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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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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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29 October 1977 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Nunca te prometí un jardín de rosas  »

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Natalie Wood had planned to produce as well as star (in the role of Deborah which was eventually played by Kathleen Quinlan) in this film, but those plans never materialized. See more »

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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Will & Grace: I Never Promised You an Olive Garden (1999) See more »

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Singing the Greens
Written by Susan Tyrrell and Georg Michalski
Performed by Susan Tyrrell
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Interesting for the cast...
4 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is a film which came too late.Anybody who sees it is going to compare it to Anatole Litvak's "the snake pit" (1948).But that was then and this is now and the evolution is barely discernible.If "snake pit" was (unfairly) dismissed as obsolete,what can we say of a movie which was produced thirty years later and (roughly) depicts the same milieu? The most interesting thing in that average-to-good foray into psychiatry is its cast.Bergmanian Bibi Anderson is ideally cast as the shrink who tells the disappointed heroine "I've never promised you a rose garden".But there are also former glories such as Signe Hasso and Sylvia Sydney and future stars (Dennis Quaid).


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