The Hospital (1971) – IMDb


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Dr. Herbert Bock (George C. Scott), 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. In the midst of these setbacks, Bock is romantically drawn to the much younger Barbara Drummond (Dame Diana Rigg), whose father is a patient. As Barbara restores Bock’s will to live, it turns out that the hospital deaths are murders.
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Behind the lab coat beats the heart of a man who’s been pushed to the edge.
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Even though George C. Scott was the first choice for Dr. Herbert Bock, he almost lost the part due to his demand of a three hundred thousand dollar salary, which was a high pay at the time. Rod Steiger was then offered the part, but when he asked for even more money, the producers cast Scott after all. See more »


Goofs

In the Emergency Room, the dead patient’s eyes and head change positions between the time Mrs. Cushing and Dr. Spezio look at him. See more »


Quotes

Herbert Bock:
It is all rubbish isn’t it? I mean… transplants, antibodies. We manufacture genes. We can produce birth ectogenetically. We can practically clone people like carrots, and half the kids in this ghetto haven’t even been inoculated for polio. We have established the most enormous medical… entity ever conceived, and people are sicker than ever. We cure nothing! We heal nothing! The whole goddamn wretched world, strangulating in front of our eyes.

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Crazy Credits

Although Barnard Hughes played two distinct roles, the end credits lists Hughes as playing the role of Drummond but not Dr. Mallory. See more »


Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: Red Corner/Critical Care/Switchback/Family Name (1997)

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