Lilith (1964)




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Vincent Bruce (Warren Beatty) is a Korean War veteran who becomes an occupational therapist in a private mental hospital that cares for wealthy, schizophrenic clientele. He slowly begins to fall for Lilith Arthur (Jean Seberg), a patient who is mentally locked in her own little world. Vincent eventually begins his own psychological disintegration over his feelings for the woman and asks for help. Watch for early career performances from Olympia Dukakis and Gene Hackman in this depressing psychodrama. This was the final film from the gifted director Robert Rossen, who died in 1966.
Classics , Drama
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Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Warren Beatty
as Vincent Bruce
Jean Seberg
as Lilith Arthur
Peter Fonda
as Stephen Evshevsky
Kim Hunter
as Dr. Bea Brice
Anne Meacham
as Mrs. Yvonne Meaghan
James Patterson
as Dr. Lavrier
Gene Hackman
as Norman
Robert Reilly
as Bob Clayfield
Lucy Smith
as Vincent's Grandmother
Maurice Brenner
as Mr. Gordon
Jeanne Barr
as Miss Glassman
Richard Higgs
as Mr. Palakis
Elizabeth Bader
as Girl at Bar
Alice Spivak
as Lonely Girl
Arnold Walter
as Lonely Girl's Father
Kathleen Phelan
as Lonely Girl's Mother
Cecilia Ray
as Lilith's Mother in Dream
Gunnar Peters
as Her Chauffeur in Dream
L. Jerome Offutt
as Tournament Judge
W. Jerome Offutt
as Tournament Announcer
Robert Jolivette
as Older Watermelon Boy
Jason Jolivette
as Younger Watermelon Boy
Jeno Mate
as Assistant to Dr. Lavrier
Dina Paisner
as Psychodrama Moderator
Pawnee Sills
as Receptionist
Luther Foulk
as Doctor
Kenneth Fuchs
as Doctor
Steve Dawson
as Doctor
Michael Paras
as Doctor
Morton Taylor
as Ambulance Doctor
Joavan Curran
as Ambulance Attendant
Rick Branda
as Ambulance Attendant
Wade Taylor
as Ambulance Attendant
Tony Lombard
as Ambulance Attendant
David Barry
as Ambulance Attendant
Frank Nanoia
as Ambulance Attendant
Patsy Klein
as Nurse
Rosalie Posner
as Occupational Therapist
Thomas Brann
as Occupational Therapist
Louis Jenkins
as Occupational Therapist
Tracee Towers
as Occupational Therapist
Virginia Schneider
as Occupational Therapist
Robert Miller
as Occupational Therapist
Bruce Powers
as Occupational Therapist
Don Donnellan
as Occupational Therapist
Ken Naarden
as Occupational Therapist
Ron Cunningham
as Occupational Therapist
Edith Fellows
as Patient
Tony Grey
as Patient
Harvey Jason
as Patient
Robert Dahdah
as Patient
B.J. DeSimone
as Patient
Janet Banzet
as Patient
Tina Pine
as Patient
Thelma Ray
as Patient
Katha Cale
as Patient
Harry Northrup
as Patient
G.K. Osborne
as Patient
Charles Tyner
as Patient
Sonia Zomina
as Patient
Amelie Barleon
as Patient
Bess Carlton
as Patient
Sylvia Gassel
as Patient
David Craig
as Patient
Bud Truland
as Patient
Ruth Baker
as Patient
Rankin Joe
as Patient
Paul Varro
as Patient
Stuart Goodman
as Patient
Billie Erlich
as Patient
Peter Bosche
as Patient
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Critic Reviews for Lilith

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The story of Lilith - a man's love for a manipulative madwoman makes him go insane - may not be especially gripping, but the way that it's told highlights an intriguingly perverse sensibility.

Full Review… | July 14, 2015
Village Voice
Top Critic

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The awkwardness of a macho auteur attempting feminized poetry lends the work the nervousness necessary for authentic lyricism

Full Review… | February 14, 2010

Much misunderstood and a commercial flop in 1964, Lilith is well acted by Warren Beatty and one of the first American films to deal with mental illness and the fine line between therapists and patients while using the stylistics of the French New Wave.

Full Review… | July 12, 2009

Audience Reviews for Lilith

Is it ironic that a movie that takes place in a mental institution could make you feel like you're going nuts right after you finish watching it? Robert Rossen's direction really fits the bill here and compliments a fantastic cast. Lilith is full of little unexplained moments that leave you inching toward that isolated wing of the nut house, but despite her supposed spell over everyone, Jean Seberg (and her wig) just mostly annoyed me. The Gene Hackman scene was great and I saw Peter Fonda's resolution a mile away but the last 15 minutes kind of took a bit of the experience away for (or from) me. Extra points for Kim Hunter. I have no idea why but she was kind of foxy in this movie.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

This film makes it clear that innocence is madness. Warren beatty and Jean Seberg are just perfect for their roles. They embodies something intangible, which are, fragile beauty of human minds and love. All scenes are in tense.

Naoya Kugimiya
Naoya Kugimiya

Between a 7/10 and 8/10, the film is delicate and sometimes brilliant, but also depressing and enigmatic psychodrama. Well acted but much misunderstood, it was one of the first American films to deal with mental illness and the fine line between therapists and patients.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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