R | | Biography, Drama
Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the late 1960s.
Due to its prevalence of strong female roles, many young actresses of the era sought to be a part of this film. Reese Witherspoon, Rose McGowan, Kate Hudson, Christina Ricci, Katie Holmes, Gretchen Mol, Alicia Witt and Alanis Morissette all auditioned for unspecified roles, while Clea DuVall replaced Sarah Polley after she fell out of negotiations, and Brittany Murphy replaced Leelee Sobieski, who quit the project due to scheduling conflicts.
Have you ever confused a dream with life? Or stolen something when you have the cash? Have you ever been blue? Or thought your train moving while sitting still? Maybe I was just crazy. Maybe it was the 60s. Or maybe I was just a girl... interrupted.
Susanna's signature changes when she is admitted to the hospital. The "S" and the last "a" in "Susanna" are clearly different after she has asked if her parents should sign the form.
Director James Mangold states in the DVD commentary that the original cut was three hours long. This version has not been shown publicly nor released on any media; however, the DVD contains 15 minutes of the scenes deleted from the final cut.
$95,399 26 December 1999
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