Genre Grandeur – The Hospital (1971) – Encore Review – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – New York Films of the 70’s., here’s a review of The Hospital (1971) by Me

Thanks again to Paul of Silver Screen Classics for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Howard Casner of Ranting and Ravings and we will be reviewing our favorite French Film Noir.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jul by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Howard!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“You know, when I say impotent, I don’t mean merely limp. When I say impotent, I mean I’ve lost even my desire to work. That’s a hell of a lot more primal passion than sex. I’ve lost my reason for being… my purpose. The only thing I ever truly loved.” – Herbert Bock

Number of Times Seen – Twice (4 Sep 2014 and 29 Jun 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A hospital administrator on the verge of collapse must deal with mysterious deaths of some of the staff while a riot begins to form outside.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident a few years ago and was my very first choice of a film to watch for this month’s genre.

The story takes place in New York City yet it could conceivably take place anywhere due to the way things play out here.

This is a superb film that shows both the efficiency and the blunders that could come about when running a hospital.

George C. Scott is amazing in the lead role and we really get to see his character’s vulnerability along the way which helps make us care so much about him and the way he personally cares about his job, his staff and his day to day routine (which is far from routine).

He deservingly was nominated for an Oscar for his work here.

The story does a wonderful job blending together so many concepts into a mystery, a black comedy, suspenseful medical procedures and the bureaucracy of it all.

In addition to Scott, the supporting cast is also great and it’s fun seeing Diana Rigg in a prominent role here (that isn’t part of Game of Thrones).

The dialogue is written really well and stays fresh and crisp throughout.

Unfortunately, the fact that much of what transpires here can actually happen is quite sad to see.

The story itself is quite timeless and even after almost 50 years, most of what transpires here could still happen in hospitals in 2020 and that makes this film very relevant whenever one watches it.

Bottom Line – Such a great film because it shows that despite a hospital being efficient, there are so many things that could go wrong along the way.. Scott is superb in the lead role and makes us care so much about him and the thankless job that he has.  The film does a nice job of blending together a mystery, black comedy, suspenseful medical procedures and the bureaucracy of it all.  The supporting cast is also great and it’s great seeing Rigg in a prominent role here . The dialogue is crisp and clever yet ultimately it’s quite sad that this is truly the way things work. The story is timeless and feels just as relevant in 2020 than it did nearly 5 decades ago when this was made. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Dr. Herbert Bock rants “We have established the most enormous, medical…entity ever conceived and people are sicker than ever!” the slight pause, searching for the word “entity”, was spontaneously ad-libbed by George C. Scott to save the take . The scripted line was “we have ASSEMBLED the most enormous medical ESTABLISHMENT ever conceived.” Scott heard his slip in mid-sentence, so he reworded the line so as to not make it repetitive. Director Arthur Hiller loved the save so much he used that take in the movie. (From IMDB)

Rating – ??? Worthy (??/10) (no change from original review)


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One thought on “Genre Grandeur – The Hospital (1971) – Encore Review – MovieRob

  1. Pingback: Genre Grandeur June Finale – The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 (1974) – Silver Screen Classics | MovieRob

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