55 Steps is based on the life of Eleanor Riese, a patient who sued for her right to refuse antipsychotic medication. Eleanor Riese was diagnosed with schizophrenia when she was 25. At the time of the trial in 1989, she was 44 and had been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for several years preceding her case. During her stay at St. Mary's Hospital in San Fransisco, she developed physical symptoms caused by antipsychotic medication to which she did not consent.
I first met Eleanor Riese as her lawyer, but soon - because Eleanor was Eleanor - Eleanor became my friend. And soon, because Eleanor was Eleanor, she became my protector, guardian, my worst critic, and my greatest support.
Movie is set in 80's. During one scene, jogger is running through park with Pistons #33 Jersey., which was Grant Hill's Jersey. Grant Hill didn't start playing though until 1994.