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Crazy as Hell (2002)

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A famous psychiatrist (Ty Adams) takes on the job of trying to cure patients at the Sedah State Hospital, run by its folksy doctor (Sam Delazo). All this takes a strange turn when a ... See full summary »

Director:

Eriq La Salle

Writers:

Jeremy Leven (novel), Jeremy Leven (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Beach ... Ty Adams
Ronny Cox ... Delazo
Sinbad ... Orderly
Jane Carr ... Nurse Danza
Shelley Robertson ... Veda
Khylan Jones Khylan Jones ... Brianna
Twink Caplan ... Suzanne
John C. McGinley ... Parker
David Backus David Backus ... Todd
Matthew A. Thomas Matthew A. Thomas ... Stretch McGuffin (as Matt Thomas)
William Bassett ... Mr. Brennan
Jim Ortlieb ... Mr. Tobin
Roberta Haze Roberta Haze ... Ms. Aslee
Tom Everett ... Mansell
Ray Xifo ... Selden
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Storyline

A famous psychiatrist (Ty Adams) takes on the job of trying to cure patients at the Sedah State Hospital, run by its folksy doctor (Sam Delazo). All this takes a strange turn when a mysterious patient (Satan, he calls himself) enters the Hospital seeking help. Or is it just help that he wants? Written by Anonymous

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Welcome to Sedah State Hospital. Meet the Patient from Hell. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexual content, violent images and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crazy as hell See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,341, 29 September 2002

Gross USA:

$21,679

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,679
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Eriq LaSalle and Michael Beach previously co-starred together on ER See more »

Quotes

Ty Adams: Do you believe in the Devil?
Nurse Danza: Of course I do, I work for him.
Ty Adams: All right, well, if you could ask the Devil one question, what would it be?
Nurse Danza: It would be, why do the doctors around here insist on driving me crazier than the patients do?
Ty Adams: Nevermind.
Nurse Danza: Okay.
Ty Adams: Sorry.
Nurse Danza: Fine. I'd ask him why he spends all his time punishing sinners, that he's supposed to adore, to make a point to a God, that he's supposed to despise.
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Connections

References The Seventh Seal (1957) See more »

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Written by Keb' Mo' (as Kevin Moore)
Performed by Keb' Mo'
Courtesy of Okeh / Epic Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Hard to criticize
25 July 2002 | by deproductionSee all my reviews

The first thing that struck me about this film was how trite and over-simplified much of the subject matter was. At first it bothered me; the characters were pretty two-dimensional and the patients in the mental ward seemed very unrealistic. The whole movie took on a superficial and untrue feel that left me uninvolved and failed to suspend my disbelief. However, as the film goes on, you realize this may be on purpose. The film takes on a Lynch-ian feel that culminates in an ending that clearly explains why everything was so simple, shallow, and "perfect". I appreciate Eriq for not shoving the ending down our throat. He is obviously talented and deserves recognition for following through with a film that failed to get support from Hollywood because it isn't a cookie-cutter re-make of the films that Black film-makers continue to crank out. On the other hand, the story wasn't particularly unique either. It very much reminded me of a low-budget "Jacob's Ladder" with a simpler story-line and much more limited production resources. Eriq LaSalle is a great human being with enormous talent and, more importantly, a great perspective on what is important in life. He isn't quite willing to play into the Hollywood system, and although you couldn't tell from this film, he seems to understand the powerful role his artform can play in lifting up (or keeping down) his people. I respect him immensely and I expect great things from him in the future.


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