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Call Me Anna (1990)

Actress Patty Duke portrays herself in this autobiographical film that details her long-time struggle with mental illness.


Gilbert Cates


Patty Duke (book), Kenneth Turan (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patty Duke ... Anna Marie Duke
Timothy Carhart ... Harry
Howard Hesseman ... John Ross
Deborah May ... Ethel Ross
Ari Meyers ... Patty Duke, as a youth
Millie Perkins ... Frances Duke
Jenny Robertson ... Patty, as a young adult
Arthur Taxier ... John Astin
Matthew Perry ... Desi Arnaz Jr (as Matthew L. Perry)
David Packer David Packer ... Glenn Bell
Dana Gladstone ... Fred Maxwell
Woody Eney Woody Eney ... Fred Coe
François Giroday François Giroday ... Bob McLaren
Lora Staley Lora Staley ... Anne Bancroft
Richard Fancy ... Contract Lawyer


Actress Patty Duke portrays herself in this autobiographical film that details her long-time struggle with mental illness.

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Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

11 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Call Me Anna: The Patty Duke Story See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Tell, Patty Duke's second husband's name was changed in the film due to unknown reasons. Yet, his real name was kept in the book. See more »


Referenced in Intimate Portrait: Patty Duke (2001) See more »

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Call Me Anna...Touching Movie
23 April 2003 | by chekat_ramboSee all my reviews

Ms Patty Duke's story about her life and struggles with manic depression were just like my life struggles. I saw myself acting out just like her. I was so amazed at the similarities of our lives to include the sexual abuse that we both endured as children.

I saw the movie when it first premiered in 1990 and I have loved this movie so much. Anyone who has struggled with manic depression could get so much from this movie. Never mind about if it showed her awards or what they were for. That is not the issue here. The issue is how Ms Duke had an illness and fought to survive it and overcame. Ms. Duke has much to be proud of in her accomplishments with her struggles for survival of a disease that often leaves many victims without hope.

Unless a person has struggled with this illness personally they don't know the hell they have to live with. The movie to me was a success because it showed the real issues and how a person who is depressed and manic acts. It was so real...so, so, real. It was like watching myself up there on screen.

I wish I could thank Ms. Patty Duke in person for having the courage to let the public know about her illness. Bocka

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