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Asylum (2005)

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A woman becomes very curious about one of her psychiatrist husband's inmates, a man who was found guilty in the murder and disfigurement of his former wife.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Stella Raphael
... Max Raphael
Gus Lewis ... Charlie Raphael
... Dr. Peter Cleave
... Jack Straffen
... Bridie Straffen
Sarah Thurstan ... Mrs. Rose
Alwyne Taylor ... Monica
... Claudia Greene
... Lilly
Anna Keaveney ... Mrs. Bain
... Edgar Stark
Robert Willox ... John Archer
... Brenda Raphael
... Nick
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In the 50's, the psychiatrist Max Raphael is hired to work as superintendent of an asylum in the outskirts of London, and he moves with his wife Stella Raphael and their son Charlie. Stella has a passionless marriage and is ignored by Max; her boredom changes when her son befriends the handsome inmate Edgar Stark, an sculptor that in a crisis of jealousy had killed and disfigured his wife, and that is treated by Dr. Peter Cleave, an ambitious psychiatrist that aspired Max's position. During the afternoons, Stella has a hot adulterous affair with Edgar until the day he escapes and their affair is discovered. Stella has to take a decision between her family and her wild passion for Edgar. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Passion. Possession. See more »


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Rated R for strong sexuality, some violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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9 September 2005 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Casa da Loucura  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,272, 14 August 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$374,903, 13 November 2005
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Trivia

The building used for the exterior and several interior shots as the "asylum" of the title is the former 3rd West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum (later re-named High Royds Hospital) at Menston, West Yorkshire. It opened in 1888, formally closed in 2003 (although many areas were disused much earlier), and was home to 2,420 patients at peak. See more »

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The story is set in the Summer of 1959. The Mk II Jaguar, as used by Raphael, was only introduced for the London Show in October of that year. (Please see 'Trivia' item, also). See more »

Quotes

Nick: [to Stella, shyly] I love you. Doesn't matter, but I do.
Stella Raphael: [smiling] No, you don't.
Nick: I do. I love him, too.
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References Vertigo (1958) See more »

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Clock Tower Cha Cha
Written by James Fieldhouse
Performed by Lindley Band
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Movie well worth seeing!
4 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I just saw Asylum last night (it is not actually out yet) and I really enjoyed it. The performances were excellent; as were the settings, the drama and the dialogue. It's complex, unpredictable, intense, beautiful and Gothic. I loved the erotic scenes the most, but the whole movie was brilliant visually and dramatically. There is only one real complaint I have with the movie. At the end of the movie Ian's character does something and I cannot figure out what motivated the character to do this. I personally think the character should not have and would not have done this. The only reason I can see the character doing what he did was for dramatic effect on the audience. Of course, I have not read the book and if I did, this may well shed light on this act. Either way, go see the movie whenever it does come out!


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