The National Health (1973)

PG   |    |  Comedy


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The British National Health System is skewered in this comedy set in a rundown London hospital. The hospital is filled with wacky staff members and patients, and the film strives to get all... See full summary »

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20 November 2003 | i-iz-matty
9
| Quality Black Humor
Jim Dale is a revelation in this movie, with only slight echoes of his "Carry on Doctor" movies - here he has much richer material to play with.

The appalling conditions of an under-funded national health hospital are comically contrasted with a "Dr Kildare" style soap showing in the ward televisions. The contrast between the real world and the fantasy soap world is skillfully done.

A charming, tragic, funny and intelligent black comedy made in the days when Britain generally made very poor comedy movies.

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