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Asylum (2005)

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A woman becomes very curious about one of her psychiatrist husband's inmates, a man who was found guilty in the murder and disfigurement of his former wife.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gus Lewis ...
Jack Straffen
Bridie Straffen
Sarah Thurstan ...
Mrs. Rose
Alwyne Taylor ...
Claudia Greene
Anna Keaveney ...
Mrs. Bain
Robert Willox ...
John Archer
Brenda Raphael


In the 50's, the psychiatrist Max Raphael is hired to work as superintendent of an asylum in the outskirts of London, and he moves with his wife Stella Raphael and their son Charlie. Stella has a passionless marriage and is ignored by Max; her boredom changes when her son befriends the handsome inmate Edgar Stark, an sculptor that in a crisis of jealousy had killed and disfigured his wife, and that is treated by Dr. Peter Cleave, an ambitious psychiatrist that aspired Max's position. During the afternoons, Stella has a hot adulterous affair with Edgar until the day he escapes and their affair is discovered. Stella has to take a decision between her family and her wild passion for Edgar. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Passion knows no boundaries. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, some violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 September 2005 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Casa da Loucura  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,272, 14 August 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$374,903, 13 November 2005
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filming at the former mental hospital wrapped in the early Autumn - not before a few of us supporting artistes lent a hand in spraying some of the garden foliage green for the movie's Summer setting. See more »


The story is set in the Summer of 1959. The Mk II Jaguar, as used by Raphael, was only introduced for the London Show in October of that year. (Please see 'Trivia' item, also). See more »


Max Raphael: I want you to understand what's going to happen next. The shock will wear off, and it will be replaced by a devastating grief. In time, you will come to terms with what you have done and you'll just be very, very sad. And that sadness will stay with you for the rest of your life.
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References Vertigo (1958) See more »


Ten Green Bottles
Performed by School Children
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Movie well worth seeing!
4 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I just saw Asylum last night (it is not actually out yet) and I really enjoyed it. The performances were excellent; as were the settings, the drama and the dialogue. It's complex, unpredictable, intense, beautiful and Gothic. I loved the erotic scenes the most, but the whole movie was brilliant visually and dramatically. There is only one real complaint I have with the movie. At the end of the movie Ian's character does something and I cannot figure out what motivated the character to do this. I personally think the character should not have and would not have done this. The only reason I can see the character doing what he did was for dramatic effect on the audience. Of course, I have not read the book and if I did, this may well shed light on this act. Either way, go see the movie whenever it does come out!

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