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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Helena Bonham Carter ... Eleanor Riese
Hilary Swank ... Colette Hughes
Jeffrey Tambor ... Mort Cohen
Douglas Reith ... Judge Raymonf
Johan Heldenbergh ... Robert
Tim Plester ... Robbie
Michael Culkin ... Judge Farelly
Richard Riddell ... Arno
Jonathan Kerrigan ... Dr. Bardy
Vincent Riotta Vincent Riotta ... James Adams
Tim Ahern Tim Ahern ... Radio Host
Doreen Mantle ... Eleanor's Mother
AnnaCorey ... Tiff - Jogger
Richard Laing ... Ben Clandon
Anneika Rose ... Margie
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Storyline

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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Biography | Drama

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

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Country:

Germany | Belgium

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 2018 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Eleanor and Colett See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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EUR7,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The story was first mentioned to Helena Bonham Carter 13 years ago, with Helena playing the role of Collette and Susan Sarandon playing Eleanor. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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A "worthy" film elevated by a masterful performance
27 October 2018 | by ozjosh03See all my reviews

Inevitably, some will avoid a film about mental illness and patients' rights for fear of it being "worthy" or "depressing". And, sure, this is undoubtedly the kind of story that used to be packaged for "disease of the week" telemovies. What elevates "55 Steps" above that lowly status is an extraordinary performance by Helena Bonham Carter as Eleanor Riese. It's not only a detailed, sensitive and touching portrayal of a woman with mental illness, but a smart, masterful exercise in calibrating a performance that balances both drama and comedy so that a difficult and potentially alienating subject becomes entertaining and ultimately uplifting. It takes an actor with incredible skill and range to pull off such a feat, and Bonham Carter is one of only a handful who could do it. That in the past few years she's also convincingly played roles as disparate as Elizabeth Taylor and Madame Thenardier demonstrates what a remarkable actor HBC has become. But this may be her best performance yet. Well worth seeing.


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