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Cracked Up (2018)

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In Cracked Up we witness the effects adverse childhood experiences can have across a lifetime through the incredible story of actor, comedian, master impressionist and Saturday Night Live ... See full summary »

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Michelle Esrick
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Credited cast:
Darrell Hammond ... Self
Larry Laskowski ... Self - Darrell's Friend
Lorne Michaels ... Self - Creator, Saturday Night Live
Steve Higgins ... Self - Producer, Saturday Night Live
Nabil Kotbi ... Self - Assoc. Professor of Clinical Psychiatry (as Nabil Kotbi MD)
Bessel van der Kolk ... Self - Author, The Body Keeps the Score (as Bessel van der Kolk MD)
Whoopi Goldberg ... Self
Louie Zakarian Louie Zakarian ... Self - Makeup Artist
Elizabeth Stein ... Self - Writer
Christopher Ashley ... Self - Director
Kip Holden Kip Holden ... Self - Mayor, Baton Rouge
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Truman Capote ... Self (archive footage)
Bill Clinton ... Self (archive footage)
Margaret Hammond ... Self - Darrell's Mother (archive footage)
Max Hammond ... Self - Darrell's Father (archive footage)
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In Cracked Up we witness the effects adverse childhood experiences can have across a lifetime through the incredible story of actor, comedian, master impressionist and Saturday Night Live veteran, Darrell Hammond. Behind the scenes Darrell suffered from debilitating flashbacks, self injury, addiction and misdiagnosis, until the right doctor isolated the key to unlocking the memories his brain kept locked away for over 50 years. Cracked Up, director Michelle Esrick, creates an inspiring balance between comedy and tragedy helping us understand the impact of toxic stress and childhood trauma in a new light, breaking down barriers of stigma and replacing shame with compassion and hope.

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The Worst Crime is Being Expected Not to Tell

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Honest look at childhood trauma
6 May 2020 | by sue-534See all my reviews

Darrell Hammond's story of a survivor of childhood trauma really resonated with me.

I like how he says, "I won. But I hobble." That pretty much sums up how it feels as we get older and live with our childhood trauma. It's not a matter of stuffing it away, or crying it out, or forgetting about it.

Being hurt by the very people we thought were there to protect us causes the brain to rewire, to try to make sense of what is happening.

This film is so powerful, moving, and sometimes funny, Darrell is a comedian.

We hear about some of the specific events that happened to him and can only imagine others. We learn how he lived with it, coped with it and has come to terms with it. He talks about medications, doctors, and his personal demons.

It brought me to tears.

A few of the more memorable lines from "Cracked UP"

"If you want to stay alive you have to come up with something." "You have to forgive yourself for the way you tried to take care of yourself." "To wake up one morning and bot be scared, wow." "Your disrespecting me devastate me. But -- is the world gonna end?"


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13 September 2019 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,310, 15 September 2019

Gross USA:

$9,197

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,197
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