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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)

A disturbed,institutionalized 16-year-old girl struggles between fantasy and reality.



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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Shark, Baseball Pitcher
Nurse (as Elizabeth Dartmoor)
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Based very loosely on the intricate novel by Joanne Greenberg. A young woman's devotion to a childhood fantasy kingdom has taken over her entire life and causes her endless pain and degradation. Placed in a mental hospital, she has the great good fortune to have a truly caring therapist who tries to help her accept reality, even though reality isn't so great either. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@bluemarble.net>

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Release Date:

29 October 1977 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Nunca te prometí un jardín de rosas  »

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Did You Know?


Though mentioned as part of the cast in the end credits of the film, Barbara Steele's scenes never reached the final cut. See more »


In the New Year's party scene, Deborah is seen with loose hair talking to Dr. Fried and then there is close-up of Deborah with her hair pulled back from her forehead. See more »


Referenced in Maps to the Stars (2014) See more »


Singing the Greens
Written by Susan Tyrrell and Georg Michalski
Performed by Susan Tyrrell
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Read the book
14 January 2012 | by (Somewhere on Earth) – See all my reviews

If you've already read the book this film is a disappointment. If you haven't read it you are better off skipping the film and getting the book. The film removes too much of the book and basically makes little sense.

The film implies that Deborah's urethral cancer caused her schizophrenia. Which does a disservice to both the book and to the understanding of schizophrenia. Her other world is quite boring in the film and much richer in the book.

The cast is a good one which is why it warrants stars at all. And they do a good job at acting with what they had to work with.

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