Boy Interrupted looks at the life of Evan Perry a 15-year-old boy from New York who committed suicide in 2005. The film made by his parents Dana and Hart examines how Evan's bipolar ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Evan Scott Perry ...
Herself - Evan's Mother
Hart Perry ...
Himself - Evan's Father
Nicholas Kopple-Perry ...
Himself - Evan's Half-Brother
Herself - Teacher
Ladd Spiegel ...
Himself - Doctor
Suzanne Hanna ...
Herself - Psychologist
Dan Murray ...
Himself - Wellspring Psychologist
Aidan Shiminov ...
Himself - Friend
Will Axelrod ...
Himself - Friend
Gabriel Byer ...
Himself - Friend
Adam Shachat ...
Himself - Friend
David Bailen ...
Himself - Friend
Scott Perry ...
Himself - Evan's Uncle (archive footage)
Martine Gerard ...
Herself - Scott's Fiancee


Boy Interrupted looks at the life of Evan Perry a 15-year-old boy from New York who committed suicide in 2005. The film made by his parents Dana and Hart examines how Evan's bipolar disorder and depression affected his life and the life of his family. Written by Shatterdaymorn

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Evokes mixed feelings...
6 August 2009 | by (Vermont) – See all my reviews

Dana Heinz Perry's 'Boy Interrupted' is a moving and engrossing documentary about the mental illness that took the life of her 15-year-old son, Evan. Suffering from bi-polar disorder, Evan Scott Perry committed suicide in Oct., 2005 while in the depths of a black depression. Bi-polar disorder runs in the family. Evan's uncle, Scott, who suffered from the same mental illness, took his own life in 1971 at the age of 22. Well made, compassionate, insightful, and unbearably sad, 'Boy Interrupted' is an important film. Yet, yet... There's a troubling subtext here that is largely taken for granted by the Perry family. Simply put, the Perrys are rich folks, very rich folks. They have an apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side, a house in the country, etc., etc., and are able to afford the best schools and--once Evan exhibits signs of madness--the very best psychiatric care and facilities that money can buy. When Scott died the family commissioned a renowned sculptor to create a special monument and Scott's brother, Hart Perry (Dana's husband and Evan's father) made a commemorative film at that time. When Evan died, the Perrys commemorated him with 'Boy Interrupted' and helped to fund a new building at one of the facilities that had treated him. These are warm, human gestures which assure that Scott and Evan will not simply vanish from the earth without a trace. But what if the afflicted Scott and Evan Perry had come from impoverished circumstances? No top shelf care. No fancy monuments. No documentary films. No kid glove treatment. Just unadulterated suffering, death, and subsequent, eternal anonymity. That's what happens to the thousands of Scotts and Evans who don't come from money. Think about that reality also.

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