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Added by GemLil on 10 Mar 2008 11:16
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Mental Illness Movies

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Name: Howard Hughes
Disorder: Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Special gift: Aviation
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Name: John Nash
Disorder: Schizophrenia
Special gift: Mathematics
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Name: Joon
Disorder: Schizophrenia
Special Gift: Art

Description: Joon has a tendency to start fires which worries her older brother, Benny, to such an extent as to take away most of her life's freedoms. Joon feels oppressed thus and only acts out even more.


Name: Sam
Disorder: Unknown
Special gift: Humor

Description: Joon is eccentric and a true comedian. He sees the world from an artist's perspective, which helps him to bond with Joon - maybe a little too closely for Benny's taste.
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Name: Zen
Disorder: Autism
Special gift: Martial arts
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Crazy People (1990)
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Name: Norton
Disorder: Multiple personality disorder/Schizophrenia
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Name: Forrest Gump
Disorder: Mental retardation
Special gift: Ping pong
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Name: Sam Dawson
Disorder: Developmental disability
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Mr. Jones (1993)
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Name: Alexandra Rover
Disorder: Obsessive-compulsive disorder/Schizophrenia
Special gift: Writing
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Name: Phoebe Lichten
Disorder: Tourette Syndrome
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Name: Pumpkin Romanoff
Disorder: Mental retardation
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Name: James Robert "Radio" Kennedy
Disorder: Mental retardation
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Name: Raymond Babbitt
Disorder: Autism
Special gift: Mathematics
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Name: Karl Childers
Disorder: Mental retardation
Special gift: Mechanics

Description: Karl Childers was sent to a mental institution since he was a child up until his being an older adult at the time of Sling Blade's beginning for killing his mother's lover - who he caught with his mom and thought was raping her - with a kaiser blade. He has a thick Southern accent and is a faithful Christian. When he gets out he finds himself bonding with a young boy named Frank Wheatley as well as his mother Linda, and her gay friend Vaughan. Childers becomes protective of the rest of the group from Linda's boyfriend Doyle's mean personality.
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Name: Nathaniel Ayers
Disorder: Schizophrenia
Special gift: Music
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Name: Noah Percy
Disorder: Developmental disability
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Name: Arnie Grape
Disorder: Developmental disability
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These movies have important characters with neurological impairments. In the notes more detail is gone into. I apologize if the term "Mental retardation" offends anyone - I mean only to give the generalized term that covers that particular disorder.

If anyone knows of some more or has any general critique of this list, do not hesitate to comment.

--Pumpkinate

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Posted: 10 years, 2 months ago at Mar 22 20:23
My title was better!
Posted: 10 years, 2 months ago at Mar 22 20:58
Ha, well obviously...the next time I hear a complement out of your lips, I think the world will end.
Edit: 10 years, 2 months ago
Posted: 10 years, 1 month ago at Apr 1 13:10
you forgot 'I Am Sam', 'Forrest Gump', 'Assassination of Richard Nixon'
Posted: 10 years, 1 month ago at Apr 1 14:35
Oh, they're going on now. Thanks dear.
Posted: 10 years, 1 month ago at Apr 18 22:47
I like this list. Makes me want to go out and watch them all in one go, to feel fuzzy inside.
I've got some more to add, but would be *spoilers*. So I won't :-)
Posted: 9 years, 11 months ago at Jun 22 7:17
Molly!
www.listal.com/movie/molly
More light-hearted than many of the films already in the list. :)
Posted: 9 years, 11 months ago at Jun 22 18:19
How about Awakenings with Robert De Niro? Not about mental illness as such more a neurological condition.
Posted: 8 years, 9 months ago at Aug 11 0:07
How about "High Tension"? I won't say why, as spoilers would be involved. I like your list though.
Posted: 8 years, 9 months ago at Aug 11 10:57
Come on Lil. Get the lead out!
Posted: 8 years, 9 months ago at Aug 12 17:46
Posted: 8 years, 6 months ago at Nov 2 15:26
How about Repulsion?
Posted: 7 years, 12 months ago at May 28 3:18
name of the illness - character

something like that would be useful
Posted: 7 years, 12 months ago at May 28 3:18
Shutter Island
Posted: 7 years, 7 months ago at Oct 18 6:13
Name-Leonardo DiCaprio
Disorder-Too Photogenic
Gift-Everything else
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Apr 8 3:57
Ideas-

Ben in Ben X played by Greg Timmermans- his hobby is RPG games (Talent unknown- Asperger's)

Micheala Klingler in Requiem played by Sandra Huller- Her hobby is teaching (Talent unknown- Epilepsy)

Francie Brady in The Butcher Boy played by Eamonn Owens- His hobby is comics (Talent unknown- Schizophrenia)

James Brocklebank in The Living and the Dead played by Leo Bill- His hobby is vehicles (Talent unknown- Schizophrenia and possible mental limitations)

Adam in Adam played by Hugh Dancy- his talent is astronomy (Asperger's)

Julien in Julien Donkey-Boy Played by Ewen Bremner- His hobby- sleeping with his sister? Hell, I don't know. (Talent unknown- Schizophrenia)

i would list taxidermy as Norman Bates' talent
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Apr 8 4:16
More Ideas-

Bobby Platt in All the Little Animals played by Christian Bale- His hobby is animals (Mental Retardation)

Dennis 'Spider' Cleg in Spider played by Ralph Fiennes- his talent is weaving spider's webs (Schizophrenia)

Melvin Udall in As Good As it gets Played by Jack Nicholson- his hobby (questionable talent) is novel writing- OCD

Angela in Angela played by Miranda Rhyne- her hobby (obsession) is religion (OCD or Schizophrenia)

Warren in There's Something About Mary played by W. Earl Brown- His hobbies are baseball and MTV- Mental Retardation
Edit: 7 years, 1 month ago
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Jan 30 18:07
I recently watched a documentary called "My Name is Alan and i paint Pictures Its about a British artist that lives in New York City and he suffers from Schizophrenia. He uses his painting to both support himself and as therapy for his illness [Link removed - login to see]
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Jul 15 5:43
Clean shaved about schizophrenia, depicts the hallucinations pretty well

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