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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)

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

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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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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

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Drama | Fantasy

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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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Diane Varsi's last film role. 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 »

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Referenced in Monstervision: Ice Cream Man (1999) See more »

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Singing the Greens
Written by Susan Tyrrell and Georg Michalski
Performed by Susan Tyrrell
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Who would have ever imagined that Roger Corman executive produced this?
6 July 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Right after "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" offered a scathing look at mental institutions, "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" offered a similar sort of look. Portraying young Deborah Blake (Kathleen Quinlan) getting put in one and experiencing the unpleasant things there while Dr. Fried (Bibi Andersson) tries to help her, the movie makes you feel like there's a knife in your stomach. Certainly this institution is not any place where you're likely to become sane. But Deborah has to make her way through no matter what.

There are some pretty disturbing scenes here, and they do a very good job with it. As a director, Roger Corman may be known for camp, but as executive producer here, he cooperated on a well done flick. Also starring Lorraine Gary (Roy Scheider's wife in "Jaws"), Sylvia Sidney (the "Mars Attacks!" grandmother) and a fairly young Dennis Quaid and Clint Howard.


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