I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)

Pretty and privileged Deborah is, at the age of 16, a borderline schizophrenic who spends most of her waking hours in a bizarre fantasy realm. After a suicide attempt, she lands in a mental institution, where the hostile environment threatens to destabilize her condition even further. It’s only through the focused attention of the sympathetic Dr. Fried that Deborah is gradually able to distinguish between dreams and reality again. Based very loosely on the intricate novel by Joanne Greenberg.

Director: Anthony Page.
Stars: Kathleen Quinlan, Bibi Andersson, Ben Piazza, Lorraine Gary, Martine Bartlett, Margo Ann Berdeshevsky, Darlene Craviotto, Reni Santoni, Susan Tyrrell, Signe Hasso, Norman Alden, Sylvia Sidney, Dennis Quaid, Karin Collison (as Elizabeth Dartmoor), Robert Viharo, Diane Varsi, Helen Verbit, Lynne Marie Stewart, Carol Worthington, Mary Carver, Clint Howard, Jeff Conaway, Paul Jenkins.

ACADEMY AWARDS – Nominated for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.
GOLDEN GLOBES – Nominated for Best Motion Picture, Drama.
GOLDEN GLOBES – Nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama, Kathleen Quinlan.


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