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Girl, Interrupted (1999)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  14 January 2000 (USA)
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Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Georgina (as Clea Duvall)
Drucie McDaniel ...
Alison Claire ...


Susanna is rushed to the hospital. Afterwards she discusses this with a psychiatrist. She had been having some delusions. She had also been having an affair with the husband of her parents' friend. The doctor suggests that combining a bottle of aspirin and a bottle of vodka was a suicide attempt. This she denies. He recommends a short period of rest at Claymoore. Claymoore is a private mental hospital full of noisy, crazy people. Georgina is a pathological liar. Polly has been badly scarred by fire. Daisy won't eat in the presence of other people. Lisa is a sociopath, the biggest exasperation for the staff - like Nurse Valerie - and the biggest influence on the other girls in the hospital. Lisa has a history of escapes, so gaining access to personal medical files is not a problem... Susanna's boyfriend Toby is concerned that she seems too comfortable living with her institutionalized friends... Written by David Woodfield

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The crazy thing is, you're not crazy. See more »


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and content relating to drugs, sexuality and suicide | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 January 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Inocencia interrumpida  »

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Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$95,399 (USA) (24 December 1999)


$28,871,190 (USA) (28 April 2000)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| (8 channels)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Henry Alex Rubin:  The guy who first starts dancing with Susanna Kaysen at the post-graduation party. See more »


In the taxi when Susanna first goes to Claymoore, she lights a cigarette. Then she jumps into a flashback. When the flashback is over, she lights a cigarette again. There is no sign of the cigarette before the flashback. Given how long the real-time might have taken during the flashback, it's entirely likely that she finished the first, got rid of it, and lit a second. See more »


[first lines]
Susanna: [narrating] Have you ever confused a dream with life? Or stolen something when you have the cash? Have you ever been blue? Or thought your train moving while sitting still? Maybe I was just crazy. Maybe it was the 60s. Or maybe I was just a girl... interrupted.
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Time Has Come Today
Written by Willie Chambers and Joseph Chambers
Performed by The Chambers Brothers
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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User Reviews

jaundiced beauty, and vaccine of the soul
16 January 2000 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

How good is Angelina Jolie in this film? It is a testament to this young actor's presence that even as dark and soul sickened and gloriously decaying as her character is, there is not a frame in this film that doesn't feel her infection.

Winona Rider is equally excellent as the psychologically confused (or is it enlightened?) hero forced to navigate the depths of her own psyche. The interplay between these two is somehow able to range from the enchanting to the exquisitely painful; but from beginning to end remains capable of leaving you breathless.

Presented with the softly rendered and absorbing visualization of a young girl's decent into psychological insecurity; it is a hauntingly supple progression toward the half understood disturbance of what we might have experienced. If you've ever questioned your own sanity or escaped periods of exceptional melancholy in your life, this film is certain to trigger old fears. But it is also certain to remind you how exquisite and simple salvation can often be.

Refreshingly unlike any of the myriad of fine 'expose' films detailing the darker side of madness (see Roman Polanski's 'Repulsion') or even those with a more poli-social agenda (see Milos Foreman's 'One Flew Over the Cookoo's nest'); 'Girl, Interrupted' achieves a very rare victory in modern film. It conjures enough unnerving insight to bring us scintilatingly close to its most macabre moments; while sewing atop this a spiritual safety net. One capable of the mental restoration that must bring us back to the security of our well cushioned theatre seat. All movement in between remains internal; a lingering memory of personal identification and cathartic resolution.

One look into Angelina Jolie's eyes and you will see the warm, jaundiced decay of a soul no longer battling with sanity. Fear is born of those eyes when you realize how strongly they've tempted your own tired efforts...even as the second look delves closer to a bleakness bearing fruition beyond existential suicide. This film deserves that second look, as well as its painful salvation: a jaundiced beauty whose tragic death is no less healing than the memory of a lost friend.

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