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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)

A disturbed,institutionalized 16-year-old girl struggles between fantasy and reality.

Director:

Anthony Page

Writers:

Joanne Greenberg (novel) (as Hannah Green), Gavin Lambert (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathleen Quinlan ... Deborah Blake
Bibi Andersson ... Dr. Fried
Ben Piazza ... Jay Blake
Lorraine Gary ... Ester Blake
Martine Bartlett ... Secret Wife
Margo Ann Berdeshevsky Margo Ann Berdeshevsky ... Drawing Patient
Darlene Craviotto Darlene Craviotto ... Carla
Reni Santoni ... Hobbs
Susan Tyrrell ... Lee
Signe Hasso ... Helene
Norman Alden ... McPherson
Sylvia Sidney ... Miss Coral
Dennis Quaid ... Shark, Baseball Pitcher
Karin Collison ... Nurse (as Elizabeth Dartmoor)
Robert Viharo ... Anterrabae
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Storyline

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 Molly Malloy <mailcall@bluemarble.net>

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The Best Selling Novel Is Now a Triumphant New Film

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1977 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Nunca te prometí un jardín de rosas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The lead character was offered to Patty Duke in the late '60s. But she turned it down because she wanted to be married and not work at the time. See more »

Goofs

In the New Year's party scene, Deborah is seen with loose hair talking to Dr. Fried and then there is close-up of Deborah with her hair pulled back from her forehead. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Will & Grace: I Never Promised You an Olive Garden (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Singing the Greens
Written by Susan Tyrrell and Georg Michalski
Performed by Susan Tyrrell
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Pretty good film, although not that pleasant to watch
28 February 2006 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

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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