A paranoid schizophrenic woman finds treatment to her mental illness after 18 years of suffering.

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Paulie Cooper
Ann Weldon ...
Virginia Cooper
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Zoe
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Mrs. Cooper
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Addison
Chasiti Hampton ...
Ashley
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Albert Price
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Inez
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Meg
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Kim Donaldson
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Leola
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This is story of Paulie Cooper, a former med student who becomes ill with paranoid schizophrenia and loses 18 years of her life due to the sickness. After her release from a mental ward Paulie struggles to rebuild her life with help from doctors, nurses and a new experimental medicine drug that would help aid her back to health. She spends the rest of her life re-adjusting to life outside of the institution and to a world that had misunderstood and shunned her. Written by mahajanssen

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She struggled with mental illness for a big part of her life. Now, she has to find her way back to the years she lost.

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16 January 1994 (USA)  »

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Der lange Weg aus der Nacht  »

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In an attempt to improvise the "walk" of a homeless indigent, Diana Ross discreetly placed an orange between her skirted thighs and proceeded to hobble along on cue. The effort required to keep the concealed orange in place without using her hands, effected a gait so uncanny that Ross's director, Larry Elikann, later quizzed her about how she walked the "walk." According to Ross, herself, as related to the audience on Inside the Actors Studio (1994) (19 February 2006), she never did disclose the simplicity of her little ruse. See more »

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Paulie Cooper: Well, it feels like being in a dream... and it feels like a really important dream. But it's not a dream, because you're not asleep. And because you're not asleep you can't wake up.
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Featured in The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) See more »

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a true Tour de force by Miss Ross
28 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Diana Ross truly reigns Supreme in this made for '94 TV movie about a 43 yr. old former doctor battling Paranoid Schizophrenia. This is one of those memorable "TV Movies" that is actually too good for TV. Gone are the typical TV movie clichés', obvious character developing scenes, and silly subplots. Portraying a paranoid schizophrenic convincingly when you are one of the most famous and glamorous entertainers on the planet must not be an easy task, but from the very first scene Miss Ross pulls it off. This is a heart breaking story of a former doctor who struggles with the illness for 20 years. After countless bouts with hospitals, mental institutions, shock therapy, and treatment centers a new experimental drug finally offers hope. The story examines how the disease really effects an entire family and the supporting cast is superb as well. Ross was nominated for and Emmy for her performance and won many others.


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