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Crazy as Hell

A maverick psychiatrist (Michael Beach) is put to the test when he engages in a battle of wills with a guileful new patient (Eriq LaSalle) who claims he's Satan. Adding to the doctor's challenges on the psychiatric ward is the presence of a documentary film crew, there to record his controversial technique for healing patients without the use of medication. It's great fun to watch Beach and especially LaSalle (who also cowrote and directed), but the decision to portray the psychiatric setting as a Felliniesque circus telegraphs the denouement right from the start. Condensed, the movie would have made a terrific Twilight Zone episode; at nearly two hours, it sags under the excess. 113 min.

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