The Snake Pit
The Snake Pit (1948)

In this film, Olivia deHavilland stars as an outwardly normal young woman. As deHavilland's behavior becomes more and more erratic, however, her kindly husband decides that she needs professional help. She is sent to an overcrowded… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It's entertaining enough in a hysterical sort of way, even if it never matches up to the excesses of Fuller's later Shock Corridor.

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Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

For the audience of today, the primary draw of the picture is watching Olivia de Havilland deliver a particularly terrifying performance.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

This remains one of the best screen explorations of mental illness and its treatment.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

As one of Hollywood's first "serious" chronicles of life in an asylum, the film is uneven, containing some intelligent observations but also lurid sequences and simplistic psychological explanations.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
An underrated gem. It's all about the performance and de Havilland's is utterly brilliant!
Veronique Kwak
a gritty olivia de havilland performance to breakthru her cuttie pie image in the swashbuckler flicks with errol flynn...she plays a mental patient with electra… More
Cindy I
Olivia de Haviland gives a brilliant performance as Virginia Stuart Cunningham, a young woman committed to a mental institution after a "nervous… More
Michael Gildea
I don't know why exactly, but I really liked this movie. It's dated and relies on armchair psychology way too much, but I liked it.
Devon Bott
Few performances have equaled the raw power of Olivia de Havilland's in The Snake Pit. In the film, de Havilland plays Virginia, a young woman who suffers… More
John Ballantine
De Havilland is fantastic but the film falls a wee bit short in terms of really getting into the mental health issue. Nonetheless it is tremendously… More