Patch Adams


1h 55m 1998

Brief Synopsis

Hunter "Patch" Adams was criticized in his official medical school record for "excessive happiness" and was once told by a faculty advisor, "If you want to be a clown, join a circus." Patch did, in fact, want to be a clown. But he also wanted to be a physician. Combining vastly different sides of hi

Film Details

Also Known As
Docteur Patch
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1998
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Asheville, North Carolina, USA; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; San Francisco, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m

Synopsis

Hunter "Patch" Adams was criticized in his official medical school record for "excessive happiness" and was once told by a faculty advisor, "If you want to be a clown, join a circus." Patch did, in fact, want to be a clown. But he also wanted to be a physician. Combining vastly different sides of his personality, he became both. Patch's remarkable story, which includes having been a patient and a doctor at a mental institute, celebrates the triumph of spirited individualism and the unending pursuit of an idealistic dream. Based on the autobiography "Gesundheit: Good Health is a Laughing Matter," written by Hunter "Patch" Adams with Maureen Mylander.

Crew

Hunter Doherty Adams

Source Material (From Novel)

Coleen Aiello

Accounting Assistant

Mary J Alen

Medic

Maura Alvarez

Rotoscope Animator

Pete Anthony

Music

Pete Anthony

Music Conductor

Saundra Marie Ardito

Accounting Assistant

David Ariniello

Dolly Grip

James Ashwill

Foley Mixer

Jeff Atmajian

Music

Clyde D Baisey

Medic

Derek J Baskerville

Costumes

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Music

Anthony Belmonte

Other

Odin Benitez

Sound Effects Editor

Frank Bennett

Music

Irving Berlin

Song

David Bernstein

Assistant Director

Michael Bigham

Location Scout

Gaston Biraben

Dialogue Editor

David Blitstein

Special Effects Coordinator

Beau Bonneau

Location Casting

Jill Bowles

Assistant

Bonnie Bramlett

Song

Eddie Brigati

Song

Richard Bronskill

Other

Max Bruce

Visual Effects Designer

Adam Bryant

Stand-In

Wally Buckallew

Other

Rick Canelli

Adr

Randy Cantor

Transportation Captain

Marguerite Cargill

Visual Effects

Victoria Carlson

Other

Felix Cavaliere

Song

Chris Centrella

Key Grip

Catherine Childers

Hair Stylist

Gergory Childers

Grip

Eric Clapton

Song

John Clavin

Other

Allegra Clegg

Unit Production Manager

Allegra Clegg

Associate Producer

Ashley Cook

Art Department Coordinator

Judith A. Cory

Hair Stylist

John Cucci

Foley Artist

Alan B. Curtiss

Assistant Director

Alan B. Curtiss

Associate Producer

Hallie D'amore

Makeup

Gary Dahlquist

Rigging Gaffer

Tom Dames

Accounting Assistant

Sandy De Crescent

Music Contractor

David Depalo

Music

Carol Depasquale

Script Supervisor

Linda Descenna

Production Designer

Christopher Desmond

Medic

Bruce Dobrin

Other

Andrew Dorfman

Song

Michael Dorner

Accountant

Patrick Duffek

Special Thanks To

Sheena Duggal

Visual Effects Supervisor

Alan Easley

On-Set Dresser

Daniel Eaton

Art Department

Robin Eickman

Special Thanks To

Brad Einhorn

Property Master

Rory Enke

Location Manager

Rebecca Erwin Spencer

Assistant

Mike Farrell

Producer

Tom Fendley

Electrician

Frank Fleming

Other

Doug Forrest

Visual Effects

Steven Foster

Song

Layne Friedman

Art Department

Jenny Fulle

Visual Effects

Jennifer Garces Cerchiai

Assistant

Bobby J Garren

Other

J.j. George

Music Editor

Mellisa Glass

Production Assistant

Avram D Gold

Dialogue Editor

Jarek Gorczycki

Best Boy

Mack Gordon

Song

Melinda Sue Gordon

Photography

Richard Grant

Other

Richard Graves

Assistant

Joe Gray

Other

Rebecca S Greeley

Assistant Director

Dawn Guinta

Production Manager

Johnny Guterres

Grip

Randall Guth

Sound Effects Editor

Mark Hager

Assistant Production Coordinator

Mindy Hall

Makeup Artist

D J Harder

Assistant Camera Operator

Barbara Harris

Adr Voice Casting

George Harrison

Song Performer

George Harrison

Song

Michael Hilkene

Sound Editor

Marlen Hill

Negative Cutting

Scott Hill

Assistant Editor

Rob Hoge

Location Scout

Kirk A Holland

Transportation Co-Captain

Karyn L. Huston

Hair Stylist

Karis Jagger

Production Assistant

Debra James

Production Coordinator

Rod Janusch

Special Effects Assistant

Ken J Johnson

Sound Effects

Michael Jonascu

Sound Effects Editor

Luther Jones

Foreman

Bert Kalmar

Song

Joanie Karnowski

Rotoscope Animator

Barry Kemp

Producer

Erin Kemp

Set Designer

Michael R Kern

Accounting Assistant

Dean M King

Best Boy Grip

Jeff Kluttz

Key Grip

Susan Kornfeld

Rotoscope Animator

Ivo Kos

Chief Modelmaker

Alexandra Kravetz

Camera

James L Kroning

Props Assistant

Gregg Landaker

Sound Mixer

Mary C. Lane

Costume Supervisor

Robert Laux

Production

Paul Lazebnik

Assistant

Denise Lewis

Medic

Heather Leyton

Assistant

Patrick Loungway

Camera Operator

Kim Marks

Camera Operator

Joel Marrow

Transportation Coordinator

Steve Maslow

Sound Mixer

Dave Mason

Song

Dave Mason

Song Performer

James O Maull

Post-Production Accountant

Patrick Mcardle

Assistant

Hugh Mccallum

Grip

Ric Mcelvin

Set Decorator

Kevin Mcnamara

Production Assistant

F W Meacham

Song

Michael John Meehan

Location Manager

Michael E Meier

Other

Matt Messina

Production Assistant

Daniel Michalske

Electrician

Cheri Minns

Makeup

Marvin Minoff

Producer

Michelle Minyon

Assistant

Robert Montano

Other

Devorah Moos-hankin

Coproducer

Raquel Morales

2-D Artist

Van Morrison

Song Performer

Van Morrison

Song

Piero Mura

Sound Effects Editor

Jasa Murphy

Production Assistant

Maureen Mylander

Source Material (From Novel)

Jim Nedza

Art Director

Keith Neely

Assistant Art Director

Charles J. Newirth

Producer

Thomas Nisbet

Grip

Dan O'connell

Foley Artist

Thomas J. O'connell

Adr Mixer

Steve Oedekerk

Screenplay

Steve Oedekerk

Coproducer

Orlando Orona

Grip

John Oster

Foreman

Brion Paccassi

Other

Harry Palmer

Electrician

Jay Palmer

Other

Amy Panzer

Craft Service

Douglas Parker

Assistant Sound Editor

Jim Passon

Color Timer

Kim Petrosky

Casting

Doug Pierce

Set Designer

Tony Piller

On-Set Dresser

Eric Pinckert

Apprentice

Robert E Powell

Electrician

Jim Poynter

On-Set Dresser

Willie Radcliff

Craft Service

Ken Ralston

Special Thanks To

Arthur Resnick

Song

Cheryl Rich

Production Assistant

Julia Rivas

Visual Effects

Christi Robbins

Production Assistant

Susannah Robbins

Location Scout

J R Robertson

Song

Duane Robinson

Grip

David Ronan

On-Set Dresser

Harry Ruby

Song

Fred Runner

Boom Operator

Judy Ruskin Howell

Costume Designer

Patrick Russ

Music

Pernell L Salinas

Assistant Sound Editor

Paul G. Sanchez

Assistant Camera Operator

Rafael Sanchez

Gaffer

Dennis Sands

Music

Jim Scaife

Auditor

David Schaub

Visual Effects

Hal Schlax

Props

Peggy Schnitzer

Costumes

Solange Schwalbe

Foley

Debora Seaman

Foley Recordist

David Seekins

Assistant

Nancy Hart Servin

Wardrobe

Julie Shadyac

Other

Tom Shadyac

Executive Producer

Marc Shaiman

Music

Film Details

Also Known As
Docteur Patch
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1998
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Location
Asheville, North Carolina, USA; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; San Francisco, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m

Award Nominations

Best Score (Musical or Comedy)

1998

Articles

Michael Jeter, 1952-2003


Michael Jeter, the diminutive actor whose versatility in all mediums earned him numerous accolades and awards, was found dead on March 30 in his Hollywood Hills home. He was 50. The cause of death has not been determined, although in a 1997 interview for Entertainment Tonight Jeter did disclose he was HIV-positive.

Jeter was born on Aug. 26, 1952, in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. He began medical studies at Memphis State University, but soon discovered a love for the theater. After graduation, he pursued his career in earnest and moved to New York and worked as a law firm secretary until he found some stage work and his film debut in Milos Forman's adaptation of the musical Hair (1979).

Jeter spend the next decade landing mostly stage work and making occasional guest forays in popular television shows: Lou Grant, Night Court, and Designing Women, but his unique physical presence (a slight, 5'4" frame, premature balding, owlish features) made it difficult for him to land substantial parts. That all changed when Tommy Tune cast him in the Broadway hit Grand Hotel (1990) in the role of Otto Kringelin, a dying clerk enjoying a last fling in Berlin. Jeter's energetic performance earned him a Tony award and gave him a much higher profile to stake a claim in movies. The following year he made his strongest impression on film to date when he was cast in Terry Gilliam's (1991) delivering a moving performance as a homeless cabaret singer with AIDS.

He scored his biggest coup when he was cast the same year in the hit sitcom Evening Shade (1991-1994) as Herman Stiles, the wimpy assistant to Reynolds, who played a pro football player turned coach. He won an Emmy award in 1992 for that role and scored two more nominations by the end of the series run. Jeter would also get some good supporting parts in many films throughout the decade: Sister Act 2 (1993), a fun comic role as Whoopi Goldberg's sidekick Father Ignatius; Mouse Hunt (1997); The Green Mile (1999), his best film role as Eduard Delacroix, a condemned murderer who befriends a cellblock mouse; Jurassic Park III (2001); and Welcome to Collinwood (2002).

At the time of his death, Jeter was appearing on the classic PBS children's series Sesame Street as the lovable but bumbling Mr. Noodle; and had been filming Robert Zemekis' Christmas movie The Polar Express starring Tom Hanks. Production was halted on Monday in observance of Jeter's death. He is survived by his life partner, Sean Blue, his parents, Dr. William and Virginia Jeter; a brother, William; and four sisters, Virginia Anne Barham, Emily Jeter, Amanda Parsons and Laurie Wicker.

by Michael T. Toole
Michael Jeter, 1952-2003

Michael Jeter, 1952-2003

Michael Jeter, the diminutive actor whose versatility in all mediums earned him numerous accolades and awards, was found dead on March 30 in his Hollywood Hills home. He was 50. The cause of death has not been determined, although in a 1997 interview for Entertainment Tonight Jeter did disclose he was HIV-positive. Jeter was born on Aug. 26, 1952, in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. He began medical studies at Memphis State University, but soon discovered a love for the theater. After graduation, he pursued his career in earnest and moved to New York and worked as a law firm secretary until he found some stage work and his film debut in Milos Forman's adaptation of the musical Hair (1979). Jeter spend the next decade landing mostly stage work and making occasional guest forays in popular television shows: Lou Grant, Night Court, and Designing Women, but his unique physical presence (a slight, 5'4" frame, premature balding, owlish features) made it difficult for him to land substantial parts. That all changed when Tommy Tune cast him in the Broadway hit Grand Hotel (1990) in the role of Otto Kringelin, a dying clerk enjoying a last fling in Berlin. Jeter's energetic performance earned him a Tony award and gave him a much higher profile to stake a claim in movies. The following year he made his strongest impression on film to date when he was cast in Terry Gilliam's

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Released in United States March 19, 1999

Released in United States on Video June 22, 1999

Released in United States Winter December 25, 1998

Based on the autobiography "Gesundheit: Good Health is a Laughing Matter," written by Hunter "Patch" Adams with Maureen Mylander.

Released in United States March 19, 1999

Released in United States on Video June 22, 1999

Released in United States Winter December 25, 1998

Began shooting February 23, 1998.

Completed shooting June 25, 1998.