When Jimmy's idol, James Dean, dies on September 30, 1955, the small-town Arkansas college undergraduate goes berserk. He and his friends hold a vigil which turns into a drunk and, finally,... See full summary »
Based very loosely on the intricate novel by Joanne Greenberg. A young woman's devotion to a childhood fantasy kingdom has taken over her entire life and causes her endless pain and degradation. Placed in a mental hospital, she has the great good fortune to have a truly caring therapist who tries to help her accept reality, even though reality isn't so great either.Written by
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Pretty good film, although not that pleasant to watch
Pretty good film, although not that pleasant to watch. This was done the year after "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" swept the major Oscars, so it might have been an attempt to cash in. Kathleen Quinlan was outstanding, though she was so young, I might not have recognized her if I hadn't known. She played the mentally disturbed extremely well, largely by not over-doing it, passing on the chance to chew the scenery. The story is about a young girl (16 or so) committed to a mental hospital in what looks like the 1950's. Bibi Anderssen as the psychiatrist seemed to be a follower of Freud, who has since been discredited. A previous commenter said that "Deborah" would not likely be considered schizophrenic today. I have not read the book that this was based on, but the movie portrays Deborah as profoundly mentally ill. Seems schizo to me.
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