Out of Darkness

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Out of Darkness
Diana Ross Out of Darkness.jpg
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Directed by Larry Elikann
Written by Barbara Turner
Starring Diana Ross
Music by Michel Colombier
Cinematography Eric Van Haren Noman
Edited by Peter V. White
Distributed by ABC
Release dates
  • January 16, 1994 (1994-01-16)
Running time
100 min.
Country United States
Language English

Out of Darkness is a 1994 made-for-television film starring singer and actress Diana Ross. The movie was distributed and released by ABC on January 16, 1994 in the USA, Germany, Spain, France, Greece, Italy and Portugal.


The film was rated PG-13 and rated M in Australia. The movie was made by several different production companies included Ross' Anaid Film Productions Inc., Andrew Delson Company, Capital Cities/ABC Video Enterprises Inc. and Empty Chair Productions Inc.

In an attempt to improvise the "walk" of a homeless indigent, Diana Ross discreetly placed an orange between her skirted thighs and proceeded to hobble along on cue. The effort required to keep the concealed orange in place without using her hands, effected a gait so uncanny that Ross's director, Larry Elikann, later quizzed her about how she walked the "walk." According to Ross, herself, as related to the audience on Inside the Actors Studio on February 19 of 2006, she never did disclose the simplicity of her little ruse.


In the film, Ross played the character of Paulie Cooper, a former med student who becomes ill with paranoid schizophrenia and loses 18 years of her life due to the sickness. After her release from a mental ward Paulie struggles to rebuild her life with help from doctors, nurses and a new experimental-medicine drug that would help aid her back to health. Throughout the movie, Paulie seeks to better herself in a world that she felt had shunned her.



Ross earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a TV Movie at the 52nd Golden Globe Awards in 1995.

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