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Brain on Fire (2016)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 22 June 2018 (USA)
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A young, capable professional cannot explain her newly erratic behavior.

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Gerard Barrett

Writers:

Gerard Barrett (screenplay), Susannah Cahalan (memoir)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Susannah Cahalan
Thomas Mann ... Stephen Grywalski
Richard Armitage ... Tom Cahalan
Carrie-Anne Moss ... Rhona Nack
Jenny Slate ... Margo
Tyler Perry ... Richard
Alex Zahara ... Allen
Jenn MacLean-Angus ... Giselle (as Jean MacLean Angus)
Ken Tremblett ... Senator
Navid Negahban ... Dr. Najjar
Robert Moloney ... Dr. Ryan
Agam Darshi ... Dr. Khan
Janet Kidder ... Dr. Siskin
Vincent Gale ... Dr. Samson
Daniel Bacon ... Dr. Han
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The film follows the harrowing experience of a writer struggling with a rare neurological disease from when she first suffers symptoms to the many attempts at diagnosing it and the eventual discovery of the real cause of her illness. Based on the book, 'Brain On Fire', the true story of Susannah Cahalan, a journalist for the New York Post. Written by Danny

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, brief language and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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USA | Canada | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brain on Fire - O Meu Mês de Loucura See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Dakota Fanning was originally cast in the lead role. See more »

Goofs

In the scene when she had a MRI the machine she was in was actually a CAT scan machine. Not MRI. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Susannah Cahalan: Have you ever been trapped? Lost in your own body, lost in your own mind, lost in time? So desperate to escape, to just... Get out.
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Song for Kirsten Dunst
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Some doctors can be wrong - make sure you go to the right one
25 June 2017 | by phd_travelSee all my reviews

A healthy young reporter starts having psychotic episodes and seizures. Initially doctors diagnosed her with psychiatric problems. This movie teaches us to question the diagnoses our doctors give us when they can't give you the answers that you know deep down are right. Many treat symptoms with medication but don't go to the cause. It took a specialist doctor who interestingly in this time of the crisis in the Middle East is of Syrian origin to find the root of the problem which was a relatively newly diagnosed auto immune disease and treat her. After all the struggle with the missed or wrong diagnosis it would have been nice to see the specific treatment she got to get better.

Chloe Grace Moretz acts very convincingly throughout the very stages of her illness. I can't think of another actress who could have done it better. She has grown even prettier too. Strange casting of her parents Carrie Anne Moss and Richard Armitage both dark haired - maybe it was like that in real life.

Well done - a movie that needs to be seen by many.


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