Girl, Interrupted (1999) Poster


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Angelina Jolie avoided any communication with Winona Ryder when making the movie, claiming that if she saw anything human about Winona Ryder, she would not have been able to act out the sociopath character of Lisa Rowe as effectively.
Winona Ryder acquired the rights to the novel herself and then spent seven years trying to get the film made.
Much of the movie was filmed at the Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) State Hospital, which was still in use for treatment of mentally ill patients, until it closed in 2006.
The character Lisa Rowe recites a poem by Dorothy Parker called "Resume." It goes, "Razors pain you; Rivers are damp; Acids stain you; And drugs cause cramp. Guns aren't lawful; Nooses give; Gas smells awful; You might as well live."
The book and film Girl, Interrupted (1999), take their title from the painting "Girl Interrupted at her Music" by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.
The song "Angel of the Morning" on the film's soundtrack was composed by Angelina Jolie's uncle, Chip Taylor.
Winona Ryder handpicked James Mangold to direct this film after seeing his movie Heavy (1995).
Winona Ryder's first lines in this movie are, "Have you ever confused a dream with life? Or stolen something when you have the cash?" Ironically, two years later, Winona was arrested for stealing bags in a department store.
Rose McGowan and Claire Danes auditioned for the role of Lisa Rowe.
The ice cream parlor the girls visit is Eckels Soda Fountain in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The store even has a "Girl, Interrupted" sundae.
The film cast includes four Oscar winners, Angelina Jolie, Jared Leto, Whoopi Goldberg and Vanessa Redgrave, and one Oscar nominee, Winona Ryder.
Due to its prevalence of strong female roles, many young actresses of the era sought to be a part of this film. Reese Witherspoon, Rose McGowan, Kate Hudson, Christina Ricci, Katie Holmes, Gretchen Mol, Alicia Witt and Alanis Morissette all auditioned for unspecified roles, while Clea DuVall replaced Sarah Polley after she fell out of negotiations, and Brittany Murphy replaced Leelee Sobieski, who quit the project due to scheduling conflicts.
This was one of many roles in which Winona Ryder's character writes in a diary.
Angelina Jolie's attendance at the Academy Awards on March 26, 2000 was not her first. At just ten years old, she sat beside her father, Jon Voight,when he was up for the Best Actor Oscar for Runaway Train (1985) at the Academy Awards on March 24, 1986. (Voight lost to William Hurt for Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985))
The quote Dr. Sonia Wick uses during her first meeting with Susanna Kaysen is from Lucio Anneo Seneca, a Roman Stoic philosopher.
The breed of Daisy's cat, Ruby, is British shorthair. This breed is known for their butterscotch-colored eyes and even gray coat.
The band in the graduation scene is from William Penn High School in York, Pennsylvania.
Phedon Papamichael Jr. was supposed to be director of photography on the film but had to pull out due to work on The Million Dollar Hotel (2000). He would later team up with James Mangold on Identity (2003), and he served as director of photography on all his films since then.
"Que Sera Sera (What Will Be, Will Be)" was not a new song to Winona Ryder. It was featured in both this film and her other movie, Heathers (1988).
Angelina Jolie and Jared Leto also appeared in Alexander (2004).
Angelina Jolie's Best Supporting Actress Oscar win was this film's only Oscar nomination.
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The movie was released on January 14, 1999. Angelina Jolie's father, Jon Voight, starred in Varsity Blues (1999), which came out a day after.
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Five actresses from the film had guests stints on the television show Grey's Anatomy (2005). Clea Duvall, Elizabeth Moss, Jillian Armenante, Mary Kay Place and KaDee Strickland appeared in its spinoff, Private Practice (2007).
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One of the characters is called Daisy Randone. Director and screenwriter James Mangold's previous film, Cop Land (1997), which he also wrote as well as directed, also featured characters with the surname Randone (Joey and Liz Randone).
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Henry Alex Rubin: The guy who first starts dancing with Susanna Kaysen at the post-graduation party.

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