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Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (2019)

TV-14 | | Thriller | TV Movie 19 January 2019
A young journalist looks behind the curtain of a nearby mental hospital, only to uncover the grim and gruesome acts they bestow upon their "patients".


Karen Moncrieff


Helen Childress
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Ricci ... Nellie Bly
Judith Light ... Matron Grady
Josh Bowman ... Dr. Josiah
Anja Savcic ... Lottie
Mark Hildreth ... Bats
Nikki Duval ... Nurse Fenton
Tamara Gorski ... Tilly
Paul Essiembre ... Joseph Pulitzer
Sharon Bajer Sharon Bajer ... Nurse Grupe
Lauren Cochrane ... Nurse Lila
Muriel Hogue Muriel Hogue ... Damaris
Johise Namwira ... Johari
Joyce Krenz ... Delilah
Harry Nelken Harry Nelken ... Whiskered Doctor
Chris Sigurdson Chris Sigurdson ... Merchant
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A young journalist looks behind the curtain of a nearby mental hospital, only to uncover the grim and gruesome acts they bestow upon their "patients".

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This movie is based on Nellie Bly's book, "Ten Days in A Mad-House," which was published in 1887. The book details her experiences while living undercover at Bellevue Hospital, a women's insane asylum on Blackwell's Island, New York, for ten days. The assignment to fake insanity and study a mental institution from within had been given to her by Joseph Pulitzer. She documented that the living conditions and treatment of the mental patients were dreadful. Bly wrote: "The insane asylum on Blackwell's Island is a human rat-trap. It is easy to get in, but once there, it is impossible to get out." See more »

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good but it could be better
16 August 2019 | by realart_dsSee all my reviews

A decent movie, much more could be done with this story, one would expect to experience the anguish and despair of attempt after attempt to escape, from an agony in life, but it was too subtle and smooth how this story took, good costumes good atmosphere of time but the important thing story leaves much to be desired. perhaps another director a little more involved in psychological or horror plots would have given a better line to the story.

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19 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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