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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.

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Brad Anderson

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (based on a short story by), Joe Gangemi (screenplay by)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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.

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bulgaria See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Dr. Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess) is dining the first night in the asylum, he points out the irony of the groundskeepers name, Mickey Finn (David Thewlis) and the reference to slipping someone a Mickey, a drug in their drink. The term "slip someone a Mickey" was most likely coined after a real man named Mickey Finn from Chicago, Illinois, who, in 1903 was arrested when it surfaced that he would drug and rob patrons of his inn. See more »

Goofs

When Silas is about to light up Edwards mind with voltage and then reaches in Edwards pocket for the photo, the electrodes spark denoting Mickey had thrown the switch. But Silas places them in one hand and the sound of them colliding should have denoted the electrodes connected lighting Silas up like a Christmas tree. See more »

Quotes

Edward Newgate: You're mad!
Silas Lamb: We're all mad Dr. Newgate. Some are simply not mad enough to admit it.
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Just Like A Dream
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Stonehearst Asylum is an interesting, but not completely satisfactory, thriller
23 January 2015 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

I don't know why director Brad Anderson hasn't received more recognition or popularity. Films like Session 9, The Machinist and The Call prove the fact he's talented; but for some reason, he is kept as a cult figure, modestly working on TV and independent productions. Maybe, that's a decision Anderson made to keep himself away from Hollywood. In his most recent film, Stonehearst Asylum, we can appreciate his solid work as a director once more, but the screenplay of the film isn't totally satisfactory. The plot and execution of Stonehearst Asylum evoke the cinema from Amicus and Hammer Films made in the '60s, even though it isn't a horror film, but a psychological (psychiatric?) thriller in which the clinical focuses from two doctors who want to help their patients in two different ways compete. The young and idealist Newgate is in favor of traditional techniques, which are occasionally cruel but necessary, while Dr. Lamb brings an absolute freedom to the patients, despite the fact of some of them being very dangerous, because he thinks that universal healing consists on restoring the dignity stolen by the horrible conditions of the asylum. Which one of both is right? That interesting disjunctive is left on the background when a revelation alters the road of the story and neutralizes the ideological battle which was impulsing it. Unfortunately, that decision reduces the potential of the story and damages the flow of the narrative, making it much more predictable and traditional. Nevertheless, there are various positive elements in Stonehearst Asylum, such as the excellent performances from Jim Sturgess, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine, Brendan Gleeson and David Thewlis. Tom Yatsko's cinematography displays warm colors and deep chiaroscuro in order to evoke the extremes of lucidity and mania from the characters. In conclusion, Stonehearst Asylum is an entertaining film, but its screenplay takes some unnecessary tangents, and the ending feels corny and convenient.


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