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Asylum (1997)

A private investigator, mentally disturbed by his father's suicide, goes undercover in a mental institution to discover the murderer of a friend who was a doctor at the clinic.

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James Seale

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James Seale
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Patrick ... Nicholas Tordone
Karl Bury ... Jake
Tom Poster Tom Poster ... Acting Instructor
Deborah Worthing Deborah Worthing ... Amanda
Rebecca Rothstein Rebecca Rothstein ... Hospital Receptionist
Adam Gierasch ... Ronald Briggs
Peter Brown ... Dr. Frank Meyers
Irwin Keyes ... Screaming Patient
Jason Schombing ... Tommy Baylor
Malcolm McDowell ... Sullivan Rane / Doc
Robert Ford Robert Ford ... Neckbrace Guy
Debra Wilson ... Belinda Davis
Elise Rothberg Elise Rothberg ... Davis Receptionist
Alan Charof ... Dominic
Jon Huffman ... Dr. Carl Bradley
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A private investigator, mentally disturbed by his father's suicide, goes undercover in a mental institution to discover the murderer of a friend who was a doctor at the clinic. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asilo See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Ultra Stereo

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Color
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Ballada, op. 15
and "Nocturne, op. 402
Composed by Antonín Dvorák
from Czech Mate, produced by Kirsten Fife
Performed by Kirsten Fife and Paul DaSilva
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5 November 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A private investigator (Robert Patrick), mentally disturbed by his father's suicide, goes undercover in a mental institution to discover the murderer of a friend who was a doctor at the clinic.

This film deserves some credit for the attempt at a clever idea, and for bringing together two great genre actors in one film -- Robert Patrick and Malcolm McDowell. Have they been in any other film together? I do not know. And here they were, in one that probably had no budget, with a writer-director who has not gone on to distinguish himself.

Sadly, it does seem to be a bit convoluted. Any time you set something in an asylum, and you have a protagonist of questionable reliability... you get some goofy outcomes. You can be straightforward, or full on David Lynch. This seems to try to work between those poles, which is difficult and not fully successful.


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