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Asylum (1997)

A private investigator, mentally disturbed by his father's suicide, goes undercover in a mental institution to discover the murderer of a friend who was a doctor at the clinic.

Director:

James Seale

Writer:

James Seale
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Patrick ... Nicholas Tordone
Karl Bury ... Jake
Tom Poster Tom Poster ... Acting Instructor
Deborah Worthing Deborah Worthing ... Amanda
Rebecca Rothstein Rebecca Rothstein ... Hospital Receptionist
Adam Gierasch ... Ronald Briggs
Peter Brown ... Dr. Frank Meyers
Irwin Keyes ... Screaming Patient
Jason Schombing ... Tommy Baylor
Malcolm McDowell ... Sullivan Rane / Doc
Robert Ford Robert Ford ... Neckbrace Guy
Debra Wilson ... Belinda Davis
Elise Rothberg Elise Rothberg ... Davis Receptionist
Alan Charof ... Dominic
Jon Huffman ... Dr. Carl Bradley
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A private investigator, mentally disturbed by his father's suicide, goes undercover in a mental institution to discover the murderer of a friend who was a doctor at the clinic. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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An edge-of-your-seat thriller See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asilo See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Connections

Remake of Shock Corridor (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballada, op. 15
and "Nocturne, op. 402
Composed by Antonín Dvorák
from Czech Mate, produced by Kirsten Fife
Performed by Kirsten Fife and Paul DaSilva
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An unintentional laugh-fest...
2 October 2002 | by metalvetSee all my reviews

If you're the kind that likes watching bad movies (for instance, if you enjoyed "The Postman" in only the most ironic sense), this is a keeper. A ridiculous script is only the start, and you also get Robert Patrick staying in the laxest insane asylum in the world (undercover in the guise of a patient, he seemingly has no problems at all finding access to the staff's private fax machines, computers, satellite dishes, etc.), develops a drippy camraderie with a fellow inmate that leads to some of the more strained, "heartfelt" moments of the film, and a ridiculous character by Acting's own Prince of Ever-Diminishing Returns, Malcolm McDowell. Reviewing this film makes me feel like I'm admonishing the dog for peeing on the rug. "For shame! Bad, bad, bad..."


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