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The movie Asylum was based on the book Asylum.

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Movie details for Asylum

The movie was released in 2005 and directed by David Mackenzie. Asylum was produced by Paramount Home Video. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.

Actors on this movie include Natasha Richardson, Hugh Bonneville, Gus Lewis, Ian McKellen, Joss Ackland, Wanda Ventham, Sara Thurston, Alwyne Taylor, Maria Aitken, Hazel Douglas, Anna Keaveney, Marton Csokas, Robert Willox, Judy Parfitt, Sean Harris, Andy de la Tour, Roy Boyd, Rhydian Jones, Nick Chadwin and Veronica Fairhurst.

 

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Asylum stars Natasha Richardson in an unsettling psychological thriller about the repressed, 1950s wife of a psychiatrist (Hugh Bonneville) and her affair with a convicted killer (Marton Csokas). Stella (Richardson), Max (Bonneville), and their son Charli... Read More
Asylum stars Natasha Richardson in an unsettling psychological thriller about the repressed, 1950s wife of a psychiatrist (Hugh Bonneville) and her affair with a convicted killer (Marton Csokas). Stella (Richardson), Max (Bonneville), and their son Charlie (Gus Lewis, who played the young Bruce Wayne in Batman Beyond) move to a high-security psychiatric hospital, where the priggish Max joins the staff and hopes to ascend, in time, to the top spot, replacing the soon-to-retire hospital director (Joss Ackland). Standing in Max's way is another doctor, Cleave (Ian McKellen), who takes a quiet yet somehow sinister interest in unhappy Stella's apparent attraction to Edgar (Csokas), a connection that will lead to more than one sorrowful end. Based on a novel by Patrick McGrath (who adapted his own Spider into the screenplay for David Cronenberg's 2002 film), Asylum is directed by David Mackenzie (Young Adam) with a subtle but growing apprehension of manipulated destiny in Cleave's hands. (It's hard not to think of Cleave as a villainous puppetmaster in Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse universe.) There are times when one might be tempted to dismiss Asylum as too opaque in its explanation for why Stella does the often wretched things she does. But patience is well rewarded: It takes full running time of the movie for the story's complete design to become clear. --Tom Keogh

Book details for Asylum

Asylum was written by Patrick McGrath. The book was published in 1996 by PENGUIN. More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

Patrick McGrath also wrote The Grotesque (1989) and Spider (1990).

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