64530647Summary A woman loses her mind and is confined to a mental institution. That s the usual TV-listing encapsulation of The Snake Pit -- and like most such encapsulations, it only scratches the film s su
Summary 'A woman loses her mind and is confined to a mental institution.' That's the usual TV-listing encapsulation of The Snake Pit -- and like most such encapsulations, it only scratches the film's surface. Olivia de Havilland stars as an outwardly normal young woman, married to loyal, kindly Mark Stevens. As de Havilland's behavior becomes more and more erratic, however, Stevens comes to the sad conclusion that she needs professional help. She is sent to an overcrowded state hospital for treatment -- a curious set-up, in that, while de Havilland is treated with compassion by soft-spoken psychiatrist Leo Genn, she is sorely abused by resentful matrons and profoundly disturbed patients. Throughout the film, she is threatened with being clapped into 'the snake pit' -- an open room where the most severe cases are permitted to roam about and jabber incoherently -- if she doesn't realign her thinking. In retrospect, it seems that de Havilland's biggest 'crime' is that she wants to do her own thinking, and that she isn't satisfied with merely being a loving wife. While this subtext may not have been intentional, it's worth noting that de Havilland escapes permanent confinement only when she agrees to march to everyone else's beat.
Actors: Olivia de Havilland - Virginia Stuart Cunningham Mark Stevens - Robert Cunningham Leo Genn - Dr. Mark Kik Celeste Holm - Grace Glenn Langan - Dr. Terry Helen Craig - Nurse Davis Sylvia Andrew - Actor/Actress Marie Blake - Actor/Actress Ellen Lowe - Actor/Actress Therese Lyon - Actor/Actress Minerva Urecal - Actor/Actress Jeri Jordan - Actor/Actress
Director: Anatole Litvak
Technical Details Languages: English Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Subtitles: English / Spanish / Chinese / None Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen 1.33:1 White and Black Region Code: All Duration: 108 Minutes Number of Discs: 1 DVD Condition: Brand New