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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 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 »

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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 »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Beginning of the End (1993) See more »

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Singing the Greens
Written by Susan Tyrrell and Georg Michalski
Performed by Susan Tyrrell
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Pretty good film, although not that pleasant to watch
28 February 2006 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

Pretty good film, although not that pleasant to watch. This was done the year after "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" swept the major Oscars, so it might have been an attempt to cash in. Kathleen Quinlan was outstanding, though she was so young, I might not have recognized her if I hadn't known. She played the mentally disturbed extremely well, largely by not over-doing it, passing on the chance to chew the scenery. The story is about a young girl (16 or so) committed to a mental hospital in what looks like the 1950's. Bibi Anderssen as the psychiatrist seemed to be a follower of Freud, who has since been discredited. A previous commenter said that "Deborah" would not likely be considered schizophrenic today. I have not read the book that this was based on, but the movie portrays Deborah as profoundly mentally ill. Seems schizo to me.


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