Rent The Snake Pit (1948)

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Synopsis:
Adapted from Mary Jane Ward's autobiographical novel, Anatole Litvak's 'The Snake Pit' is a vital precursor to Samuel Fuller's Shock Corridor in its concern with issues relating to mental illness. An Oscar nominated Olivia de Havilland stars as Virginia, an outwardly normal woman whose marriage to a caring husband (Mark Stevens) unravels when her behaviour becomes erratic. On professional advice Virginia is committed to an overcrowded state hospital where she encounters the bullying antics of the resentful matrons and the threat of the fearsome snake pit, an open room where the most deranged cases are held.
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Directors:
Producers:
Robert Bassler, Anatole Litvak
Writers:
Frank Partos, Millen Brand, Mary Jane Ward, Arthur Laurents
Others:
Alfred Newman, Thomas T. Moulton
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Awards:

1949 Oscar Best Sound

1949 Venice Film Festival Best Actress

BBFC:
Release Date:
23/08/2004
Run Time:
103 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BBFC:
Release Date:
22/04/2019
Run Time:
108 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio commentary with author and film historian Aubrey Solomon
  • The Battles of Olivia de Havilland (2019, 10 mins): critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson discusses the revered actor's illustrious career
  • Under Analysis (2019, 31 mins): an in-depth appreciation by author and film historian Neil Sinyard
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery: on-set and promotional photography
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray

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