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55 Steps (2017)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 3 May 2018 (Germany)
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When patients' rights lawyer Colette Hughes goes to meet her new client, Eleanor Riese, a patient in the psychiatric unit of a San Francisco hospital, she has no idea that besides taking on... See full summary »

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Bille August

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Mark Bruce Rosin (as Mark Rosin)
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Credited cast:
Helena Bonham Carter ... Eleanor Riese
Hilary Swank ... Colette Hughes
Jeffrey Tambor ... Mort Cohen
Tim Plester ... Robbie
Jonathan Kerrigan ... Dr. Bardy
Michael Culkin ... Judge Farelly
Richard Riddell Richard Riddell ... Arno
Doreen Mantle ... Eleanor's Mother
Douglas Reith ... Judge Raymonf
Johan Heldenbergh ... Robert
Vincent Riotta Vincent Riotta ... James Adams
Anneika Rose ... Margie
Tim Ahern ... Radio Host
AnnaCorey ... Tiff - Jogger
Richard Laing ... Ben Clandon
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When patients' rights lawyer Colette Hughes goes to meet her new client, Eleanor Riese, a patient in the psychiatric unit of a San Francisco hospital, she has no idea that besides taking on an uphill legal battle to improve treatment for mental patients in hospitals, she is meeting a woman who will make it her mission to transform Colette's workaholic life.

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements/disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Eleanor Riese died on April 6, 1991, of a kidney infection resulting from the side effects of antipsychotic medication. She was 47 years old. See more »

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Movie is set in 80's. During one scene, jogger is running through park with Pistons #33 Jersey., which was Grant Hill's Jersey. Grant Hill didn't start playing though until 1994. See more »

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Colette Hughes: I first met Eleanor Riese as her lawyer, but soon - because Eleanor was Eleanor - Eleanor became my friend. And soon, because Eleanor was Eleanor, she became my protector, guardian, my worst critic, and my greatest support.
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An important movie about patient rights, and the lack of them
1 June 2019 | by Sasha_LaurenSee all my reviews

55 STEPS (2017)

I was drawn to this movie because of the topic of patient safety; I found it hard to watch because the film felt like it tried too hard to tug at viewers emotions and the main character seemed exaggerated to me, but I did cry at the end, so something worked.

I am inspired by this real life story and incredibly saddened at the same time: the fact that doctors cover for the medical/pharmaceutical industrial complex is one that pains me every day. I applaud the efforts of Eleanor Riese and her lawyers, who I view as heroes, but how far have we come? Informed consent and a patient's right to choose is still violated across the board in the medical field every day, which is why I'm so busy working hard on these issues.


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3 May 2018 (Germany) See more »

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San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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EUR7,500,000 (estimated)
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