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The Sleep Room (1998)

 |  Drama  |  31 March 1998 (Canada)
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Based on a true story, this production relates the tale of two American lawyers who try to bring the U.S. government to its knees. In the early 1950s, the CIA funds a Montreal psychiatric ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leon Pownall ...
Dr. Ewen Cameron
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Nathalie Belding
Nicola Cavendish ...
Ruth Farmer
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Nurse Stephens
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Dandain
France Castel ...
Flo Langelben
Diego Matamoros ...
Dr. Goldman
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Dr. Burns
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Sal Rothenberg
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Joseph Rauh
Marina Orsini ...
Jane Conroy
Frank Moore ...
Mr. Krantz
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Lucas
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Judge Locke
Daniel Kash ...
Aaron Rothenberg
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Based on a true story, this production relates the tale of two American lawyers who try to bring the U.S. government to its knees. In the early 1950s, the CIA funds a Montreal psychiatric hospital to do some research on mind control. Thirty-some years later, the patients want justice... Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Le pavillon de l'oubli  »

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Nurse Stephens: You are a great doctor.
Dr. Ewen Cameron: I am a great pencil-pusher, that's what I am: a glorified nanny.
Nurse Stephens: That is not true. You opened the door. You let the light in. You treat your patients as if they were human beings. You have created the best mental hospital in North America. What more do you want?
Dr. Ewen Cameron: Well, I want to cure somebody.
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Better than I expected true story shocker
12 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I bought this DVD during the blitz sales when Tower Records was going out of business. It looked interesting enough to buy for $5.00, but now that I have watched it, I would have been just as happy paying full price.

The performances were mostly above par, with a few exceptionally believable characters. The production was excellent, as was the directing. What makes this film stand out is being based on a true story of yet another infamous CIA excursion into ruining people's lives. What I was shocked to find out about was how the Canadian government fit into it all as well. The MK- Ultra tests are now infamous, even if primarily to conspiracy theorists. However, this particular test was one that they admitted, and theoretically apologized for.

The film is a bit long, but captivating, at just around 3 hours. The story begins with the patients at a mental hospital with a doctor trying to cope with his own ego and feelings of inadequacies. When he realizes the usefulness of psychotropic drugs and other invasive techniques, he believes he is helping mankind, while unwittingly (at the start) helping the CIA perfect torture techniques while using unwitting human test subjects. Later, after the film establishes the horrors and introduces you to the characters, it switches to the attorneys who take on the CIA in a court case to get admission to fault, and compensation to the remaining victims. A sad story by the end, but one that will last in your mind. Exceptional.


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