Freak City (1999)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  25 February 2007 (Sweden)
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After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a rebellious young woman is disease-stricken. Upon being admitted to a nursing home, she finds hope in the most unlikely of places...



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Credited cast:
Ruth Ellison
Eleanor Sorrell
Cal Jackson
Lenny Stanapolous
Mrs. Stanapolous
Eve Crawford ...
Nurse Veronica
Janet Lo ...
Nurse Fran
Nurse Jan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nola Augustson ...
Evelyn Lissard
Rodger Barton ...
Tom Lissard
Anne Bellamy ...
Kurt Brunus ...
John Sorrell
Leo Berman
Mary Manmouth


Freak City tells the moving story of a young woman, played by Samantha Mathis, who is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and is institutionalized by her family. Alone and feeling abandoned she struggles to regain her sense of dignity and independence by bonding with a wide assortment of fellow patients. Other residents at the home include Jonathan Silverman as a blind man, Marlee Maitlin, a slightly retarded woman, and singer-actress Natalie Cole as a blues singer injured in an accident and left with severe mental and emotional challenges. Working together they share many funny and sometimes bittersweet moments and celebrate overcoming their challenges as a family brought together by circumstance. Written by Anonymous

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The idea is a bit outdated and hard to imagine
2 November 1999 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Today, people like them would be put in an assisted living situation or some other situation. The idea is always to strive for the most normalized environment-the environment closest to what other people experience everyday---even if they were on SSI or if money was an issue. There are actually few institutions like that left--those that are look very little like that hospital.

The fact that the main character was over 18 makes it even harder to believe because if she did not want to live there then there is no way they could make her stay.

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