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Stonehearst Asylum (2014)

Eliza Graves (original title)
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An Oxford graduate takes up a job in a mental asylum, only to discover that the "revolutionary" new treatments are inhumane, and that there is more going on than meets the eye.

Director:

Brad Anderson

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (based on a short story by), Joe Gangemi (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Beckinsale ... Eliza Graves
Jim Sturgess ... Edward Newgate
David Thewlis ... Mickey Finn
Brendan Gleeson ... The Alienist
Ben Kingsley ... Silas Lamb
Michael Caine ... Benjamin Salt
Jason Flemyng ... Swanwick
Sophie Kennedy Clark ... Millie
Sinéad Cusack ... Mrs. Pike
Edmund Kingsley ... Charles Graves
Robert Hands Robert Hands ... Elegant Lady
Ciara Flynn ... Farmer's Daughter
Christopher Fulford ... Paxton
Andrew Dallmeyer Andrew Dallmeyer ... Jeremiah
Guillaume Delaunay ... Arthur Timbs
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Storyline

A couple of days before 1899 Christmas, the Oxford new graduate Dr. Edward Newgate arrives at the Stonehearst Asylum to complete training for his specialty of asylum medicine. He is met by armed men who take him to Dr. Silas Lamb, who welcomes his help and takes him under his wing. Edward is shocked to see the methods that Dr. Lamb uses to run this asylum. He becomes infatuated with Eliza Graves, one of the patients who is a lady of status and does not seem to belong. One night, Edward overhears a knocking from the bowels of the facility and is shocked to find that everything is not as it seems in this place and that his uneasy feelings may be justified. What will Edward Choose? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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No one is what they seem.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing and violent images, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stonehearst Asylum See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Dr. Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess) is dining the first night in the asylum, he points out the irony of the groundskeepers name, Mickey Finn (David Thewlis) and the reference to slipping someone a Mickey, a drug in their drink. The term "slip someone a Mickey" was most likely coined after a real man named Mickey Finn from Chicago, Illinois, who, in 1903 was arrested when it surfaced that he would drug and rob patrons of his inn. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, it is stated that the year is 1899. However, at the dinner party, Newgate makes a joke about the character Mickey Finn's name and its association to "knockout drops." The real Mickey Finn, a Chicago bartender known for putting knockout drops in his patrons' drinks, was not caught in this activity until 1903 and the phrase did not enter common usage in America for at least another decade. See more »

Quotes

Edward Newgate: You're mad!
Silas Lamb: We're all mad Dr. Newgate. Some are simply not mad enough to admit it.
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Featured in The Making of 'Stonehearst Asylum' (2014) See more »

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Dansons la Gigue
Music by Paul Bonneau
Lyrics by Paul Verlaine
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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Highly underrated movie, surprisingly smart and will keep you wanting more
8 December 2014 | by mbarnard-sminiSee all my reviews

I only watched this movie because it had the word "Asylum" in the title (Honestly - I just hoped it would have some Arkham Asylum type crazies in it). I did not have high expectations when I started watching this movie...

Was I pleasantly surprised - it was a GREAT movie and I almost wanted to watch it again. I liked the characters and their stories, the setting as well as well as the plot twist at the end.

I must however point out that the fact that the movie description/summary I read contained a key spoiler - this did not spoil the movie for me, but I would have enjoyed the film even more had I not known certain details.

I thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic movie and I was a little bit sad when it ended.


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