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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 »
Genre:
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 7 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Great Movie! See more (376 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:
Angelina Jolie avoided any communication with Winona Ryder when making this movie claiming that if she saw anything human about Winona Ryder, she wouldn't have been able to act out the sociopath character of Lisa Rowe as effectively.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene where Toby visits Susanna at Claymoore, Valerie escorts him to the television room. Toby and Susanna talk briefly, with Janet observing them nearby in the background, on the left. When both Toby and Susanna exit the room, Janet suddenly appears on the right side.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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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

What did Susanna Kaysen think of the movie?
Will this movie ever come out on blu ray?
Is this movie based on a book?
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86 out of 102 people found the following review useful.
Great Movie!, 25 January 2000
Author: gabi from Los Angeles, CA

The most striking and yet most frustrating part of `Girl, Interrupted' is that everybody that's been 19 years old can relate to Susanna, the main character. Based on her memoir, the film portrays Susanna Kaysen's short stay in a famous mental hospital, supposedly to cure her `borderline personality disorder.' Set in the late 1960's, Winona Ryder effectively portrays Kaysen.

In a tradition reminiscent of Holden Caulfield, the audience knows there is nothing actually wrong with Kaysen, except that she is a typical teenager, and refuses to conform to the life her parents want for her. However, after spending some time with her ward mates and numerous doctors, she starts to believe that she is insane, but can't understand why or what exactly is wrong with her. At one point, she asks a sympathetic nurse (played by Whoopi Goldberg) how she is expected to be cured if she doesn't even understand her illness. Throughout the film, writer James Mangold's exploration of Kaysen's changing emotions and attempts to understand her `illness' is captivating.

However, even more fascinating than Kaysen herself were the supporting characters. Perhaps the most striking of these characters though, is Lisa, played by Angelina Jolie. Jolie completely immerses herself in the role, and gives a moving, intriguing and haunting performance as Susanna's best friend at the hospital. Although Ryder does an excellent job portraying the earnestness and confusion of her character, Jolie is the true star of this movie.

Adapted from Kaysen's memoir, the film works well to bring Kaysen's' words to life. The parts that were altered for the screenplay made sense, allowing the story to translate well to the screen. Additionally, the length of the film allowed for more depth and details to be explored, which sometimes left out of Kaysen's short novel. Thus, the film helped add onto and bring more understanding to characters which were introduced in the novel.

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