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CastTom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Jason Robards, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzmán, Philip Baker Hall, April Grace, Ricky Jay, Orlando Jones,William H. Macy, Alfred Molina, Jeremy Blackman,Michael Murphy, John C. Reilly, Melinda Dillon, Melora Walters, Michael Bowen, Felicity Huffman, Henry Gibson
Year released1999
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Narrator: “... most curious side note is the suicide the next day of Craig Hansen... The weight of the guilt and the measure of coincidence so large that Craig Hansen took his life.”
He places the muzzle of a shotgun in his mouth. Off screen we hear the gunshot, but we only see the blood splatter on the wall.”
“The tale told by Dr. John Harper... began with a simple suicide attempt. Seventeen year old Sydney Barringer in the City of Los Angeles... Sydney jumps from the roof of a building.
“The coroner ruled that the unsuccessful suicide had suddenly become a successful homicide... The suicide was confirmed by a note in the right hip pocket to Sydney Barringer.” (0:02)

Woman snorts cocaine from a table top. (0:07)

His dentist tells quiz genius Donnie, “You’re running around like crazy.” (0:09)

Police officer Jim: “My life is very stressful...” (0:11)

Linda tells her father Earl’s physician for terminal illness, “There’s more pain than before, and the... morphine pills aren’t working...”
Physician: “Now, as far as the morphine pills go there’s something else to consider. There’s a very strong, very potent solution of liquid morphine... ” (0:17)

Jim tells his nurse Phil, referring to Linda, “She’s a little nuts... a little daffy.”
Phil: “Your memory?”
”I’ll get another pain pill, another morphine pill.” (0:20)

Game show host Jimmy tells his daughter Claudia: “Just don’t go crazy.”
Claudia: “I’m not crazy. Don’t you tell me that I’m crazy!” (0:33)

Young Dixon raps to police officer Jim, “Check that ego.” (0:41)

Jimmy tells his wife Rose by telephone, “There’s coke and shit laid out on the table.”
Referring to Claudia, ”She went crazy. She went... crazy, Rose.” (0:46)

Claudia with drug paraphernalia on a table. (0:47)

Jim: “You been doing some drugs today Claudia?” (0:58)

Jimmy tells television executive Burt “I’m... hammered.” (1:02)

By telephone nurse Phil tells a telemarketer, “Let me try to explain myself without it seeming kind of crazy.” (1:09)

Inteviewer Gwenovier tells motivational huckster Frank, “Psychology major.” (1:11)

The pharmacist asks Linda, “You been on Prozac long? Dexedrine?”
”Interesting drugs. Dexedrine’s basically speed in a pill, you know, but I guess a lot of the doctors are balancing out the Prozac with the Dexedrine, so... That liquid morphine... You can’t mix those up, you know.” (1:12)

Jim tells Claudia, “You’re gonna drive these people crazy.” (1:20)

Gwenovier tells Frank, “Actually, I’m confused about your past...” (1:28)

Lawyer Alan asks Linda, “Are you on drugs right now?”
Linda. “Like a shrink. If I go see a shrink, I’m protected.”
Alan: “Linda, what kind of medication are you on?”
Linda: “This isn’t any... medication talking!”
Alan: “You need to sober up.” (1:32)

Claudia snorts cocaine. (1:38)

Donnie tells Thurston, “I confuse melancholy with depression sometimes.”
Bar patron Thurston: “You seem the sort of person that confuses the two.”
”It’s a dangerous thing to confuse children with angels.” (1:47)

Claudia pours cocaine. (1:50)

Claudia picks up a rolled up bill. (1:58)

Claudia contemplates her cocaine and paraphernalia. (2:16)

Alone in her car Linda washes down pills with booze. Suicide attempt? (2:17)

Close-up of Earl’s vial of morphine. (2:18)

Claudia snorts cocaine. (2:19)

Dixon: “Check that ego.” (2:35)

His wife Rose asks, “Why doesn’t Claudia talk to you, Jimmy?” (2:36)

Claudia tells Jim, “I’m really nervous that you’re gonna hate me soon.”
”You don’t know how crazy I am.” (2:37)

Jimmy tells Rose, referring to Claudia, “I think she thinks that I may have molested her... some crazy thought...” (2:39)

Jimmy holds a revolver. (2:44)

Claudia snorts cocaine. (2:46)

Jimmy presses the muzzle of the revolver to his cheek and pulls the trigger, but a bullfrog hits him so the gun fires at the television. (2:49)

Narrator: “And there is the account of the... suicide.” (2:52)

Claudia appears to wear a straightjacket when Jim visits her, but we can see her wrist. Does she lie in a hospital bed? (2:58)

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