An autistic boy witnesses his parents' double murder. Richard Dreyfuss as a controversial therapist, seeks to probe the child's mind in order to solve the case.

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Dr. Rene Harlinger
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Tim Warden
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Deputy Bear
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Forensic Detective
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Heather M. Bomba ...
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An autistic boy witnesses his parents' double murder. Richard Dreyfuss as a controversial therapist, seeks to probe the child's mind in order to solve the case. Written by Keath <keath@webtv.net>

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A Savage Crime. A Silent Witness.


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Rated R for language and a murder scene | See all certifications »

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28 October 1994 (USA)  »

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Indian Summer  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,180,674 (USA)
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The film's working title was "Indian Summer". See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jake Rainer: Two thousand years ago we worshiped them
[autistics]
Dr. Jake Rainer: as gods. Three hundred years ago we burned them at the stake, as witches. Now we treat them with drugs... and therapy.
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Healing
Performed by Wynonna & Michael English
Produced by Guy Roche
Written by Glenn Allen, Kilte Reeves and Ed Berghoff
Wynonna apprears courtesy of Curb Music Company/MCA Records
Michael English appears courtesy of Curb Records
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Not great, but worth a watch
15 June 2001 | by (Pasadena, TX) – See all my reviews

First, let's admit that we're not watching this to learn the medical characteristics of autism. The purpose of watching the film is for entertainment.

That said, this film held my attention. I *DID* figure it out shortly before the end and admit that the clues were there all the way through, some pretty strong. Personally, I think that's what makes a good mystery, that it *CAN* be figured out.

Performances: I always enjoy Richard Dreyfuss' work. While he has done better, he didn't disappoint me. John Lithgow was completely believable as always. The real star, though, was Ben Faulkner as Tim, the autistic boy. Ignoring the voice dubbing for the adults (part of the script), he did a wonderful job in a part that had to be difficult at best. I find it strange that this is the only acting job he held. Hopefully, it's because he decided that he wanted to be a kid rather than an actor. Hollywood's loss.


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