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Girl, Interrupted -- Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s.
Girl, Interrupted -- Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Susanna Kaysen (book)
James Mangold (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
14 January 2000 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Based on a true story See more »
Plot:
Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 6 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Fine showcase for Ryder See more (379 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Winona Ryder ... Susanna

Angelina Jolie ... Lisa

Clea DuVall ... Georgina (as Clea Duvall)

Brittany Murphy ... Daisy

Elisabeth Moss ... Polly

Jared Leto ... Tobias Jacobs

Jeffrey Tambor ... Dr. Potts

Vanessa Redgrave ... Dr. Wick

Whoopi Goldberg ... Valerie

Angela Bettis ... Janet

Jillian Armenante ... Cynthia
Drucie McDaniel ... M-G
Alison Claire ... Gretta

Christina Myers ... Margie

Joanna Kerns ... Annette

Travis Fine ... John
Gloria Barnhart ... Older Catatonic

Josie Gammell ... Mrs. McWilley

Bruce Altman ... Prof. Gilcrest

Mary Kay Place ... Mrs. Gilcrest

Ray Baker ... Mr. Kaysen

KaDee Strickland ... Bonnie Gilcrest
Christian Monroe ... Ronny

Kurtwood Smith ... Dr. Crumble
David Scott Taylor ... Cabby Monty Hoover
Janet Pryce ... ER Nurse
C. Scott Grimaldi ... ER Resident
Ginny Graham ... Arleen
Richard Domeier ... Art Teacher

John Kirkman ... Jack
Sally Bowman ... Maureen

Misha Collins ... Tony
John Lumia ... Van Driver

Marilyn Brett ... Italian Shop Keeper

Henry Alex Rubin ... Josh (as Alex Rubin)
Marilyn Spanier ... Miss Plimack
Linda Gilvear ... Miss Paisley
Allen Strange ... Principal
Spencer Gates ... British Teacher
Rebecca Derrick ... Lillian
Anne Connors ... Nurse

Steve Altes ... Medic
Joe Gerety ... Cop
Anne Lewis ... Dance Therapist
Donny Martino Jr. ... Naked Man
John Levin ... ER Doctor
Irene Longshore ... Connie
Katie Rimmer ... Tiffany
Jonathan Martin Spirk ... Tough Guy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bobby ... Therapist #2 (uncredited)

Jeannie Dalton ... Rosemary Jones (uncredited)
Steve Grabusky ... Mental Patient (uncredited)
Kenneth Keith Kallenbach ... Van Driver (uncredited)

Annie Marter ... Druggy Chick (uncredited)
Eric Mitchell ... Hippie (uncredited)
Robin Reck ... Theresa McCullian (uncredited)

Directed by
James Mangold 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Susanna Kaysen (book)

James Mangold (screenplay) and
Lisa Loomer (screenplay) and
Anna Hamilton Phelan (screenplay)

Produced by
Carol Bodie .... executive producer
Georgia Kacandes .... co-producer
Susanna Kaysen .... associate producer
Cathy Konrad .... producer
Winona Ryder .... executive producer
Douglas Wick .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mychael Danna 
 
Cinematography by
Jack N. Green (director of photography) (as Jack Green)
 
Film Editing by
Kevin Tent 
 
Casting by
Lisa Beach 
 
Production Design by
Richard Hoover 
 
Art Direction by
Jeff Knipp 
 
Set Decoration by
Maggie Martin 
 
Costume Design by
Arianne Phillips 
 
Makeup Department
Milton Buras .... key hair stylist
Jane Galli .... key makeup artist
Kathrine Gordon .... hair stylist: Ms. Ryder
Linda Grimes .... makeup artist: Whoopi Goldberg
John E. Jackson .... prosthetic makeup application
Cheryl 'Pickles' Kinion .... assistant makeup artist
Diane Maurno .... makeup artist
Emanuel Millar .... hair stylist: Ms. Jolie
Janeen Schreyer .... makeup artist: Ms. Jolie
Carol Schwartz .... makeup supervisor
Gunnar Swanson .... hair stylist
Kathe Swanson .... hair styles supervisor
Whitney Taylor .... makeup artist
Julia L. Walker .... hair stylist: Ms. Goldberg (as Julia Walker)
Matthew W. Mungle .... prosthetic makeup designer (uncredited)
Clinton Wayne .... prosthetic technician (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Georgia Kacandes .... unit production manager
Susan McNamara .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dieter 'Dietman' Busch .... second assistant director (as Dieter Busch)
Cas Donovan .... first assistant director
Kristen Ploucha .... second second assistant director
Henry Alex Rubin .... second unit director (as Alex Rubin)
 
Art Department
Krzysztof J. Bratun .... scenic artist
Monica Castro .... assistant property master (as Monica Ragan)
Harry Conrad Chitwood .... construction coordinator (as Conrad Chitwood)
David B. Clark .... paint foreman
Josh Ian Elliott .... on-set dresser
Hank Giardina .... paint supervisor
Jon E. Graf .... construction gang boss
John Paul 'J.P.' Jones .... property master
Ann Knight .... assistant set decorator
David C. Potter .... lead man (as David Potter)
Mary Saisselin .... set designer
Stephen Siersema .... scenic artist
Patrick M. Sullivan Jr. .... set designer
Andrea Swistak .... prop assistant
Christine Sysko .... draper
Mimi Wyeth .... art department coordinator
Jonathan A. Davidson .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sharon Potts .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
George H. Anderson .... sound effects editor (as George Anderson)
Michael J. Benavente .... dialogue editor (as Michael Benavente)
Bill W. Benton .... re-recording mixer
Michael J. Broomberg .... foley artist (as Michael Broomberg)
Fred Burke .... foley editor
Ali Derakhshan .... assistant sound editor
David Diamond .... boom operator
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer
Richard Duarte .... foley mixer
Howell Gibbens .... supervising sound editor
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... re-recording mixer
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Hanson Hsu .... stage engineer
Elizabeth Kenton .... supervising adr editor
James Morioka .... assistant sound editor
Greg Robertson .... assistant re-recording engineer
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Jim Stuebe .... production sound mixer
F. Scott Taylor .... assistant sound editor
Hugo Weng .... dialogue editor
Gary Wright .... foley editor
 
Special Effects by
Ron Bolanowski .... special effects
Jeffrey Cox .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Ralph Maiers .... visual effects supervisor
Christopher Grandel .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bob Colletti .... stunts
Jennifer Lamb .... stunt coordinator
Kym Washington .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Coe .... first assistant camera
Jason Cortazzo .... company grip
Jan Gould .... best boy grip
Jan Gould .... second grip
Ryan Green .... second assistant camera
Harold Groshon .... electrician (as Hal Groshon)
Douglas C. Hart .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Michael Kleiman .... additional second assistant camera
Craig Ligget .... rigging electrician
Steven Litecky .... rigging electrician
David Luckenbach .... Steadicam operator
David Luckenbach .... camera operator
Bobby McMahan .... second assistant camera
Michael K. O'Melia .... assistant chief lighting technician
William O'Melia .... electrician
Charles Saldana .... key grip
Leon Sanginiti .... second assistant camera
Suzanne Tenner .... still photographer
Paul Varrieur .... camera operator: "b" camera
H. Mark Vuille .... gaffer
Charles W. Wayt .... dolly grip
James D. Wickman .... dolly grip
Frank Yario Jr. .... 24 frame video operator
 
Casting Department
Sharon Hillegas .... extras casting
Sarah Katzman .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wendy M. Craig .... costumer (as Wendy Craig)
Lorraine Crossman .... costumer
Linda Matthews .... wardrobe supervisor
Natasha Paczkowski .... tailor
Trish Summerville .... assistant costume designer
Rory Valentine .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Tom Dailey .... first assistant editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Dennis McNeill .... color timer (as Denny McNeill)
Holly Sachi .... second assistant editor
Tom Scully .... second assistant editor
Lee Michael Searles .... print editor
Mark C. Pituch .... dailies colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Monica Ciafardini .... music clearances
Nicholas Dodd .... conductor
Nicholas Dodd .... orchestrator
Brad Haehnel .... music mixer
Brad Haehnel .... scoring engineer
Paul Intson .... musician
Andrew Lockington .... assistant to composer
Thomas Milano .... music editor
Ron Searles .... scoring engineer
 
Transportation Department
Bob Foster .... transportation captain
Robert Lee Mitchell .... transportation co-captain
John H. Stephens .... driver
Dana Swartout .... driver
 
Other crew
Sheila Allen .... production accountant
Sibi Blazic .... assistant: Ms. Ryder
Barbara Branch .... second assistant accountant
Ursula Brauner .... animal trainer
Damon E. Burke .... production assistant
Joe Everett .... unit publicist
Ben Everhart .... production assistant
Mike Fantasia .... location manager
April H. Grantham .... craft service
Reva Grantham .... craft service
Michelle Iwamoto .... animal trainer
Alan Jacques .... projectionist
Julie Levine .... assistant accountant
Annie Marter .... production assistant
Donny Martino Jr. .... location assistant
Brad Minnich .... assistant to producer
Andrea Mitchell .... production assistant
Boone Narr .... animal supplier
Kelly O'Bier .... production secretary
Danny Pellegrine .... assistant: Ms. Konrad
Ronit Ravich-Boss .... script supervisor
Jeremy Roberts .... payroll accountant
Tyler Romary .... production assistant
Nancy Safran .... assistant: Mr. Wick
Lisa G. Shillingburg .... first assistant accountant
Lori A. Spall .... production coordinator
Lance Stockton .... assistant: Mr. Mangold
John Burton West .... assistant production coordinator
Mimi Wyeth .... assistant accountant
Elaine Charles .... Pennsylvania Film Office (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"17-Year Old Girl's Medical Chat" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong language and content relating to drugs, sexuality and suicide
Runtime:
127 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Brazil:14 | Canada:16+ (Québec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-14 | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:14 | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Malaysia:18PL | Malaysia:U (cut version) | Mexico:B | New Zealand:M | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG (cut) | Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #36459)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This is one of many roles in which Winona Ryder's character writes in a diary.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Susanna is talking to an employee at her high school about her plans for college and her career, she says she's not going to burn her bra, drop acid, or march on Washington. The bra burning story was published in 1968, not 1967 when Susanna was in high school.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Is this movie based on a book?
What did Susanna Kaysen think of the movie?
Will this movie ever come out on blu ray?
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76 out of 93 people found the following review useful.
Fine showcase for Ryder, 17 January 2000
Author: Sean Gallagher (seankgallagher@yahoo.com) from Brooklyn, NY

It's always tough in today's goal-obsessed society to be someone who isn't quite sure what they want, but woman and minorities especially have it tough, because they seem to be automatically assigned "roles" for them(if you're a woman, even today, people still ask you when you're going to get married; if you're black and look big, people ask if you're an athlete). In the 60's, author Susanna Kaysen was in a similar position; she didn't know what she wanted to do with her life, but knew she didn't quite fit into the norm. Because of that, and because of some legitimate problems(she tried to kill herself by swallowing a bottle of aspirin), she went into a mental hospital and was tagged with having "borderline personality disorder," a catch-all phrase which meant whatever the doctors wanted it to mean. From her experiences in the hospital, Kaysen wrote the book GIRL, INTERRUPTED(the title comes from a Vermeer painting), and now comes the movie version from James Mangold and Winona Ryder.

Mangold's first two films, HEAVY and COPLAND, were both about main characters leading lives of quiet desperation; the pizza chef in HEAVY unable to express himself, and the partly sheriff in COPLAND who must learn to assume his responsibility with that position. Susanna fits in with those two characters, and Mangold does just as good a job with her, except for some melodramatic scenes near the end. There are some major themes going on here, like whether Susanna is really crazy, just spoiled, or conditioned to think something is wrong with her, the nature of what "crazy" is in the 60's, and of course being a woman at the time, but Mangold avoids making big statements for the most part, instead concentrating on Susanna's growth into being a little more sure of herself.

As has been said before, Ryder brings a lot to the table, not just being a talented actress, but life research, having spent time in a hospital due to exhaustion(this is why she pulled out of GODFATHER PART III as well). And instead of going for obvious drama, she too just makes Susanna's recovery a gradual and detailed journey, except for those melodramatic scenes. The first third, which seems to be influence by SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE, flashes back and forth through time, as if showing Susanna feeling lost and fragmented. The rest of the movie is more linear, but Ryder doesn't make it boring.

Some people have dismissed this as a chick ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, which is the usual knee-jerk response whenever a mostly female cast tackles what is normally done with a mostly male cast. In truth, they're very different movies, primarily because in CUCKOO, we're meant to see the hospital staff, represented by Nurse Ratched, as evil, trying to break down the patients rather than build them up. Here, on the other hand, while we're meant to see the system's shortcomings(in addition to what I said before, the different meanings of "promiscuous" when applied to men and women), the hospital staff is generally seen as trying to do the best they can. The patients may make fun of the doctors(well-played by Jeffrey Tambor and Vanessa Redgrave) and occasionally challenge the nurses(head nurse Whoopi Goldberg gives her best performance in a long time), but there's no real hatred here, except maybe from Lisa.

Angelina Jolie certainly has a flashy role with Lisa, the resident sociopath, but makes her seem real, until the movie betrays her at the end. When she's pushing people's buttons, she's actually quite sly about it, which is a lot more multi-dimensional than some have made it out to be. The rest of the cast playing patients is also good(it was a little heartbreaking seeing Elisabeth Moss playing a burn victim, especially when they show a picture of her as a young girl, where she looks like she did in IMAGINARY CRIMES). But it's Ryder who is the main reason for seeing this fine movie.

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