In the quiet, sterile, somber confines of a hospital, a clown with giant shoes and an enormous red nose suddenly bursts through a door and strides down the hall.
Patients beware...laughter is contagious!
Academy Award® -winner Robin Williams is Patch Adams - a doctor who believes in laughter as medicine and will do just about anything to make his patients laugh - even if it means risking his own career. Based on a true story, Patch Adams combines sidesplitting humor with an inspiring story that transcends the traditional comedy. After such career highlights as Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Awakenings, The Fisher King, Mrs. Doubtfire and his Oscar® -winning supporting turn in last years Good Will Hunting, the highly versatile star racks up another milestone as he takes on an inspiring and colorful real-life character whose reputation for zany, humorous antics rivals his own.
The director of Patch Adams is Tom Shadyac, whose first three films were the smash hit comedies Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Liar Liar starring Jim Carrey, and The Nutty Professor starring Eddie Murphy. Once again Shadyac has collaborated with screenwriter/co-producer Steve Oedekerk. With Patch Adams, the pair has graduated from the lighthearted merriment of these earlier efforts to tackle a superstar vehicle with a more realistic, more dramatic but still comically-fertile story, based on a real-life characters struggle to help others.
To support his star, Shadyac has enlisted such talented young actors as Monica Potter (Without Limits, Con Air), newcomer Daniel London and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Boogie Nights, Happiness) along with such well-known character actors as Michael Jeter, Bob Gunton, Harold Gould, Irma P. Hall, Harve Presnell and Richard Kiley.
A Blue Wolf, Farrell/Minoff, Bungalow 78 Production, Patch Adams was produced by Barry Kemp (Romy and Micheles High School Reunion), Mike Farrell, Marvin Minoff (Dominick and Eugene) and Charles Newirth (Forest Gump). The executive producers are Marsha Garces Williams (Mrs. Doubtfire) and Tom Shadyac.