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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)

A disturbed,institutionalized 16-year-old girl struggles between fantasy and reality.

Director:

Anthony Page

Writers:

Joanne Greenberg (novel) (as Hannah Green), Gavin Lambert (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathleen Quinlan ... Deborah Blake
Bibi Andersson ... Dr. Fried
Ben Piazza ... Jay Blake
Lorraine Gary ... Ester Blake
Martine Bartlett ... Secret Wife
Margo Ann Berdeshevsky Margo Ann Berdeshevsky ... Drawing Patient
Darlene Craviotto Darlene Craviotto ... Carla
Reni Santoni ... Hobbs
Susan Tyrrell ... Lee
Signe Hasso ... Helene
Norman Alden ... McPherson
Sylvia Sidney ... Miss Coral
Dennis Quaid ... Shark, Baseball Pitcher
Karin Collison ... Nurse (as Elizabeth Dartmoor)
Robert Viharo ... Anterrabae
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Storyline

Based very loosely on the intricate novel by Joanne Greenberg. A young woman's devotion to a childhood fantasy kingdom has taken over her entire life and causes her endless pain and degradation. Placed in a mental hospital, she has the great good fortune to have a truly caring therapist who tries to help her accept reality, even though reality isn't so great either. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@bluemarble.net>

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Taglines:

The Best Selling Novel Is Now a Triumphant New Film

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1977 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1970, it was announced as a co-starring vehicle for Liza Minnelli and Estelle Parsons. See more »

Goofs

In the New Year's party scene, Deborah is seen with loose hair talking to Dr. Fried and then there is close-up of Deborah with her hair pulled back from her forehead. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Fried: You created these gods & you can destroy them. You're stronger than they are. If you give up Yri, you'll be able to feel in this world. Don't call off the fight, Deborah, you can win. You are strong enough, but YOU have to make the choice.
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Connections

Referenced in Will & Grace: I Never Promised You an Olive Garden (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Singing the Greens
Written by Susan Tyrrell and Georg Michalski
Performed by Susan Tyrrell
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"You won't cure me with words, Doctor"
27 November 2010 | by BERSERKERpoetrySee all my reviews

This isn't a film that always works, but when it does, it finds its way so deep under your skin that the pain is surprising. The acting is what stands above everything else here. I suppose I'd seen Kathleen Quinlan before, but I can't say I've ever really noticed her. Maybe it's because she's so young, so human here that it stands out amongst everything else she did before and after this. Her performance is wild, heartbreaking, intensely realized. Other performances, like Bibi Andersson, are great, but not as essential as Quinlan.

This is ground that has been covered with perhaps more consistency (in a cinematic sense) with films like "Girl, Interrupted" but never with the same emotional depth as here. Anthony Page makes a lot of strange, even bad directorial decisions perhaps, but he captures a crazed, uneasy tone in the cinematography and performances that brings it all together. The only odd points are the off-center dreams/hallucination sequences and out-of-place soundtrack. If you can overlook these, this is a truly great film. It really tore my heart out.


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