Caroline Barry Follows in the Footsteps of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Angelina Jolie and Other Stars Who Have Portrayed Mentally Ill Patients to Huge Box Office

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Cafe Pictures relates how actors that portray patients in mental institutions have a history of garnering huge audiences, hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office and big award wins.


Caroline Barry plays Nellie Bly in the new biopic, 10 DAYS IN A MADHOUSE - THE NELLIE BLY STORY

Following DiCaprio, Nicholson, Jolie, Rush and de Havilland into the madhouse is rising star Caroline Barry, who portrays American hero Nellie Bly in the upcoming film 10 Days In A Madhouse.

There is a Hollywood tradition of movies with stars trapped in a madhouse that goes as far back as Olivia de Havilland in 1948’s Oscar-winning The Snake Pit, to now where Caroline Barry portraying Nellie Bly is trapped in the madhouse in the upcoming Cafe Pictures' film release 10 Days In A Madhouse, opening November 20th.

In 1975, Jack Nicholson portrayed R.P. McMurphy in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. The film follows McMurphy as he avoids a prison sentence by being admitted into a mental ward, where he goes on to rally his fellow inmates in order to take down the tyrannical head nurse. The movie received nine Academy Award nominations and five wins, including Best Picture, Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress and Best Director. Additionally, the film won all six Golden Globes it was nominated for.

In 2000, Angelina Jolie won both the Golden Globe and the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her powerful portrayal of a deranged woman in Girl, Interrupted. The movie also starred Winona Ryder, Brittany Murphy, Elizabeth Moss, Jared Leto and Whoopi Goldberg.

One year later, Geoffrey Rush garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Leading Actor for his portrayal of The Marquis de Sade in the historical drama Quills. During The French Revolution, Marquis is sentenced to an insane asylum where he continues to stir up controversy. Also starring is Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix and Michael Caine.

Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island grossed $128 million dollars at the box office domestically and another $166 million internationally in 2010. The film starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo who were both applauded for their strong performances. DiCaprio stated that the film was his most “emotionally grueling experience yet in front of the camera” due to the “nature of the material.”

Audiences flock to movies set in insane asylums, and that they love seeing actors portray mentally disturbed characters. Following DiCaprio, Nicholson, Jolie, Rush and de Havilland into the madhouse is rising star Caroline Barry, who portrays American hero Nellie Bly in the upcoming film 10 Days In A Madhouse. The film details Bly's journey as she feigns insanity in order to infiltrate and report on an infamous women's asylum in 1887. Industry insiders have so far been unanimously impressed with Barry's performance as Bly. Hugely in part to her powerful and layered performance, the film is being called "the best movie at Cannes this year”.

Originally scheduled for a September release, the film is expected to garner nods from both The Golden Globes and Academy Awards. Café Pictures’ chief of distribution Marc Bovee, formerly at Universal Pictures for 25 years, says they “didn’t want to miss award season as this historical biopic tells a profound and important story that people need to know about.”

10 Days In A Madhouse’s exhibition publicist, Shannon Gorman, concurs, “with strong lead performances and strong support performances, this movie is awards material.” Gorman formerly was distribution officer at Fox Searchlight for 20 years.

The movie will debut in US theaters on November 20th alongside the last installment of The Hunger Games. “It’s a ‘strong woman’ movie weekend,” says producer Susan Goforth.

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