The Snake Pit
The Snake Pit (1948)

"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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 4, 1948
DVD 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

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

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Emanuel Levy

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