Asylum (2005)

Asylum
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating R
Runtime 1hr 33mins.
Genres Adaptation, Action, Thriller, Period
Keywords 1950s, mental illness, novel, prison, psychological
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Jonathan Scott Unit Production Manager n/a 182 5000001
Patrick O'Donoghue Production Manager n/a 305 5000002
Peter Agnew Assistant Director n/a 163 5000003
Patrick McGrath Source Material (from novel: "Asylum") 120786 4000004
Patrick Marber Screenplay (2nd rewrite) 120778 4000002
Chris Curling Executive Producer n/a 174 3000011
John Buchanan Executive Producer n/a 174 3000012
David Collins Co-Producer n/a 170 3000013
Simon Downes Assistant Director n/a 163 5000004
Giles Nuttgens Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Priscilla John Casting n/a 179 10000001
Michelle Manning Studio Executive n/a 120875 11000001
Consolata Boyle Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Philip Barber Art Director n/a 183 9000002
Laurence Dorman Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Colin Monie Editor n/a 172 7000001
Steven Weisberg Editor n/a 172 7000002
Mark Mancina Original Score n/a 120839 8000001
Bruce McNall Executive Producer n/a 174 3000010
Steven Markoff Executive Producer n/a 174 3000009
Joss Ackland Actor Jack Straffen 1 1000007
Gus Lewis Actor Charlie Raphael 1 1000008
Wanda Ventham Actor Bridie Straffen 1 1000009
Judy Parfitt Actor Brenda Raphael 1 1000006
Augustus Jeremiah Lewis Actor Charlie 1 1000005
Marton Csokas Actor Edgar Stark 1 1000002
Ian McKellen Actor Dr. Peter Cleave 1 1000003
Hugh Bonneville Actor Max Raphael 1 1000004
David MacKenzie Director n/a 2 2000001
Mace Neufeld Producer n/a 3 3000001
Michael Barlow Executive Producer n/a 174 3000006
Natasha Richardson Executive Producer n/a 174 3000007
Robert Rehme Executive Producer n/a 174 3000008
Baron Davis Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
Harmon M. Kaslow Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
David E Allen Producer n/a 3 3000002
Laurie Borg Producer n/a 3 3000003
Natasha Richardson Actor Stella Raphael 1 1000001
Synopsis
In 1950s England, Stella Raphael, a restless, beautiful woman, desperately desires to find in romantic love the one thing that will change everything. When her husband Max, an ambitious forensic psychiatrist, is appointed Deputy Superintendent at a high-security psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane, Stella and her young son come with him to live on the grounds. Being in proximity of madness has a dangerous attraction for this woman; with its eerie, gothic beauty and endless echoing corridors, the institution itself seems to draw Stella in. Then she meets inmate Edgar Stark, an artist confined for murdering his wife in a jealous rage. There is a visceral connection between the two. Stella finds release and a sense of herself reborn in Edgar's embrace. Senior physician Peter Cleave, long in line for the position to which Max has been promoted, watches carefully as Stella and Edgar bond--"sexual pathology" is his particular field of interest. The cunning Dr. Cleave is a master observer, one who especially prides himself on manipulation. Stella is now the center of attention for three men, each of whom desires to possess her: the husband, the lover and the doctor. When Edgar escapes the asylum and their secret affair is revealed, Stella determines to continue on with her lover, no matter what the cost. What began as a fierce brave step towards freedom now threatens to bring Stella to other, even more intense forms of confinement. Having taken the risk, there is no turning back.