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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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... Nicholas Tordone
... Jake
Tom Poster ... Acting Instructor
Deborah Worthing ... Amanda
Rebecca Rothstein ... Hospital Receptionist
... Ronald Briggs
... Dr. Frank Meyers
... Screaming Patient
... Tommy Baylor
... Sullivan Rane / Doc
Robert Ford ... Neckbrace Guy
... Belinda Davis
Elise Rothberg ... Davis Receptionist
... Dominic
... 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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9 May 1997 (USA)  »

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Performed by Kirsten Fife and Paul DaSilva
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5 November 2015 | by See 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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