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Girl, Interrupted (1999)

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

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Biography | Drama

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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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

"Que Sera Sera (What Will Be Will Be)" is not a new song to Winona Ryder. It was featured in both this film and Heathers. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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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Features The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Bookends
Written by Paul Simon
Performed by Simon & Garfunkel (as Simon and Garfunkel)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A masterpiece in movie history!
3 August 2002 | by (Fulda, Germany) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie from on the first day I saw it. This story is so unique in its way showing the problems many people have to face when being young. The best thing about this movie is, that it's based upon the experience of the real Susanna Kaysen, which means that the story is not only real but also natural and not "brightened up" for entertainment. It shows reality as it is! The actors do a really great job and among other acting personalities we can find Whoopie Goldberg, Winona Ryder and Jared Leto which seem just perfect for the roles they embody. The story, which seems to me loving and cruel at the same time, is pictured by a wonderful musical score and great songs more or less known from those hard days known as the 60's. This movie is a MUST for everyone who is seeking for a deep, thoughtful and emotional film as well as great actors!


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