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Frankie & Alice (2010)

  • Rate: 5.8/10 total 1,128 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama
  • Runtime: USA:101 min
  • Filming Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Frankie & Alice (2010)


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  • IMDb page: Frankie & Alice (2010)
  • Rate: 5.8/10 total 1,128 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama
  • Runtime: USA:101 min
  • Filming Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Gross: $7,768(USA)(12 December 2010)
  • Director: Geoffrey Sax
  • Stars: Halle Berry, Stellan Skarsgård and Phylicia Rashad
  • Original Music By: Andrew Lockington   
  • Soundtrack: Gift Of Love
  • Plot Keyword: Multiple Personality Disorder | Multiple Personality | Racist | 1970s | Committed To Institution

Writing Credits By:

  • Cheryl Edwards (screenplay) and
  • Marko King (screenplay) &
  • Mary King (screenplay) &
  • Jonathan Watters (screenplay) and
  • Joe Shrapnel (screenplay) &
  • Anna Waterhouse (screenplay)
  • Oscar Janiger (story) &
  • Philip Goldberg (story) and
  • Cheryl Edwards (story)

Known Trivia

    Plot: A drama centered on a young woman with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and not give in to her racist alter-personality.  »

    Story: A drama centered on a young woman with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and not give in to her racist alter-personality.


    Synopsis: The movie is based on true events.

    Halle Berry plays the role of young woman named Francine L. Murdoch (Frankie) with multiple personality disorder. The movie starts in Savannah, Georgia 1957, where a girl is shown in a car accident.

    The movie is forwarded to present Los Angeles, California 1978, where Frankie works in strip club. One night after an altercation Frankie lands up in Pearce psychiatric hospital where she is introduced to Dr. Joseph Oswald (Dr. Oz).

    Later Dr. Oz starts treating Frankie for multiple personality disorder and diagnoses her as having three personalities.

    1) Francine L. Murdoch, Black Female Age 32, IQ 132 Right handed.2) Alice, White female Age ?, IQ 102 Left handed.3) Genius, Black Female Age 8-12, IQ 156 Right handed.

    The story then revolves with Dr. Oz and Frankie where he treats her for the multiple personality disorder. In due course of time he is able to discover the other two sub conscious personality and make Frankie realize her problem.

    And the movie ends with credit as below:

    Dr Oz treated Frankie until she was able to control her condition.He died in 2001.

    Frankie (with help from Genius) became a High School Teacher.She married a psychiatrist.


    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Halle Berry known as producer
    • Vince Cirrincione known as producer
    • Simon DeKaric known as producer
    • Brendan Ferguson known as executive producer
    • Abhi Rastogi known as executive producer
    • John Roy known as executive producer
    • Shawn Williamson known as executive producer
    • Hassain Zaidi known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Halle Berry known as Frankie
    • Stellan Skarsgård known as Oz
    • Phylicia Rashad known as Edna
    • Chandra Wilson known as Maxine
    • Alex Diakun known as Hal
    • Joanne Baron known as Nurse Susan Shaw
    • Brian Markinson known as Dr. Backman
    • Matt Frewer known as Dr. Strassfield
    • Rosalyn Coleman known as Pearl
    • Sean Tyson known as Rich Fat Cat
    • Melanie Papalia known as Tina
    • Kira Clavell known as Wanda
    • Joey Bothwell known as Trish
    • Adrian Holmes known as Cliff
    • James Kirk known as Bobby
    • Kennedy Goodkey known as Cop #1
    • Andrew Francis known as Cop #2
    • Vanessa Morgan known as Frankie – 16 years old (as Vanessa Morgan Mziray)
    • Michayla McKenzie known as Frankie – 8 years old (as Michalya Eve Mckenzie)
    • Megan Charpentier known as Paige – 8 years old
    • Katharine Isabelle known as Paige
    • Kenneth W. Yanko known as Judge Prescott (as Ken Yanko)
    • Emily Tennant known as Paige – 16 years old
    • Scott Lyster known as Pete Prescott
    • Ben Cole known as Robert – Groom
    • Calvin Lee known as Store Owner
    • Matias Hacker known as Hector
    • Paul Puzzella known as Polyester Molester
    • Eric Pollins known as Bump and Grind Patron
    • Darryl Scheelar known as Waiter
    • Rod Conway known as Carl
    • Alexis Ioannidis known as Celeste
    • Xantha Radley known as Maria (Anorexic Girl)
    • Colin Foo known as Thin Asian Patient
    • Christina Schild known as Annabel Prescott
    • Kathryn Kirkpatrick known as Admission Nurse
    • William J. Phillips known as Dan (as William Phillips)
    • Richard Cohee known as Black Janitor
    • L. Harvey Gold known as Bar Executive #1 (as Harvey Gold)
    • Troy Rudolph known as Bar Executive #2
    • Primo Allon known as Pool Player #1
    • Steffan Chavarria known as Pool Player #2
    • Cheryl Adams known as Code Green Nurse
    • Anne Marie DeLuise known as White Alice
    • Sabine Mondestin known as Ciff's wife
    • Ildiko Ferenczi known as Dancer (uncredited)
    • Britney Philippeaux known as Hospital Patient (uncredited)
    • Ian Thompson known as Bus Driver (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Susan Boyd known as hair stylist
    • Norma Hill-Patton known as makeup artist: Halle Berry
    • Jessica Rain known as hair stylist

    Art Department:

    • Deryck Blake known as property master
    • Rob Dampier known as construction foreman
    • Dylan Dowd known as lead greens person
    • Jo Ann Frappier known as scenic helper
    • Leesa Hanna known as assistant set decorator
    • Janette Hyland known as set painter
    • Jesse Joslin known as construction coordinator
    • Jason B. Landels known as assistant property master
    • Margo Kaczynska McKenzie known as paint coordinator
    • Rodrigo Segovia known as set designer
    • Elizabeth Shelton known as assistant art director
    • Kay Yamanaka known as stand-by painter




    Production Companies:

    • Access Motion Pictures
    • F & A Production Services
    • Reality Pictures In Motion

    Other Companies:

    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
    • Hall Webber  legal services
    • Lakeshore Records  score album
    • Line 21 Media Services Ltd.  closed captioning
    • Line 21 Media Services Ltd.  combined dialogue, continuity & spotting list
    • Post Modern Sound  ADR recording studio
    • S.L. Feldman & Associates  music supervision
    • Tattersall Sound  avid rental
    • Tattersall Sound  sound post-production


    • Freestyle Releasing (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Sea Movies (2010) (worldwide) (theatrical) (ship)
    • Teleview International (2011) (Lebanon) (DVD) (Middle East)
    • VVS Films (2010) (Canada) (all media)



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • Switch VFX (visual effects)

    Visual Effects by:

    • David Alexander known as senior cgi artist: Switch VFX
    • Jon Campfens known as visual effects supervisor
    • Feizal Cassamalli known as CG artist: Switch VFX
    • Peter Denomme known as visual effects producer
    • Amir Eftekhari known as matte painter: Switch VFX
    • Jason Giberson known as digital restoration artist
    • Gudrun Heinze known as senior digital compositor: Switch VFX
    • Steven Hodgson known as on-set supervisor
    • Megumi Kanazawa known as digital compositor: Switch VFX
    • Jason Kozsurek known as digital compositor
    • Keren Kurtz known as digital compositor
    • Jef Lonn known as digital compositor: Switch VFX
    • Kevin McBride known as digital compositor: Switch VFX
    • Mark Neumann known as digital compositor: Switch VFX
    • Beau Parsons known as visual effects coordinator: Switch VFX
    • Joel Skeete known as digital compositor: Switch VFX
    • Beryl Wu known as CG artist: Switch VFX

    Release Date:

    • Germany February 2010 (European Film Market)
    • France 17 May 2010 (Cannes Film Festival)
    • USA 9 November 2010 (AFI Film Festival)
    • USA 10 December 2010 (Los Angeles, California)

    MPAA: Rated R for some sexual content, language and drug use



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. netphemera from Portland, OR
      30 Mar 2012, 12:18 am

      Don't be swayed by the negative reviews. I knew nothing about this filmbefore I watched it. Afterward I thought it had been nominated for abunch of awards. I can't believe it didn't get any nominations, andeven got negative reviews from some critics. I'm not sure if this onemakes it into my top 10 for the year, but it's definitely in my top 20.

      Sure, the subject matter has been covered before, but that shouldn'tmatter. So has divorce, bank robberies, and most recently, the death ofa child. Just because a subject has been covered before in a filmdoesn't mean the film should be dismissed.

      I thought this movie was way better than Rabbit Hole. While Rabbit Holegets all the recognition, Frankie and Alice gets ignored. I'm not evenany sort of huge Halle Berry fanatic. I just know a good movie when Isee one and it makes me angry when good films are ignored.

    2. thekyles99 from Canada
      30 Mar 2012, 12:18 am

      Well i had heard little and nothing about this flick and only findingout about it after i saw that Halle Berry was nominated for a goldenglobe and reading the review and synopsis to this hidden away littleflick and found out it was a true life case of a woman with splitpersonality disorder. Halle plays a stripper named Frankie whose littlemood swings have all but frightened the crap out of her coworkers andboss. It turns out these mood swings are a lot more serious and turnout to be s.p.d. Frankie has two others sharing her tired little body,one a frightened but smart as a whip 9yr old girl who her psychiatristDr. Oz (Stellan Skarsgard) names genius and an racist white woman namedAlice. As the movie rolls along we find out that their is a lot ofhistory that inspired Frankie to take on these alter persona's and canbe triggered by something as simple as a song on the radio. An overallgood film that lot of reviewers and critics have been calling a Sybilrip off ( I don't call it that but the mental illness is the same thatsfor sure) Berry's nomination for the golden globe failed and wasn't wonas it went to Natalie Portman's performance in Black Swan (anotheracting job that was well deserved of the win) however she once againpulled off a solid job along with a stellar performance in this film.

    3. ellerbe1980
      30 Mar 2012, 12:18 am

      This is Halle Berry's best performance of her career. Her performancewas absolutely outstanding! She will definitely get an Oscar nod at thevery least. Phylicia Rashad should get a supporting nod, for she wasoutstanding too. Every character she played was believable. I am proudof Ms. Berry.

      This is the kind of work she should be doing. I saw on an interviewthat it took 12 years to make. It was well worth the wait. This is theone thing I like about Halle. She doesn't give up. She found out abouta project, liked it, financed it herself, and got it made after yearsand years of setbacks. Other black actresses who complain about notbeing able to find work should take note. This is why Halle Berry isthe number one 'black actress' in Hollywood.

      I gave the movie an 8, but Halle's performance deserves a 10.

    4. Jizdenky from Fraggle Rock
      30 Mar 2012, 12:18 am

      Geoffrey Sax's 'Frankie and Alice' initially an to an extent follows asimilar narrative structure to Nunnally Johnson's 'The Three Faces ofEve'. While the theme of dissociative identity disorder has played akey part in many movies like 'Sybil' (to name a few), I've always foundit a fascinating theme. 'Frankie and Alice' isn't that different fromthe aforementioned films. I liked how Sax presents the 70s setting andhow he captures the culture of that time period without going over thetop. I also liked that this film does not merely focus on the patientbut also on the therapist who's working hard to get to the root ofFrankie's disorder. The best scenes are the interactions between herand Dr. Oz. Halle Berry makes a memorable comeback to films after athree year break. She is spellbinding in all three avatars and that toowithout having to rely on mimicry and makeup. Stellan Skarsgård isequally good in a subtle role. While 'Frankie and Alice' doesn'tpresent anything new regarding dissociative identity disorder, it'sstill an interesting character study (albeit a slightly dramatized one)and makes for a good watch.

    5. mjorgensen62 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 12:18 am

      First of all, let me assure you that I have absolutely no financialties to this movie. That being said, let me tell you that I do now havea PSYCHOLOGICAL tie to this movie. By now, you know that this is asplit- personality movie. Joanne Woodward won an Oscar for "Three Facesof Eve"; Sally Field won an Emmy for "Sybil". HALLE BERRY IS BETTER!!!Watch her performance, and, without CGI or special effects, you'll seeher change from an "exotic dancer (ie: stripper)", to a racist, to alittle girl. You'll be sucked in to the story. Then you'll be on theedge of your seat with tears in your eyes when, at the end, theterrible crisis from her youth is starkly revealed. And yet, thewritten epilogue just before the closing credits is uplifting andhopeful. If EVER there was a "must-see" movie, THIS IS IT!!

    6. asgbeat from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 12:18 am

      Serious films in which a lead actor portrays someone suffering withmental illness walk a precarious tightrope, navigating a delicatebalance between authenticity and parody. In "Frankie and Alice," HalleBerry gracefully succeeds in this high wire act, making not 2 but 3transformations before your very eyes – between a fiery stripper, acoldly calculating status climber and an innocent child. It is aperformance that deserves attention and accolades above and beyondBerry's controversial yet ultimately inferior performance in "Monster'sBall" for which she made history by being the first African American towin the industry's highly coveted Best Actress Oscar.

      "Frankie and Alice" opens setting the scene as 1973 with Frankieworking as a "stripper" (more go-go dancer in a bird cage as she nevergets naked). A botched after hours seduction with the club's DJ givesus our first hint of the madness to come. As the film proceeds, keyemotional triggers spark seismic swings in Frankie's mood, hurtling herdown memory lane to a series of traumas involving death, racism, younglove, identity and soul-searing loss that have led her to dissociatefrom the pain by adopting alter personalities.

      Berry's believability during these on-camera transformations isnear-magical – the shifts in her face, her voice and her mannerisms allspecific and unerring, and without the crutches of makeup, wardrobe orspecial effects. The result is riveting without being distractinglydazzling. It is a performance that pulls you in at every moment yet younever pull out of your required film world state of disbelief.

      It is amusing to recall that this isn't the first time Berry has beencalled upon to play a character with multiple personalities. In theHollywood howler "Catwoman," a movie roundly considered a campycult-relegated turkey, she got a chance to practice in a vampierall-surface showcase. In the braver independent film "Frankie andAlice," Halle takes the lessons scratched out of "Catwoman" and chiselsa performance of far greater subtlety, depth and compassion.

      The supporting cast is excellent, particularly Stellan Skarsgard as thesympathetic "Dr. Oz" who with initial reluctance then heroicwholeheartedness helps Frankie heal and get to the bottom of hertroubled mind. Phylicia Rashad is also praiseworthy as Frankie's mother"Edna" burdened with cryptic secrets and overcompensating by showeringFrankie with exceeding affection – much to the distaste of her otherdaughter "Maxine" played equally well by Chandra Wilson.

      The writing (credited to eight people) and editing are off-kilter inplaces, weakening the overall grade of the film. There was clearly muchhand-wringing in regard to tone and length over the decade-plus it tookto get it filmed then suitably distributed. However, there are enoughvictorious moments that snap the film back together toward a satisfyingconclusion, though you wish the story stretched a bit longer intoFrankie's recovery process. Evocative musical selections from MarvinGaye, The Everly Brothers, Kool & The Gang and The Miles Davis Quintetalso provide illuminating and memorable detours along Frankie'sjourney. Most winningly, despite the heavy subject matter, "Frankie andAlice" is a crowd-pleaser dotted with tasteful scenes oflightheartedness in the face of even some of its most delicatesituations.

      Now that Halle has, unfortunately, been passed over for Oscarconsideration for "Frankie and Alice," impartial audiences can settlein for a superb and sensitive cinematic portrayal, judging it squarelyand with even-keel for themselves.

    7. cathys848 from Santa Barbara
      30 Mar 2012, 12:18 am

      " We have only one enduring weapon against mental illness,understanding our childhoods and how this has impacted us" Alice Miller

      The young African American female known as Frankie and Alice,experienced statutory rape by a white male, pregnancy and birth of achild taken away by her own mother because of the fear ofmiscegenation.

      Frankie goes into a hypnotic trance to keep the abuse a secret andknows what it feels like to be in the perpetrator's shoes.

      Frankie the abused becomes Alice the abuser.

      Halle Berre is flawless in portraying an abuse survivor who struggledwith dissociation and re enactments to master the earlier trauma ofhaving her own child taken away by being a caged stripper. At least shewill have some control this time by getting paid.

      Frankie and Alice is caged by the seduction of the White American Dreamand the glamour that prevents true intimacy.

      "Frankie and Alice" is very much like the 1930 classic novel "Native Soby Richard Wright with the leading role played by the fear ofmiscegenation.

      This film is well cast and well written with characters that you canbelieve in. This is especially true for the psychiatrist who calmlystated that "awareness rather than blaming leads to wholeness andintegration".

      It is not the trauma that makes us sick but the inability to expressthe trauma.

    8. Gordon-11 from Hong Kong
      30 Mar 2012, 12:18 am

      This film is about a young black woman called Frankie, and her struggleto make sense of her multiple personality disorder while havingtreatment in a psychiatric facility.

      I am impressed by Halle Berry's acting in this film, as she breezesthrough three vastly different personalities. The amazing finale on thepsychiatrist's couch is quite breathtaking, both plot wise and actingwise.

      The film is engaging and gripping throughout, and it is hard not to besympathetic towards Frankie as her painful past is revealed through aseries of flashbacks. "Frankie and Alice" is a very good drama thatcreates much empathy and resonance.

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