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Brain on Fire (2016)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 22 June 2018 (USA)
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A young, capable professional cannot explain her newly erratic behavior.

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Gerard Barrett

Writers:

Gerard Barrett (screenplay), Susannah Cahalan (memoir)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Susannah Cahalan
Thomas Mann ... Stephen Grywalski
Richard Armitage ... Tom Cahalan
Carrie-Anne Moss ... Rhona Nack
Jenny Slate ... Margo
Tyler Perry ... Richard
Alex Zahara ... Allen
Jenn MacLean-Angus ... Giselle (as Jean MacLean Angus)
Ken Tremblett ... Senator
Navid Negahban ... Dr. Najjar
Robert Moloney ... Dr. Ryan
Agam Darshi ... Dr. Khan
Janet Kidder ... Dr. Siskin
Vincent Gale ... Dr. Samson
Daniel Bacon ... Dr. Han
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The film follows the harrowing experience of a writer struggling with a rare neurological disease from when she first suffers symptoms to the many attempts at diagnosing it and the eventual discovery of the real cause of her illness. Based on the book, 'Brain On Fire', the true story of Susannah Cahalan, a journalist for the New York Post. Written by Danny

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, brief language and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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USA | Canada | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brain on Fire - O Meu Mês de Loucura See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Charlize Theron was cast in a role, but she dropped out. However, she remained on as a producer. See more »

Goofs

In the scene when she had a MRI the machine she was in was actually a CAT scan machine. Not MRI. See more »

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Susannah Cahalan: Have you ever been trapped? Lost in your own body, lost in your own mind, lost in time? So desperate to escape, to just... Get out.
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Song for Kirsten Dunst
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This Movie Mirrors Our Experience With the Same Disease!
23 June 2018 | by vbjorklundSee all my reviews

This movie has been wrongly criticized for showing clueless doctors. However, this disease was not even identified by the World Health Organization until 2007 and was only named in 2009! My family member has in 2017 been diagnosed with this disease and it was his 47th doctor who diagnosed him!!! Thus, it is important for viewers to know the diagnosis journey depicted in Brain on Fire is REAL and NOT FICTIONAL and COMMON when it portrays how hard in the real world it is for well-known doctors to diagnose this disease so that it can be treated. This movie depicts two important messages: 1. Trust your gut if a doctor says something you disbelieve like "She must be drinking too much" or "She belongs in a mental hospital" and 2. Keep asking for the views of additional doctors until you get the Dr. House-like Dr. Najjar or his team who figures it out. FYI, Mt. Sinai Hospital researchers are currently conducting a study--independent of this movie but timely!--to report to their profession the high percentage of autoimmune encephalopathy patients who are incorrectly diagnosed with psychological disorders before eventually getting the autoimmune encephalopathy diagnosis and treatment. We recommend this movie especially to anyone interested in the diagnosis process and medical mysteries.


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