Titicut Follies
Titicut Follies (1967)

Frederick Wiseman made his documentary debut with this controversial 84-minute survey of conditions that existed during the mid-'60s at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Made in 1967, the film was… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 3, 1967
DVD Release Date: June 29, 2015
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Walter Goodman
New York Times

The stage, where odd behavior reigns, blurs the lines of sanity and confers an hour of equality.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Time has not diminished its emotional impact.

A.A. Dowd
AV Club

Titicut is primarily just shocking; it's an angry polemic about the state of the mental health care system, not a multifaceted portrait of an environment.

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Shane Burridge

Wiseman's film is famous for being banned...and you can bet it wasn't the inmates who kicked up the fuss

Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Made during an era when mental hospitals dotted America's map like flies on manure, "Titicut Follies" presents an invaluable time capsule.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Shocking and full of precious footages, Titicus Follies it's a unique vision of tormented minds. An impacting film, which it's very important in all… More
Wu Chouin
Interesting and depressing look into a prison for the mentally insane in the 60s. Hard to watch at times, but pretty intriguing stuff.
Conner Rainwater
Disturbing in ways that fiction only fantasizes to be. To imagine living in an asylum like this is extremely terrifying. The home movie style filming of the… More
Christopher Brown
If there were a drug called "depression" this film would be like having an overdose. Still, it's a very, very important work that changed the… More
Mike T.
Director Frederick Wiseman refrains from narrating a message to correspond with the images he depicts. He shapes the film in such a way that it feels as… More