Girl, Interrupted (2000)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Winona Ryder Susanna Kaysen
Angelina Jolie Lisa Rowe
Clea DuVall Georgina Tuskin (as Clea Duvall)
Brittany Murphy Daisy Randone
Elisabeth Moss Polly 'Torch' Clark
Jared Leto Tobias 'Toby' Jacobs
Jeffrey Tambor Dr. Melvin Potts
Vanessa Redgrave Dr. Sonia Wick
Whoopi Goldberg Valerie Owens, RN
Angela Bettis Janet Webber
Jillian Armenante Cynthia Crowley
Drucie McDaniel M.G.
Alison Claire Nurse Gretta
Christina Myers Nurse Margie
Joanna Kerns Annette Kaysen
Travis Fine Nurse John
Gloria Barnhart Older Catatonic
Josie Gammell Mrs. McWilley
Bruce Altman Prof. Gilcrest
Mary Kay Place Barbara Gilcrest
Ray Baker Carl Kaysen
Kadee Strickland Bonnie Gilcrest (as KaDee Strickland)
Christian Monroe Ronny
Kurtwood Smith Dr. Crumble
David Scott Taylor Monty Hoover (Cabby)
Janet Pryce E.R. Nurse
C. Scott Grimaldi E.R. Resident
Ginny Graham Arleen
Richard Domeier Art Teacher
John Kirkman Jack
Sally Bowman Maureen
Misha Collins Tony
John Lumia Van Driver
Marilyn Brett Italian Shop Keeper
Henry Alex Rubin Josh (as Alex Rubin)
Marilyn Spanier Miss Plimack
Linda Gilvear Miss Paisley
Allen Strange Principal
Spencer Gates British Teacher
Rebecca Derrick Lillian
Movie Details
Genre Drama
Director James Mangold
Producer Cathy Konrad; Douglas Wick; Lisa Loomer; James Mangold; Anna Hamilton Phelan
Writer Susanna Kaysen; James Mangold; Lisa Loomer; Anna Hamilton Phelan
Studio Sony Pictures Entertainment
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 127 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Based on Susanna Kaysen's acclaimed journal-memoir, Girl, Interrupted bears inevitable resemblance to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and pale comparison to that earlier classic is impossible to avoid. The mental institution settings of both films guarantee a certain degree of déjà vu and at least one Oscar winner (in this case, Angelina Jolie), since playing a loony is any actor's dream gig. Unfortunately, director James Mangold seems to have misplaced the depth and delicacy of his underrated debut, Heavy, despite a great deal of earnest effort by everyone involved. It's easy to see why Winona Ryder chose to star in (and executive-produce) this nearly worthy adaptation of Kaysen's book, since it's a strong vehicle for female casting and potent drama. Mangold certainly got the former; whether he succeeded with the latter is not so clear.

To be sure, Ryder conveys the confusion and chaos that signified Kaysen's life during nearly 18 months of voluntary institutionalization beginning in 1967. But the film seems too eager to embrace the cliché that the "crazies" of the Claymoore women's ward are saner than the war-torn world outside, and lack of narrative focus gives way to semipredictable character study. Susanna (Ryder) is labeled with "borderline personality disorder," a diagnosis as ambiguous as her own emotions, and while Jolie chews the scenery as the resident bad-girl sociopath, Ryder effectively conveys an odyssey from vulnerable fear to self-awareness and, finally, to healing. The ensemble cast is uniformly superb, making this drama well worthwhile, even as it treads familiar territory. If it ultimately lacks dramatic impact, Girl, Interrupted makes it painfully clear that the boundaries of dysfunction are hazy in a world where everyone's crazy once in a while. --Jeff Shannon

Personal Details
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Index 182
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 043396047464
Chapters 28
Release Date 2003
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
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