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Manic (2001)

R | | Drama | 23 May 2003 (USA)
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After attacking another player with a bat during baseball at school, Lyle's sent to the psych ward. He meets other teenagers with problems. Will group therapy help?

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Jordan Melamed
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Lyle
Maggie Baird ... Rebecca
Don Cheadle ... Dr. David Monroe
Blayne Weaver ... Charlie
Lydell M. Cheshier Lydell M. Cheshier ... J.C.
Roxie Fuller ... Roxie
Bree Nogueira Bree Nogueira ... Bree
Kathy Paradise Kathy Paradise ... Nurse
Elden Henson ... Michael
Cody Lightning ... Kenny
Michael Bacall ... Chad
Sara Rivas ... Sara
Lauren Shubert Lauren Shubert ... Lauren
Zooey Deschanel ... Tracey
William Richert ... Diego
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Storyline

Lyle Jensen is subject to sudden and violent outbursts, and he is committed to the juvenile wing of the Northwood Mental Institution. Several other youths are there with a variety of serious problems. Lyle interacts with other patients and staff on a human, and sometimes not so human level. The psychological problems of the patients also forms the fabric by which we see what's right with them, and what's wrong with the society that affects them. Written by Scott from Milwaukee, WI, USA

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i am human See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content, strong language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Most of the extras in the movie were teenagers that had actually been in hospitals to treat depression. See more »

Quotes

Chad: Sex is meaningful.
Dr. David Monroe: [disbelief] You've had sex?
[group laughs]
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Connections

References Braveheart (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Head up
Written by C. Moreno, C. Cheng, S. Carpenter, A. Cunningham and A. Cavalera
Performed by Deftones
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raw drama, digital filmmaking, sundance hit
29 January 2001 | by feverdeangSee all my reviews

my favorite drama in the 2001 Sundance festival ,Manic was a frightening look at teenagers out of control and how the world forces them to desparate measures. Set in a juvenile mental institution it tells the story of Lyle ( Joseph Gordon Levitt, in an amazing, breakout dramatic performance) put under lock and key for assaulting another boy with a baseball bat. He rejects the system, it's diagnosis and it's blindness to the real problems he and the other kids are facing. Brutally honest and inspiring (without any schlockly-hokey feel good crap) shot in DV and improv-ed and made with the help of REAL kids in this terrible situation, Manic was an example of what a film festival should support. Also I would be doing a great disservice if I didn't mention the quiet commanding presence of young actor Cody Lightning (only 14 years old!!!!!)See this film!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Camarillo, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,628, 27 April 2003

Gross USA:

$69,958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,958
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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