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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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Tiffany Ballenger ...
Truddi at 8
Jon Beshara ...
Police
Val Bettin ...
Playwright
Kelly Brookman ...
Page at 8
Irina Cashen ...
Truddi at 6
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Colin
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Operator
Frank Converse ...
Peter Morgan
Manuel DePina ...
Barkeep
Brendan Dillon ...
Shannon
Dale Dunham ...
Manager
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Stewardess
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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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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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"Can you tell just by looking at me that I'm loony?"
16 August 2015 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

TV-made adaptation of the autobiography "When Rabbit Howls: by the Troops for Truddi Chase", chronicling Chase's diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder. A commercial artist who married her boss and had one daughter, Chase was haunted by the sexual and psychological abuse afflicted on her as a child by her stepfather, and the different personalities she manifested--her "troops"--began interrupting her life so frequently that it ruined her marriage and drove Chase to a therapist. Overextended, lumpy drama preconceived as an acting tour-de-force for its leading lady, however Shelley Long is too calculating as an actress to be convincing as a woman with a serious, frightening mental disorder (and it's her performance that has to carry this project a long way). Too often, Long just seems snippy or smug--in a rotten mood--talking in different rhythms with different accents. Tom Conti is a welcome addition in the film's second half as Truddi's doctor, but the other supporting performances are variable. Lamont Johnson's direction is equally uncertain; he mounts the past-and-present proceedings well enough, but allows scenes such as the young Truddi being chased around her farm by her leering stepfather to go on forever (he also gets docked a star for a quite unnecessary baby photo slide-show). Interesting subject matter has been explored far more successfully before, yet there is a certain amount of fascination with a topic like this, if one is able to find the heart of the piece amongst the false histrionics.


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