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Out of Darkness (1994)

A paranoid schizophrenic woman finds treatment to her mental illness after 18 years of suffering.


Larry Elikann


Barbara Turner
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Ross ... Paulie Cooper
Ann Weldon Ann Weldon ... Virginia Cooper
Rhonda Stubbins White ... Zoe
Beah Richards ... Mrs. Cooper
Carl Lumbly ... Addison
Chasiti Hampton ... Ashley
John Marshall Jones ... Albert Price
Juanita Jennings ... Inez
Maura Tierney ... Meg
Lindsay Crouse ... Kim Donaldson
Rusty Gray Rusty Gray ... Bartender (as Rusty Schmidt)
Patricia Idlette Patricia Idlette ... Policewoman
Barbara Howard Barbara Howard ... Triage Officer
Cathy Raymond Cathy Raymond ... Leola
Angelina Fiordellisi ... Social Worker


This is story of Paulie Cooper, a former med student who becomes ill with paranoid schizophrenia and loses 18 years of her life due to the sickness. After her release from a mental ward Paulie struggles to rebuild her life with help from doctors, nurses and a new experimental medicine drug that would help aid her back to health. She spends the rest of her life re-adjusting to life outside of the institution and to a world that had misunderstood and shunned her. Written by mahajanssen

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She struggled with mental illness for a big part of her life. Now, she has to find her way back to the years she lost.


Biography | Drama


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Did You Know?


In an attempt to improvise the "walk" of a homeless indigent, Diana Ross discreetly placed an orange between her skirted thighs and proceeded to hobble along on cue. The effort required to keep the concealed orange in place without using her hands, effected a gait so uncanny that Ross's director, Larry Elikann, later quizzed her about how she walked the "walk." According to Ross, herself, as related to the audience on Inside the Actors Studio (1994) (19 February 2006), she never did disclose the simplicity of her little ruse. See more »


Kim Donaldson: Don't think I'm gonna expect nothing of you just because you're crazy!
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Featured in The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) See more »

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Compelling, Brilliant and Very Realistic
2 December 2005 | by Scoval71See all my reviews

Diana Ross gives an incredible and very realistic portrait of a woman who lives with mental illness and apparently seems to defeat it. I found the movie well acted--by all its cast members---both informative and entertainingly educational in a good sense---that the educational aspects are subtle and not like a documentary. This is a dramatic and excellent movie that shows Diana Ross as a talented convincing actress. It shows that not everyone is accepting of mental illness--she gets dumped by a boyfriend who cannot handle the fact that she has survived mental illness. Highly recommended for the entire family and for those who have family members who are afflicted with mental illness, not to mention the many fans of Diana Ross, the actress in this case.

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Release Date:

16 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der lange Weg aus der Nacht See more »

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1.33 : 1
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