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Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase (1990)

A woman who suffers from multiple personality disorder is found during therapy to have suffered child abuse in this fact-based story.

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Truddi Chase
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Doctor 'Stanley' Phillips
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Truddi at 8
Jon Beshara ...
Police
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Kelly Brookman ...
Page at 8
Irina Cashen ...
Truddi at 6
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Colin
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Peter Morgan
Manuel DePina ...
Barkeep
Brendan Dillon ...
Shannon
Dale Dunham ...
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The story of a woman with multiple personalities. Her abused childhood fragmented her psyche into her "army" of 22 separate personalities. By the time her therapy has finished it is revealed that 70 more are within her struggling to break free. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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20 May 1990 (USA)  »

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La femme blessée  »

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While fighting with Truddi, Norman threatens to fly to Scotland to "dig up Robert Lewis Stevenson." But Robert Lewis Stevenson died and was buried in Samoa. See more »

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Truddi Chase: [an unnamed identity referring to Trudi] She's gone, Stanley. She's gone.
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In all fairness, the subject is not easily portrayed
6 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

on a TV screen. While this film is not a masterpiece, it at least exposes the audience to Chase's condition, and having read her book "When Rabbit Howls, the Troops for Truddi Chase", the real material was probably edited and censored from the beginning. The real story was horrific; child sexual abuse which could never be translated and diluted for TV.

While MPD is controversial and rare, the book certainly made a plausible argument for Chase's diagnosis. Another reviewer mentioned Kenneth Bianchi ("The Hillside Strangler") Let us be reminded that Ms. Chase was a patient, not a serial killer, in danger of harming herself, NOT society. This is the problem with stories of this nature, the public cannot comprehend, lumps it as sensationalistic, and dismisses it entirely.

Basically, if you found the film too unbelievable, read the book. You will learn this was Chase's diagnosis, she survived a horrible ordeal, and the film does show the audience her tactics for survival. Her story is an admirable one, and you may also want to watch "Little Girl Fly Away" with Mare Winngham, or "Sybil" for comparable stories. Although the film may not be scientifically accurate, it at least provides a partial documentary for the otherwise unaware audience. 8/10


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