Out of Darkness

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Out of Darkness
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Written by Barbara Turner
Directed by Larry Elikann
Starring Diana Ross
Ann Weldon
Rhonda Stubbins White
Beah Richards
Carl Lumbly
Music by Michel Colombier
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Diana Ross
Andrew Adelson
Producer(s) George W. Perkins
Cinematography Eric Van Haren Noman
Editor(s) Peter V. White
Running time 100 minutes
Production company(s) Anaid Film Productions
Andrew Adelson Company
Distributor ABC
Original network ABC
Original release January 16, 1994 (1994-01-16)

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


In the film, Ross's character, named Pauline Cooper, is a former medical 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, Pauline struggles to rebuild her life with help from doctors, nurses, and a new experimental medication that will help aid her back to health. Throughout the movie, Pauline seeks to better herself in a world that she felt had shunned her.

The story is open-ended, concluding with Pauline seeing a homeless woman rummaging through junk cans and talking to herself, which leaves her (Pauline) in tears. The question of whether this will be Pauline's future or was a fate Pauline had avoided but to which she could still fall victim was not answered, only raised.



The film was rated PG-13 and rated M in Australia. The movie was made by several different production companies; these included Ross's 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, 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, and without using her hands, resulted in a gait so uncanny that Ross's director, Larry Elikann, later quizzed her about how she walked the "walk." But according to Ross herself, as she related to the audience of Inside the Actors Studio on February 19, 2006, she never did disclose the simplicity of her little ruse.


Ross earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film at the 52nd Golden Globe Awards in 1995.

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