel
Susannah Doyle ... Alison
Julian Clary ... Jock
Claire Rayner Claire Rayner ... Herself
Alexei Sayle ... X Ray Operator
Martin Clunes ... Isolation Patient
June Brown June Brown ... Cleaner
Nicholas Parsons ... Wheelchair Man
Philip Pope Philip Pope ... Pianist
Clive Anderson Clive Anderson ... Sea Captain
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A "Naked Gun" type comedy from Britain, this one-off special was made specifically for the launch of Channel 5 in 1997, and was screened on the station's opening night. It deals with a young neurosurgeon trying to save a young man while dealing with a lusting co-worker, a money-obsessed administrator, the Elephant Man, and the operation. He must hurry to meet his fiancée so they can start a new life in Australia. It's a twisted tale featuring several British celebrities such as Claire Raynor, Clive Anderson, and Dame Emma Thompson as The Elephant Woman. Written by B.H. Yasuda <b_yasuda@hotmail.com>

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medical | hospital | See All (2) »

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1997 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gyogyós gyógyintézet See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Shown on the launch night of the U.K.'s fifth terrestrial television channel, Channel 5. See more »

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Followed by Hotel! (2001) See more »

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ER + Scrubs + British humor = potential combination (not to?) describe this movie
12 April 2004 | by mbp3See all my reviews

TV series about medicine, interns and/or paramedics are common on Tv nowadays. Films about it are not exactly like that. This uncommon experimentation is made on this production, with an ambiguous, sadistic, tragicomic script, centering on a neurosurgeon doctor's routine. It's been quite a long time since I've seen this film on HBO, and I don't regret of that. It's nice watching some fresh, unpredictable stuff once in a while. The plot is cleverly INtense, NOT tense and filled with medical clichés and jargons, as it can be presumed at first, though. We can see here a more honest, fluid point of view about the banalization of human life within such work environments, far away of being explored by north-american productions about delicate themes such as health issues. So to say: a more human -- limitated as it is implicited -- role. I assure that moralistic, pretensiosly romanced approachs so widely used by Warner Bros. and its cheesy, predictable TV series, for instance, are happily avoided by a less hipocrite european insight of humor. Using my comparison above, that I've used only for an easier analogy, Hospital! is like a Scrubs without immature interns and naive, dissociated life lessons, plus an ER without semigod doctors and tasteless script.


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