An ‘Airplane’-style spoof of hospital soap operas: a brilliant young trainee can’t stand the sight of blood; a doctor romances the head nurse in order to get the key to the drugs cabinet; there’s a mafioso on the loose disguised as a woman – in other words all the usual ingredients present and correct, though in this case the laughs are intentional.
Young Doctors in Love is a 1982 American comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. Similar in tone to the Airplane! movies, it spoofs a variety of medical shows (in particular, General Hospital) and has many guest stars from ABC soap operas. The film stars Sean Young, Michael McKean, Harry Dean Stanton, Dabney Coleman and Patrick Macnee. It also features Demi Moore in one of her early film roles.
This is the first feature directed by Garry Marshall, as well as his first collaboration with Hector Elizondo. The two became lifelong friends, with Marshall referring to Elizondo as his “lucky charm” and casting him in a role – sometimes minor – in every one of Marshall’s films.
Young Doctors in Love (1982)
Directed by: Garry Marshall
Starring: Michael McKean, Sean Young, Gary Friedkin, Crystal Bernard, Pamela Reed, Rick Overton, Saul Rubinek, Ted McGinley
Screenplay by: Michael Elias, Rich Eustis
Production Design by: Polly Platt
Cinematography by: Donald Peterman
Film Editing by: Dov Hoenig
Costume Design by: James ‘Mike’ Balker, Bill Flores
Set Decoration by: Phil Abramson
Art Direction by: Tracy Bousman
Music by: Maurice Jarre
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: July 16, 1982