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Out of Darkness (1994)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Weldon ...
Virginia Cooper
Mrs. Cooper
Chasiti Hampton ...
Albert Price
Rusty Gray ...
Bartender (as Rusty Schmidt)
Patricia Idlette ...
Barbara Howard ...
Triage Officer
Cathy Raymond ...
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.


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Release Date:

16 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


Kim Donaldson: Don't think I'm gonna expect nothing of you just because you're crazy!
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Featured in The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) See more »

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Ross is the reason to watch
23 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Diana Ross is gripping as a 42-year-old woman just finished with her third year of medical school who is sidelined by a particularly destructive bout of paranoid schizophrenia, a condition she's aware of and has lived with since her mid-20s. The delusions and voices come and go, but when a kindly doctor intervenes with a new drug, Ross has a chance to actually rebuild her life. A sensitive, educational TV-film that strives--and perhaps stresses a might too hard--to teach the viewer something about mental illness (as well as the shame family members feel about the disease, and their eventual acceptance of it). It's a heady acting vehicle for La Ross: she takes on this highly dramatic, unglamorous (and some may say well-trodden) role and gives it bitterness, rage, confusion and, finally, hope. The narrative is engineered to relay the overall goodness of our medical community (which may seem like a stretch to Ross' character, having been hospitalized over 40 times), while the writing is occasionally too flowery. Still, a disturbing and moving effort, with a gem of an ending.

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