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Girl, Interrupted

Catch Girl, Interrupted on Sunday, May 13 @ 5:30P | 4:30C, and stay tuned for the enhanced version at 8P | 7C!Girli_stl_62_h_3

Although Winona Ryder turned in a critically acclaimed performance in this gripping drama, her co-star garnered the most media attention. Supporting player Angelina Jolie took home an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance as "Lisa."

The Synopsis: After being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, 18-year-old Susanna (Winona Ryder) finds herself committed to Claymore Hospital, a psychiatric institution. Susanna slowly acclimates to her new surroundings, and begins to probe her own shaky psyche with the help of her psychiatrist (Vanessa Redgrave) and an empathetic nurse (Whoopi Goldberg). This adaptation of Susanna Kaysen’s memoir canvases her experiences as an institutionalized teen.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Girl, Interrupted

1. The psychiatric institution that author Susanna Kaysen checked herself into in real life was McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. Sylvia Plath, Ray Charles and James Taylor all spent time inside its walls.

2. The film’s title is taken from the Vermeer painting “Girl, Interrupted At Her Music.”

3. When Winona Ryder was 20, she checked herself into a psychiatric ward for a few days – but left when she realized, “No matter how much you pay some hospital or doctor, they can’t fix you. You have to figure it out for yourself.”

4. After Ryder read Girl, Interrupted, she immediately tried to buy the book rights. Discovering that they had already been optioned by producer Doug Wick, she went to him and convinced him to allow her to co-produce and star in the film.

5. Ryder: “I sort of fell madly in love with the book. I hadn’t read anything like that – something so brutally honest without being self-indulgent – since I read J.D. Salinger.”

6. Ryder worked on getting the movie made for 6 years before succeeding.

7. Writer-director James Mangold structured the screenplay by borrowing elements from the film versions of The Wizard of Oz and Slaughterhouse-Five.

8. Mangold wrote the part of ‘Lisa’ as a “fantasy,” never believing he’d find an actress skilled enough to embody her fully. When he met Angelina Jolie, he immediately knew the search was over. “It was one of the most profoundly brilliant cold readings by an actress that I’ve ever seen,” said Mangold.

9. All of the scenes in the mental institution were shot in a real psychiatric ward at Harrisburg State Hospital in Pennsylvania.

10. The tunnels in the film really existed under the hospital. In 1851, when the hospital was built, doctors believed that cold temperatures could make mental illnesses worse, so they moved patients from ward to ward through underground passages.

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