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?
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
No one is what they seem.
Motion Picture Rating
Rated PG-13 for disturbing and violent images, sexual content and language
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Did You Know?
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
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
We're all mad Dr. Newgate. Some are simply not mad enough to admit it.
Dansons la Gigue
Music by Paul Bonneau
Lyrics by Paul Verlaine
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