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Bradley Cooper as Pat in “Silver Linings Playbook”

In any other hands than David O. Russell’s, “Silver Linings Playbook,” the film adaptation of Matthew Quick’s quirky novel about mental illness — here bipolar disorder — would never have been made. In fact movie rights belonged to Sidney Pollock and his partner Anthony Minghella, both now dead, but they could find no way to script such a delicate subject.

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