A paranoid schizophrenia woman finds the treatment to her mental illness after 18 years.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday.

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor
Double Platinum (TV Movie 1999)
Musical | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young singer is reunited with the mother who left her when she was a child.

Director: Robert Allan Ackerman
Stars: Diana Ross, Brandy Norwood, Christine Ebersole
Mahogany (1975)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Tracy, an aspiring designer from the slums of Chicago puts herself through fashion school in the hopes of becoming one of the world's top designers. Her ambition leads her to Rome spurring ... See full summary »

Directors: Berry Gordy, Tony Richardson, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Perkins
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Out of Darkness is a full length three-part documentary examining the untold history of African people and the African cultural contribution to the nations of the world.

Director: Amadeuz Christ
Stars: Umar Johnson, Sabir Bey, Claud Anderson
Mercy (1995)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A couple of people steal the daughter of a famous lawyer. Now they want money to give her back, but it's not just the money they want. They want revenge.

Director: Richard Shepard
Stars: John Rubinstein, Amber Kain, Sam Rockwell
Out of Darkness I (2013)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Director: Manjinder Virk
Stars: Riz Ahmed, Asheq Akhtar, Jimmy Akingbola
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The true story of Gwen Araujo, a young trans woman who was brutally murdered by four men in 2002.

Director: Agnieszka Holland
Stars: Mercedes Ruehl, JD Pardo, Lupe Ontiveros
Fly by Night (1992)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Rich is a naive wanna be rapper who gets the opportunity of a life-time when he get the chance to join I in his rap-group, the only problem is that I is a hardcore rapper who lives the words of his raps while he merely is out to entertain.

Director: Steve Gomer
Stars: Jeffrey D. Sams, Ron Brice, David Adami
The Temp (1993)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A cookie company takeover has employees scrambling to make a case for continued employment. An executive's administrative assistant takes paternity leave, and he gets a temp who is too good... See full summary »

Director: Tom Holland
Stars: Timothy Hutton, Lara Flynn Boyle, Dwight Schultz
Oxygen (1999)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A masochistic cop, who hides her predilection from her cop husband, gets involved in pursuing a kidnapper nicknamed Harry for Harry Houdini, who has kidnapped a rich woman and has buried ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Shepard
Stars: Maura Tierney, Adrien Brody, James Naughton
Parallel Lives (TV Movie 1994)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Fraternity is having a nostalgic weekend reunion decades after their graduation. The girls they went to college with join them. Old flames are rekindled and lives reexamined but reality strikes when one of them is tragically murdered.

Director: Linda Yellen
Stars: James Belushi, Liza Minnelli, Michael S. O'Rourke
Chantilly Lace (TV Movie 1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Linda Yellen
Stars: Martha Plimpton, Ally Sheedy, Lindsay Crouse
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Paulie Cooper
Ann Weldon ...
Virginia Cooper
...
Zoe
...
Mrs. Cooper
...
Addison
Chasiti Hampton ...
Ashley
...
Albert Price
...
Inez
...
Meg
...
Kim Donaldson
Rusty Gray ...
Bartender (as Rusty Schmidt)
Patricia Idlette ...
Policewoman
Barbara Howard ...
Triage Officer
Cathy Raymond ...
Leola
...
Social Worker
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der lange Weg aus der Nacht  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Paulie Cooper: [Reading to a group of children] Hubert was a very mixed-up caterpillar. He thought he was a moustache. Of course it's plain to see why. When Hubert was at a party, he was always left alone. Because, when he was introduced as Herbert the caterpillar, he would reply, proudly:I'm not a caterpillar, I'm a moustache.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
the real deal
10 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I didn't realize I was watching Diana Ross when I saw this. She is very good.

The movie does an extraordinary job of conveying what psychosis is like. Been there, done that. What's even better is that it shows, in realistic ways, what it is like to cope with psychosis.

Too many films romanticize psychosis - madness is enticing if horrifying, a voyeuristic thrill for the presumably sane. In this film, it is humanized. Paulie struggles to "ride it out", to have a plan to cope, to cope, and to go beyond coping to living a full life, while managing her own condition. Tremendously empowering.

This film lacks syrup, and while it is dramatic it is not generally melodramatic. Paulie's work to trust others so that she can heal, to rebuild relationships with her family as she does, to face the real, irreparable changes that 18 years of poorly controlled schizophrenia have had on her child, her family & herself is so well portrayed that it merits a run-on sentence.

9 stars.


10 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Out Of Darkness (1994) MITTENZ73
Discuss Out of Darkness (1994) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?