I Never Promised You a Rose Garden is an Academy Award-nominated, 1977 American fantasy drama film based on Joanne Greenberg's 1964 novel of the same name. Pretty and privileged Deborah is, at the age of 16, a borderline schizophrenic who spends most of her waking hours in a bizarre fantasy realm. After a suicide attempt, she lands in a mental institution, where the hostile environment threatens to destabilize her condition even further. It's only through the focused attention of the sympathetic Dr. Fried that Deborah is gradually able to distinguish between dreams and reality again.
I Never Promised you a Rose Garden was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 50th Academy Awards. The film received two Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress for Kathleen Quinlann.