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Stonehearst Asylum (2014)

Eliza Graves (original title)
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An Oxford graduate takes up a job in a mental asylum, only to discover that the "revolutionary" new treatments are inhumane and that there is more going on than meets the eye.


Brad Anderson


Edgar Allan Poe (based on a short story by), Joe Gangemi (screenplay by)
2,647 ( 178)
1 win. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Beckinsale ... Eliza Graves
Jim Sturgess ... Edward Newgate
David Thewlis ... Mickey Finn
Brendan Gleeson ... The Alienist
Ben Kingsley ... Silas Lamb
Michael Caine ... Benjamin Salt
Jason Flemyng ... Swanwick
Sophie Kennedy Clark ... Millie
Sinéad Cusack ... Mrs. Pike
Edmund Kingsley ... Charles Graves
Robert Hands Robert Hands ... Elegant Lady
Ciara Flynn ... Farmer's Daughter
Christopher Fulford ... Paxton
Andrew Dallmeyer Andrew Dallmeyer ... Jeremiah
Guillaume Delaunay ... Arthur Timbs


A couple of days before 1899 Christmas, the Oxford new graduate Dr. Edward Newgate arrives at the Stonehearst Asylum to complete training for his specialty of asylum medicine. He is met by armed men who take him to Dr. Silas Lamb, who welcomes his help and takes him under his wing. Edward is shocked to see the methods that Dr Lamb uses to run this asylum. He becomes infatuated with Eliza Graves, one of the patients who is a lady of status and does not seem to belong. One night, Edward overhears a knocking from the bowels of the facility and is shocked to find that everything is not as it seems in this place and that his uneasy feelings may be justified. What will Edward Choose? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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No one is what they seem.


Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing and violent images, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stonehearst Asylum See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the second movie where Sir Ben Kingsley plays a doctor in a mental hospital, the first was Shutter Island (2010) with Leonardo DiCaprio. See more »


After Edward arrives at the institution and Dr. Lamb asks Finn to help him with his coat, in one scene he still has the comforter around his neck. In the next scene it vanishes. See more »


Silas Lamb: On the contrary: it was my STAFF.
Benjamin Salt: [Incredulously, outraged] Staff? A bunch of inebriates and chronic masturbators?
Silas Lamb: [Slight pause] Funny; I've never seen the harm in chronic masturbation.
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Version of Lunacy (2005) See more »


Just Like A Dream
Written by Ken Morrison
Performed by Huck Andrews with the Jackie Souders Orchestra
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Very happy I took the time to see this
25 October 2014 | by lunchboxwandererSee all my reviews

Stonehearst Asylum is an excellent movie.

It has so many great actors in it. They all played their parts wonderfully.

It was suspenseful, intriguing, dramatic, thrilling and in a way horrifically ironic.

I guess that does describe Poe, who wrote the story.

It has an interesting twist at the end, which I didn't expect, and I am always looking for a twist.

However, the twist was refreshing, even sardonic which is rare these days.

This is a tight film. You won't find yourself looking at your phone, ever.

Hence, I highly recommend it.

9 out of 10.

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