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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...

Director:

Lynne Littman

Writer:

Jane Shepard
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Cast

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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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 2007 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Grad nakaza See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada

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Color
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Goofs

Throughout the movie, Lenny feels around with his hands the way sighted people do. Because of the significant role fingertips play to blind people, they learn to approach objects with backs of their hands in order to protect their fingertips from damage since there's no telling what they might stumble upon. See more »

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When Sunny Gets Blue
Written by Marvin Fisher and Jack Segal
Performed by Natalie Cole
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IT WASN'T A MOVIE I WATCHED - IT WAS SOME PEOPLES LIVES I SAW!
27 February 2000 | by DoddanSee all my reviews

IT WASN'T A MOVIE I WATCHED - IT WAS SOME PEOPLES LIVES I SAW! I think Freak City is an amazing movie. All the actors made their absolutely best. How easy is it to act someone who is so completely different? That question been made up in my mind during the time I saw the film. It is after a movie like this you can see which people who are good actors or not. An actor I think is really great in the film is Peter Sarsgaard as Cal. I think his role is really difficult to play. He made a fantastic job in the movie and he is very real and believable. I recommend this movie to all kind of persons. The movie is even funny in some scenes. I think the film would be seen by more people in the world, it is really a GREAT movie.


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