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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Piazza ...
Margo Ann Berdeshevsky ...
Darlene Craviotto ...
Shark, Baseball Pitcher
Nurse (as Elizabeth Dartmoor)
Robert Viharo ...


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?


Natalie Wood was a close friend of the movie's writer, Gavin Lambert , and was working with Sydney Pollack when she was planning to produce. 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 »


Singing the Greens
Written by Susan Tyrrell and Georg Michalski
Performed by Susan Tyrrell
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an amazing performance pays homage to a book of overwhelming complexity
2 December 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree completely with Dara. I was 20 when I saw it and I would recommend reading the book first, which gives you the background for Deborah's dreamlife. The film can't even begin to show the cruel beauty of her inner world, and (perhaps appropriately) omits any reference to her ethnic and familial demons.

When I think of this movie, I see the look in Kathleen Quinlan's eyes. Her performance is precocious and utterly...amazing, especially for an actress just into her 20's. She seems possessed, wholly inhabited by the character of Deborah, and her scenes with Bibi Andersson are magical. I would credit the director and cinematographer with the wonderful feel of the movie, but Quinlan's portrayal of a young girl marooned in a parallel universe of her mind's own devising is timeless.

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