Satira drammatica sul mondo ospedaliero statunitense. Paradossalmente funziona meglio quando le parti di denuncia (un po' datate) lasciano spazio al lato emotivo. Gran merito della sua riuscita va all'ottimo George C. Scott, che riesce con il suo tormentato personaggio a dare umanità e verosimiglianza a un'opera che alle volte tende a scivolare verso il macchiettistico.Alla sceneggiatura c'è Paddy Chayefsky e si vede
Not only is it a complex dry dark comedy but its also an engaging character study! George C. Scott delivers such an amazing performance that balances depression and moral responsibility. Though I think Network established Paddy Chayefsky as an unique voice, this shows him as a good storyteller.
Chayefsky is almost infallible at giving the toughest and loudest social and existencial commentaries under the veil of comedy. He did that flawlessly in "Marty" and "Network", but not here. Still, George C. Scott is magnificent, as always. His rage and tortuous pain seem on the surface all the time, like he really was the character he plays.
If the movie feels chaotic and fragmented, that's the point. Dr. Bock's angst may not be that far removed from, say, R. Crumb's Whiteman, but George C. Scott's performance is remarkable enough in channeling the guttering embers of the man Bock used to be that it's remarkably easy to connect with him. In that sense, the matter-of-factness with which a 'happy' ending is rejected by the film is quite striking
I know Network is technically a better film but something about this film keeps me coming back more often. I LOVE George C. Scott. I love George C. Scott's face. If a movie features him in some kind of despair I'm there. The dialogue is needless to say great. I really Rigg too in this film.