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[the deprogrammer knocks at the door. Eric checks him out through the side window]
It's a tall dude...
Yeah? Is it him?
I never met the fella.
Well if it's a cop... -they're coming in anyway, right?
If it's one of them loonies, he *aint*!
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This was an extremely accurate account of recruitment, indoctrination and life in a coercive religious group. It also accurately portrayed the lengths some go to rescue people from this type of group, the lengths some will go to stay in the group and the difficulty some people have breaking out.
In addition to an accurate portrayal of the subject matter, the film is very well made. Although I doubt it would be considered as "art", the film moves along very well, has a good plot, good acting, great dialog and the production values are very good. I did not view this film for entertainment, but rather because of the subject matter. I was pleasantly surprised that it was outstanding as dramatic film, as well as educational.
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