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Doc Hollywood (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 2 August 1991 (USA)
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A young doctor on his way across the country to a job interview crashes his car in a small town and is sentenced to work for several days at the town hospital.

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Neil B. Shulman (book) (as Neil B. Shulman M.D.), Laurian Leggett (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael J. Fox ... Dr. Ben Stone
Julie Warner ... Lou
Barnard Hughes ... Dr. Aurelius Edsel Hogue
Woody Harrelson ... Hank Gordon
David Ogden Stiers ... Mayor Nick Nicholson
Frances Sternhagen ... Lillian - Welcoming Committee
George Hamilton ... Doctor Halberstrom
Bridget Fonda ... Nancy Lee Nicholson
Mel Winkler Mel Winkler ... Melvin - Mechanic
Helen Martin ... Maddie - Welcoming Committee
Roberts Blossom ... Judge Evans
Tom Lacy Tom Lacy ... Deputy Cotton
Macon McCalman ... Aubrey Draper
Raye Birk ... Simon Tidwell - First Patient
Eyde Byrde Eyde Byrde ... Nurse Packer
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Storyline

Benjamin Stone is a young doctor driving to L.A., where he is interviewing for a high-paying job as a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. He gets off the highway to avoid a traffic jam, but gets lost and ends up crashing into a fence in the small town of Grady. He is sentenced to 32 hours of community service at the local hospital. All he wants is to serve the sentence, get his car fixed and get moving, but gradually the locals become attached to the new doctor, and he falls for the pretty ambulance driver, Lou. Will he leave? Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's a big city plastic surgeon... in a small town that doesn't take plastic. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doc Hollywood See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,251,854, 4 August 1991

Gross USA:

$54,830,779

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,830,779
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Screenwriter Neil B. Shulman worked at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, hence the name of the town, Grady. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of film, during titles, Stone is driving and stops in traffic. He is wearing a dark brown jacket, but as he stands up to view traffic the jacket has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Benjamin Stone: Okay, let's get something straight right now. I got eight years of higher education, I got one year of internship, I got one year of residency. I'm 70,000 dollars in debt. Now I'm waylaid in this heehaw hell, and you insist on clocking me in and out like I'm some kind of factory worker. Well no! N-O, no! This is where I draw the line.
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Alternate Versions

For its reruns on the Nine Network in Australia, four scenes have been edited: -The line "I'm so fucked" was removed, and so was all following dialogue in the court scene. -In the dream scene, they cut a silhouette of Julie Warner nude, where one nipple was visible. -They cut most shots of Julie Warner nude after emerging from the lake, to remove the sight of her bare breasts. -They cut the line "Now I'm sending him to Athens General. You're his regular fucking doctor, you get your fat ass out of bed, get down there and go with him." Presumably this is because it is usually shown as an afternoon movie and such a scene is not appropriate for this time of day. A detailed comparison of the uncut version and the edited version can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m020R8pdis See more »

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References Hee Haw (1969) See more »

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Pomone Waltz
Performed by Albert Sandler
Courtesy of Capitol Records
By arrangement of CEMA Special Markets
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a gem of a movie
2 January 2003 | by saimahuqSee all my reviews

I didn't like Doc Hollywood the first time I saw it in 1991 --- then I watched it again a few years ago and was blown away by the writing, acting and all-around sweet nature of the film.

Dr. Ben Stone is leaving DC for a job doing plastic surgery for celebs in LA when he runs into a picket fence in a small Southern town and has to do 3 days of community service at their clinic as penance. His fancy sports car is totaled anyway and he has to get it fixed. Miffed at being waylaid in such a hokey place, he tries to get through the next few days in time for his new job.

He meets a wide cast of characters -- and to their credit, not everyone in a small town is so gosh-friendly. Some are mean, some are troubled, some are nice -- like any other array of people. Ben meets Lou, a single mother who drives the ambulance, as well as Nancy Lee Nicholson, a confused beauty who wants him to take her to LA.

This movie is great because it is about many people deciding for themselves how they want to live -- whether in a big city or in a small town -- and why they value what they do. It is also about an epiphany for Ben Stone and changing of his ways internally.


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