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Mr. Patman (1980)

R | | Drama | 22 April 1981 (France)
A male nurse working the night shift at a psychiatric hospital begins to lose his own grip on reality.

Director:

John Guillermin

Writer:

Thomas Hedley Jr. (screenplay) (as Thomas Hedley)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Coburn ... Patman
Kate Nelligan ... Peabody
Fionnula Flanagan ... Abadaba
Leslie Carlson ... Mr. Abernathy (as Les Carlson)
Candy Kane Candy Kane ... Mrs. Beckman
Michael Kirby ... Dr. Turley
Alan McRae ... Dr. Bloom
Jan Rubes ... Vrakettas
Hugh Webster Hugh Webster ... Mr. Wolfe
Lynne Griffin ... Monica (as Lyn Griffin)
Charles Jolliffe Charles Jolliffe ... Priest (as Charles Joliffe)
Kenneth Wickes ... Mr. Arnoldi (as Ken Wickes)
Tabitha Herrington Tabitha Herrington ... Montgomery
Lois Maxwell ... Director
Laura Press Laura Press ... Nurse Graves
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Mr. Patman works as a nurse in the psychiatric ward of a Vancouver area hospital. He treats his patients with care and compassion, they who in turn like him. To each, they are like family. He has disdain, however, for the doctors due to their lack of compassion toward the patients. Otherwise, he is a relatively solitary and lonely man. He rents a room in a house, where he lives with his best friend, his cat named Patty. He is carrying on an affair with Abadaba, the wife of the couple who own the house. The affair is one more of convenience for him, although Abadaba, also a lonely woman, is more emotionally dependent upon him than she is willing to admit. Patman, however, has more of an emotional and sexual attraction to Miss Peabody, his colleague at work. Peabody has career plans beyond her current job, and asks Patman to come with her. But Patman, affected by his work, is as intrigued by an offer by Mr. Wolfe, one of the ward's patients. Written by Huggo

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Trivia

This was first announced by " Planet of the Apes " producer Arthur P Jacobs in 1971 with Don Taylor directing. See more »

Connections

References The Dating Game (1965) See more »

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Tip-Toe Through the Tulips with Me
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Lyrics by Al Dubin
(c) Warner Bros. 1929
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One of the most underrated films ever.
14 February 2020 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

I don't understand why such a cute little gem was not better known and shown. Of course, it was not destined to large audiences, not the kind of people who crave for action flicks or super heroes crap. It's not a comedy but a bittersweet drama that makes you think, long after you saw it. A very accurate analysis of the human condition, which could make you think, but from another angle, and just because of the mental institution settings, to ONE FLEW OVER A CUCKOO'S NEST, where Jimmy Coburn's character seems to be the Jack Niholson's cousin in Milos Forman's masterpiece. A move made four years earlier. That's my own opinion.


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Language:

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Release Date:

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CAD6,900,000 (estimated)
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