Out of Darkness (1994)


This is story of Paulie Cooper, a former med student who becomes ill with paranoid schizophrenia and loses 18 years of her life due to the sickness. After her release from a mental ward Paulie struggles to rebuild her life with help from doctors, nurses and a new experimental medicine drug that would help aid her back to health.

Director: Larry Elikann.
Stars: Diana Ross, Ann Weldon, Rhonda Stubbins, Beah Richards, Carl Lumbly, Chasiti Hampton, Maura Tierney, John Marshall Jones, Rusty Gray, Lindsay Crouse, Juanita Jennings, Patricia Idlette.

1995 Golden Globes –¬†Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television¬†(Diana Ross)


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  1. September 15, 2019

    Diana Ross is phenomenal in this story of a woman who struggles to overcome paranoid schizophrenia. In fact the entire cast is excellent. The portrayal of the illness and its effects on her family is very realistic and heartbreaking. Thanks Jon, for making this criminally overlooked TV movie available.

  2. Kayla
    September 20, 2019

    Thank you so much!!

  3. Lila
    December 23, 2019

    Although this film was made in 1994, it is so relevant today. This film should be available for students learning about schizophrenia, as well as families struggling with loved ones who are diagnosed. Thank you for having this film available.

    August 6, 2021

    Every single person in this effort — including Miss Ross — is Top Drawer; the acting is superb right down the line. The immaculate direction wisely stays focused on the matter at hand and avoids the usual treacly sentiment often used to soften the edges of the ‘discomfort’ of such related TV fare. I never knew about this telefilm until today and I am truly enriched and newly informed for having stumbled upon it and watched it. Thank you, Jon, for this incredible post.

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