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Manic (2001)

R | | Drama | 23 May 2003 (USA)
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Lyle Jensen is subject to sudden and violent outbursts, and he is committed to the juvenile wing of the Northwood Mental Institution. Several other youths are there with a variety of ... See full summary »


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Lyle Jensen is subject to sudden and violent outbursts, and he is committed to the juvenile wing of the Northwood Mental Institution. Several other youths are there with a variety of serious problems. Lyle interacts with other patients and staff on a human, and sometimes not so human level. The psychological problems of the patients also forms the fabric by which we see what's right with them, and what's wrong with the society that affects them. Written by Scott from Milwaukee, WI, USA

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Rated R for disturbing violent content, strong language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 May 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Manic - Weggesperrt  »

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$7,628 (USA) (25 April 2003)


$69,716 (USA) (13 June 2003)

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Most of the extras in the movie were teenagers that had actually been in hospitals to treat depression. See more »


Chad: I'd rather feel like total shit sometimes, and God the rest of the time, than just like - ok all the time, you know? Fuck mediocrity
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References Braveheart (1995) See more »


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raw drama, digital filmmaking, sundance hit
29 January 2001 | by (new york) – See all my reviews

my favorite drama in the 2001 Sundance festival ,Manic was a frightening look at teenagers out of control and how the world forces them to desparate measures. Set in a juvenile mental institution it tells the story of Lyle ( Joseph Gordon Levitt, in an amazing, breakout dramatic performance) put under lock and key for assaulting another boy with a baseball bat. He rejects the system, it's diagnosis and it's blindness to the real problems he and the other kids are facing. Brutally honest and inspiring (without any schlockly-hokey feel good crap) shot in DV and improv-ed and made with the help of REAL kids in this terrible situation, Manic was an example of what a film festival should support. Also I would be doing a great disservice if I didn't mention the quiet commanding presence of young actor Cody Lightning (only 14 years old!!!!!)See this film!

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