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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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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

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

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14 January 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Inocencia interrumpida  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£148,261 (UK) (24 March 2000)

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$28,871,190 (USA) (28 April 2000)
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The quote that Dr. Sonia Wick uses during her first meeting with Susanna Kaysen is from Lucio Anneo Seneca, a Roman Stoic philosopher. See more »

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Susanna often writes quotes from other characters in her journal. In one scene, we see her write the quote "If you lived here you'd be home by now", but this quote is not said by Daisy until later in the movie. See more »

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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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Outstanding performances
10 February 2000 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

The absolute best thing about this film are the knockout performances by it's 2 main stars Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie though both characters (hence performances) are very different they stand out nonetheless. It seems to me to be somewhat easier to play a psychotic than to play a regular neurotic, so who really has the better portrayal of the two?

Brittany Murphy as "Daisy" shines in her scenes. She is a force to reckon with in her future film career.

James Mangold directed this film quite nicely from a very good screenplay; he managed to portray all these young women as young women in turmoil. No melodrama, no over the top sentimentality, just a frank peek into their tumultuous lives.

It is a heavy drama, so be forewarned! And a very moving drama at that.


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