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Freak City (1999)

After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a rebellious young woman is disease-stricken. Upon being admitted to a nursing home, she finds hope in the most unlikely of places...

Director:

Lynne Littman

Writer:

Jane Shepard
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Cast

Credited cast:
Samantha Mathis ... Ruth Ellison
Natalie Cole ... Eleanor Sorrell
Marlee Matlin ... Cassandra
Peter Sarsgaard ... Cal Jackson
Jonathan Silverman ... Lenny Stanapolous
Estelle Parsons ... Mrs. Stanapolous
Eve Crawford Eve Crawford ... Nurse Veronica
Janet Lo ... Nurse Fran
Karen Robinson ... Nurse Jan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nola Augustson ... Evelyn Lissard
Rodger Barton Rodger Barton ... Tom Lissard
Anne Bellamy Anne Bellamy ... Grandma
Kurt Brunus Kurt Brunus ... John Sorrell
Sergio Di Zio ... Leo Berman
Rosemary Dunsmore ... Mary Manmouth
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Storyline

Freak City tells the moving story of a young woman, played by Samantha Mathis, who is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and is institutionalized by her family. Alone and feeling abandoned she struggles to regain her sense of dignity and independence by bonding with a wide assortment of fellow patients. Other residents at the home include Jonathan Silverman as a blind man, Marlee Maitlin, a slightly retarded woman, and singer-actress Natalie Cole as a blues singer injured in an accident and left with severe mental and emotional challenges. Working together they share many funny and sometimes bittersweet moments and celebrate overcoming their challenges as a family brought together by circumstance. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 2007 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Grad nakaza See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada

Company Credits

Production Co:

Showtime Networks See more »
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Color:

Color
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Goofs

When Ruth is leaving Cal's room after kissing, she pulls her blouse over her shoulders twice. See more »

Soundtracks

Go To Work
Written by Spencer Proffer and Steve Plunkett
Performed by Johnny Spark
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User Reviews

A movie that will teach you to understand.
4 June 1999 | by psy_guySee all my reviews

There are very few movies that strike me as realistic in nature when it comes to dealing with the topic of medical challenges. In the movie Freak City, the viewer is given the chance to be a part of the anger and hostility that surrounds different disorders. Not only does it focus on self inflicted pain but it also takes a look at family reactions by focusing on the different ways that people cope.

Having been through the gamut with my own afflictions, I will have to say that this is a movie I truly identified with. Also, Freak City is a film that will give people a deeper insight into the lives of those that society deems handicapped.


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