Appendix AIn order to provide a more complete idea of the variety of contemporary films
with mental illness themes, this appendix provides descriptions of films shown
on television with release dates of 1985 or later. The descriptions have been
taken verbatim from the television guide section of the Washington Post. Some
of the films are made-for-TV movies, but many are movies originally released
for theatrical showing.In order for a film to be included in this listing, some character must have
been described, in the television guide, by a term clearly connoting mental
illness--that is, by a term such as mentally ill, insane, mentally unstable,
schizophrenic, mental hospital patient, deranged, psychotic, psychopathic,
and so forth--or have similar terms in the title. Films set in psychiatric
hospitals or described as focusing on patients in treatment were also included.
Films described as dealing with alcoholism, drug abuse, or mental retardation,
however, were not included; nor were films focused on psychiatrists or other
kinds of psychotherapists even though these probably involved some presentation of psychiatric patients. The list also does not include over three hundred
additional films released before 1985 which have also been shown on television
in recent years. Finally, there are probably many additional films which involve
psychiatric portrayals but which were not described as such and which, therefore, could not be included in this list.
Films about Mental Illness
|After Dark, My Sweet (1990): A mentally unstable former prizefighter becomes
embroiled in a kidnap plot engineered by a seductive widow and her shady
|American Gothic (1988): A camping vacation turns deadly after three couples
take refuge on an island populated by two elderly eccentrics and their
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Book title: Media Madness:Public Images of Mental Illness.
Contributors: Otto F. Wahl - Author.
Publisher: Rutgers University Press.
Place of publication: New Brunswick, NJ.
Publication year: 1995.
Page number: 169.
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