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John's Not Mad (II) (1989)
"Q.E.D." John's Not Mad (original title)

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Episode credited cast:
Eleanor Bron ...
Narrator (voice)
Heather Davidson ...
Herself / John's Mother
John Davidson ...
Lorna Peggie ...
Herself / John's Special Needs Teacher
Oliver Sacks ...


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[first lines]
John Davidson: Some of the time I just, when I feel bad, I just feel like killin' myself or somethin' like that; it feels so bad.
Narrator: John Davidson is sixteen. He suffers from a disturbing neurological disorder once regarded as a wild madness. But when you know him better, you discover that John's not mad.
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Right after the final credits, John appears for a few more seconds and barks out, "Come on, hm, stop! Hm." See more »


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John's not mad - cult legend
26 May 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'John's Not Mad' was obviously made as a serious documentary aimed at pointing out to viewers what was at the time a little known condition, 'Tourettes Syndrome'. It is a very informative documentary outlining the problems associated with Tourettes, such as a simple trip to the supermarket. However, unfortunately, it gained a, perhaps unwanted, cult status, due to the fact that these moments where problems are created are hilarious, though one feels guilty for laughing. A must-see for anyone with an interest in 'Tourettes Syndrome'. Also see the follow up documentary made more than a decade later, which deals with John and his life as an adult at 31.

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