Virginia Cunningham finds herself in a state insane asylum...and can't remember how she got there. In flashback, her husband Robert relates their courtship, their marriage, and her developing symptoms. The asylum staff are not demonized, but fear, ignorance, and regimentation keep Virginia in a state of misery as pipe-smoking Dr. Mark Kik struggles through wheels within wheels to find the root of her problem. Then a relapse plunges Virginia back into the harrowing 'Snake Pit'.Written by
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The Snake Pit compelled 13 states to change their laws concerning mental health issues following the film's release. See more »
When Virginia rushes into a vacant room in the sanitarium to hide, she slams the door, causing the door frame and adjoining wall to shake visibly. See more »
Dr. Jonathan Gifford:
Now now, doctor, we're not trying to minimize the importance of the treatment you're giving your patient.
The trouble is for you each case is 'the one,' and for us it's one of thousands.
Doctor Mark Kik:
Yes, Curtis, one of thousands, even millions. But only by trying to make each case 'the one' can we really help the patient.
I happen to have here some of the more recent statistics. Ah yes, here they are. Sometimes even we doctors must face reality.
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The beginning of this movie has Virginia Cunningham sitting on bench but her not knowing where she is. She soon finds out that she is in a mental hospital. She doesn't know why she's there. She doesn't even know her husband when he appears. The only allegiance she can form is with Dr.Kik,who she trusts. This is a time when mental patients were treated horribly. May 6th seems to be the underlying problem with her mental condition. Everyone she lost seems to revolve around this date, and on the out side, she gets completely paranoid when she knows this date is coming. Through Dr. Kik's compassion and shock treatments & psychotherapy, she gets to understand why she became ill. But,that's the beginning and end of the picture. What happens in the middle(all contained in the hospital) is a memorable performance given by Olvia DeHavilland, the treatment she gets, the other patients, the nurses,the darkness of the hospital all add up to, I think one of the best movies made.
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