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Peter Nichols adapted his own hit play to the screen, based on his experiences in hospitals. A riotous black comedy that's as timely today as ever, it contrasts the appalling conditions in a overcrowded London hospital with a soap opera playing on the televisions there. In an ingenious touch, the same actors appear in the "real" story as well as the "TV" one, thus blurring the distinctions even further. Jack Gould directs such outstanding British actors as Lynn Redgrave, Colin Blakely, Eleanor Bron, Jim Dale, Donald Sinden, Mervyn Johns, and, in only his second film, Bob Hoskins. The renowned Carl Davis composed the score.

  1. Jack Gold

    Director

  2. Peter Nichols

    Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Lynn Redgrave

    Lynn Redgrave

    Nurse Sweet / Nurse Betty Martin

  2. Eleanor Bron

    Eleanor Bron

    Mr. Carr / Senior Surgeon Boyd

  3. Jim Dale

    Jim Dale

    Barnet / Dr. Neil Boyd

  4. Donald Sinden

    Donald Sinden

    Mr. Carr / Senior Surgeon Boyd

  5. Mervyn Johns

    Mervyn Johns

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The National Health
The National Health

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Status Released

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  • March 6, 1973
    Theatrical

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Original Language English

Runtime 1h 38m

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