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Freak City (1999)

After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a rebellious young woman is disease-stricken. Upon being admitted to a nursing home, she finds hope in the most unlikely of places...

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Lynne Littman

Writer:

Jane Shepard
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Credited cast:
Samantha Mathis ... Ruth Ellison
Natalie Cole ... Eleanor Sorrell
Marlee Matlin ... Cassandra
Peter Sarsgaard ... Cal Jackson
Jonathan Silverman ... Lenny Stanapolous
Estelle Parsons ... Mrs. Stanapolous
Eve Crawford Eve Crawford ... Nurse Veronica
Janet Lo ... Nurse Fran
Karen Robinson ... Nurse Jan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nola Augustson ... Evelyn Lissard
Rodger Barton Rodger Barton ... Tom Lissard
Anne Bellamy Anne Bellamy ... Grandma
Kurt Brunus Kurt Brunus ... John Sorrell
Sergio Di Zio ... Leo Berman
Rosemary Dunsmore ... Mary Manmouth
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Freak City tells the moving story of a young woman, played by Samantha Mathis, who is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and is institutionalized by her family. Alone and feeling abandoned she struggles to regain her sense of dignity and independence by bonding with a wide assortment of fellow patients. Other residents at the home include Jonathan Silverman as a blind man, Marlee Maitlin, a slightly retarded woman, and singer-actress Natalie Cole as a blues singer injured in an accident and left with severe mental and emotional challenges. Working together they share many funny and sometimes bittersweet moments and celebrate overcoming their challenges as a family brought together by circumstance. Written by Anonymous

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English

Release Date:

25 February 2007 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Grad nakaza See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada

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Showtime Networks See more »
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Color
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When Ruth is leaving Cal's room after kissing, she pulls her blouse over her shoulders twice. See more »

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Two Bad Boys
Written by Hank Ballard
Performed by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters (as Hank Ballard and The Midnighters) With Joe Esposito
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Terrible waste of good idea, and good talent.
20 April 1999 | by Doctor_BombaySee all my reviews

We try not to think about a time when me might be no longer self sufficient. If we do ponder the future, I suspect most of us just think one day we'll be living, the next day we won't. No muss no fuss.

It would be too humiliating to be dependent, too embarrassing, particularly if you are still young, and young at heart. Ruth Ellison (Samantha Mathis) is a young rebellious girl, whose immediate family is gone, all but her grandmother, with whom she lives. Ruth suffers from MS and is confined to a wheelchair. When her grandmother dies one day, what remains of the normalcy in her life goes with her death, and Ruth is forcibly confined to an in-patient care facility; housing physically and mentally challenged of all ages. Can you imagine?

'Freak City' is not a traditional name, nor is it a name that generally would attract filmgoers. That this film shows a lot of early promise, then totally self-destructs halfway through is no surprise. It completely comes off the rails.

A waste of a good cast, including Marlee Matlin, and we get so little chance to see her anymore. Such a shame.


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