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The Secret Scripture (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 13 October 2017 (USA)
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A woman keeps a diary of her extended stay at a mental hospital.


Jim Sheridan


Sebastian Barry (based on the novel by), Jim Sheridan | 1 more credit »
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2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Eric Bana ... Dr. Grene
Rooney Mara ... Rose
Aidan Turner ... Jack Conroy
Theo James ... Father Gaunt
Vanessa Redgrave ... Lady Rose
Jack Reynor ... Michael McNulty
Susan Lynch ... Nurse
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor ... McCabe
Adrian Dunbar ... Dr. Hart
Pauline McLynn ... Anne McCartney
Elva Trill ... Pregnant Woman
Omar Sharif Jr. ... Daniel O'Brien
Laurence O'Fuarain ... Detective
Brian Fortune ... Psychiatric Analyst
Charlie Kelly ... Beau


Roseanne McNulty must vacate the soon-to-be demolished mental institution in Roscommon, Ireland that she's called home for over 50 years. The hospital's psychiatrist, Dr. William Grene, is called in to assess her condition. He finds himself intrigued by Roseanne's seemingly inscrutable rituals and tics, and her fierce attachment to her Bible, which she has over the decades transformed into a palimpsest of scripture, drawings, and cryptic diary entries. As Grene delves deeper into Roseanne's past, we see her as a young woman, whose charisma proves seductive. We learn that she moved to Sligo to work in her aunt's café, fell in love with a dashing fighter pilot, and that a local priest fell tragically in love with her. Written by AnonymousB

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Time doesn't forget. See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

13 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tss See more »

Filming Locations:

County Wicklow, Ireland See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1 Anamorphic
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Did You Know?


Jessica Chastain was originally attached to star as young Roseanne McNulty but dropped out and was replaced by Rooney Mara. See more »


When Michael prepares to leave Rose and re-join the war, he dresses in his formal uniform and prepares to go. But he hasn't shaved, which is part of the look of the actor who plays him (Jack Reynor) and not "regulation" for the services during World War II. See more »


Dr. William Grene: How do you feel?
Lady Rose: Like someone took my soul.
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Bleak yet hopeful
3 February 2019 | by patstevesSee all my reviews

This movie has plenty of darkness and sadness, but luckily it's punctuated with an element of hope as well, because otherwise I think it would just be too sad to watch. It's a story of a woman in a mental hospital and what brought her there. She's now very old with an addled mind, so the story cuts between past and present to unveil the circumstances of the story. Rooney Mara turns in a strong performance as the younger version of the main character and Theo James - who is normally the hero type - is a creepy priest. Nice to see him in a departure from the norm.

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