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Gothika (2003)

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A repressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.

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Mathieu Kassovitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Halle Berry ... Miranda Grey
Robert Downey Jr. ... Pete Graham
Charles S. Dutton ... Dr. Douglas Grey
John Carroll Lynch ... Sheriff Ryan
Bernard Hill ... Phil Parsons
Penélope Cruz ... Chloe Sava
Dorian Harewood ... Teddy Howard
Bronwen Mantel Bronwen Mantel ... Irene
Kathleen Mackey ... Rachel Parsons
Matthew G. Taylor ... Turlington
Michel Perron Michel Perron ... Joe
Andrea Sheldon ... Tracey Seavers
Anana Rydvald ... Glass Cell Nurse
Laura Mitchell Laura Mitchell ... Inmate
Amy Sloan ... Inmate
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Storyline

Dr. Miranda Grey is a psychiatrist who works in a penitentiary, in the mental institution sector. She is married with Dr. Douglas Grey, the chief of department where Dr. Pete Graham also works. Chloe Sava, a patient of Dr. Miranda formerly abused by her stepfather, claims that she is frequently raped by the devil in her cell. After leaving the asylum in a stormy night, Dr. Miranda has a car accident, and when she wakes up, she is an inmate of the institution, being accused of an horrible crime and having no memory of the incident. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for violence, brief language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gotika See more »

Filming Locations:

Oka, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,288,438, 23 November 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$59,694,580

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,896,744
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1.85 : 1
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The Anima Sola, a.k.a. Lonely Soul, tattoo, an important plot point, is a medieval image depicting a soul, often a female, suffering in the flames of purgatory. Her arms, on which hang broken chains, are lifted towards heaven, indicating that her suffering is over and she is about to rise to heaven. It is most prevalent in Catholic cultures. See more »

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When Pete is taking Mirandas blood pressure he holds the bell of the stethoscope against her arm with his thumb. This is incorrect for the same reason you don't use your thumb to check someone's pulse. The thumb actually contains a heartbeat too. If you use it to try to listen, as with the stethoscope when taking a blood pressure, or check someones pulse your likely to pick up the sound/beat of your own pulse. If you use your thumb to check your own blood pressure or pulse you will get an incorrect reading, because you'll be hearing/feeling your own heartbeat twice. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chloe: He came back again last night and tore me like paper. He opened me like a flower of pain, and it felt good. He sank into me and set me on fire, like he always does. Made me burn from the inside out.
Miranda: How did you know it was the devil?
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Papa Was a Rolling Stone
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Misses a golden opportunity, but still manages to be solid, spooky fun.
31 March 2012 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

In Mathieu Kassovitz's Gothika, Penélope Cruz and Halle Berry share a shower, but DON'T soap up each other's jubblies; that glaring goof aside, the film is a worthwhile supernatural thriller—smartly written, with slick direction, solid acting, and some effective shocks—one that should pass the time fairly painlessly for fans of mainstream horror.

Halle Berry plays penitentiary psychiatrist Miranda Grey who winds up as an inmate herself after she inexplicably chops up her hubby with an axe. With no memory of the murder, Miranda begins to suspect that there is a supernatural reason for her brutal act.

Although the story evolves in a predictable Hollywood manner, the well developed atmosphere, stylish visuals, and some great supporting performances (the aforementioned Cruz, Robert Downey Jr. and Bernard Hill) all go to make this an enjoyable, if not exceptional, creepy murder mystery.

6.5 out of 10, rounded up to 7 for IMDb.


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