Briarcliff, a former tuberculosis hospital, is now an insane asylum run by the Catholic church. The year is 1964, and the asylum houses some seriously disturbed individuals. The day to day administrator is Sister Jude Martin who works under the general supervision of the director Monsignor Timothy Howard. Her chief nemesis however is their in-house medical officer, Dr. Arthur Arden, who is frequently seeing patients in the night - patients who die and are disposed of immediately. Briarcliff's latest patient is Kit Walker, aka Bloody Face, an accused serial killer of several young women but is unable to stand trial due to insanity. Sister Jude is tough as journalist Lana Winters learns when she starts poking around the place.
Did You Know?
The song "Dominique" that plays constantly in the common room was not chosen at random. Jeanine Deckers - also known as Soeur Sourire
or "The Singing Nun" had recorded the song to raise money for her convent's mission in Brussels. She eventually left the order to be with her lover, a novice nun eleven years younger than herself. When the two took their own lives together in 1985 she was deeply in debt for the taxes owed on the over $100,000 in royalties the iconic song earned. Money she never saw a cent of, as all profits continued to go to the Catholic church. See more
At the very beginning, Leo Morrison is seen using a Leica M7 camera, taking a few photos of his wife in rapid succession. The Leica M7 is an analog 35mm camera, where the film needs to be advanced manually after each shot using the the film advance lever, making the taking of photos in rapid succession impossible. See more
Sister Jude Martin
I've dealt with bigger monsters than you, Dr Arden. Let me give you fair warning: I'll always win against the patriarchal male.
Dr. Arthur Arden
Bully for you.
References A Clockwork Orange
For the Last Time We'll Pay (Carrie)
Performed by Pino Donaggio See more