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Gothika (2003)

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A repressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Parsons
Teddy Howard
Bronwen Mantel ...
Rachel Parsons
Michel Perron ...
Glass Cell Nurse
Laura Mitchell ...


Dr. Miranda Grey is a psychiatrist who works in a penitentiary, in the mental institution sector. She is married with Dr. Douglas Grey, the chief of department where Dr. Pete Graham also works. Chloe Sava, a patient of Dr. Miranda formerly abused by her stepfather, claims that she is frequently raped by the devil in her cell. After leaving the asylum in a stormy night, Dr. Miranda has a car accident, and when she wakes up, she is an inmate of the institution, being accused of an horrible crime and having no memory of the incident. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Dr. Miranda Grey Is An Expert At Knowing What Is Rational, What Is Logical, What Is Sane... Until The Day She Woke Up On The Other Side. See more »


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Rated R for violence, brief language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gotika  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,288,438 (USA) (21 November 2003)


$4,220,276 (Australia) (28 May 2004)

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The scene in the pool was not scripted but was added as a suspense sequence by the director. See more »


The cuts on Miranda's arm that spell "NOT ALONE" change starting positions throughout the movie. "NOT" starts at the elbow, then the wrist, then back to the elbow. See more »


[first lines]
Chloe: He came back again last night and tore me like paper. He opened me like a flower of pain, and it felt good. He sank into me and set me on fire, like he always does. Made me burn from the inside out.
Miranda: How did you know it was the devil?
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Referenced in Mag-ingat ka sa... Kulam (2008) See more »


Behind Blue Eyes
Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by Limp Bizkit
Courtesy of Flip/Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Riveting Psychological Thriller!
3 May 2004 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Gothika" proves that Halle Berry is more than just another pretty face. Her talent is equal to her drop dead good looks. Berry plays psychiatrist Dr. Miranda Grey who is content in her work at an asylum and happily married to her boss Dr. Douglas Grey (Charles S. Dutton). A colleague Dr. Pete Graham (Robert Downey Jr.) also has eyes for the comely doctor.

One night Miranda's world is turned upside down. As she is driving home from work in a rainstorm, she is suddenly confronted by a young girl (Kathleen Mackey) standing in the middle of the road. Miranda's car goes off the road but she manages to return to the young girl. The next thing we see is Miranda waking up in the asylum as a patient and not knowing why she is there. She is told that she is suspected of murdering her husband but can remember nothing.

Dazed and confused and unsure of who to trust, she begins to try and fill in the missing blanks of her memory. Has she really gone mad or did she actually commit the crime? She begins to have flashback visions, especially after she learns the identity of the girl on the road that night. Is there an element of the supernatural at work here or is Mranda actually going mad? Director Mathieu Kassovitz keeps us guessing right up to the surprise ending.

Berry gives a memorable performance as the confused doctor. She alternates between rational and irrational behavior in convincing fashion. Penelope Cruz plays a patient that Miranda had been treating and whom she meets "on the inside". Downey does the best he can with his part as the doctor who might know more about Miranda's situation than he lets on. John Carroll Lynch plays Sheriff Ryan who had been close personal friends with the Greys, and who turns on Miranda when she is charged with the murder of her husband. Others in the cast include Dorian Harewood as Miranda's lawyer and Bernard Hill as the chief psychiatrist.

There are elements of the supernatural mixed into the plot to be sure, but it is the lovely and talented Halle Berry that makes this film memorable.

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