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Out of Darkness (1994)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama  -  16 January 1994 (USA)
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A paranoid schizophrenia woman finds the treatment to her mental illness after 18 years.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paulie Cooper
Ann Weldon
Mrs. Cooper
Chasiti Hampton ...
Kim Donaldson
Rusty Gray ...
Bartender (as Rusty Schmidt)
Patricia Idlette ...
Barbara Howard ...
Triage Officer
Cathy Raymond ...
Angelina Fiordellisi ...
Social Worker


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.


Biography | Drama


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16 January 1994 (USA)  »

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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 »


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

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A portrait on how to get back on the track by Diana Ross
7 August 2001 | by (Lisbon, Portugal) – See all my reviews

TV movie "Out of Darkness" allows us to experience the turns on Pauline Cooper's life, an afro-american Medicine student who at the height of her student life is caught by paranoid-schyzophrenia, at the age of 23. Action starts on a usual day of Pauline's life and takes the viewer to a critical phase on the character life. The story also shows us the daily struggle of living with someone who is not the owner of its own will, due to mental illness, and how it can affect an entire family. The movie most inspirational scenes are those of the attempts of Pauline to restart her normal life, after endless hospital treatments and experiences with new drugs to treat the disease. The most important message of the film is a kind of a tribute and a positive inspiration to all those who fight mental problems. Diana Ross put her movie career back on the track after several years without movie appearences (since "The Wiz" in 1978). Miss Ross wisely found this project and produced it trough her ANAID Film Productions as the perfect veycule for a movie comeback. One of the most interesting aspects of the movie is that Ross is not playing a singer (as usual), and does not contributes with songs to the soundtrack, making it a plain acting-ability show, reminding us that being one of the greatest show women alive, requires more than playing singers in trouble. "Out of Darkness" is also an open door to other drama projects by Diana Ross, leaving the viewer with high expectation for more projects starring Diana Ross on the so-called serious matters of life. It is also the evidence that Diana Ross is not the distant diva at all.

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