Down Came a Blackbird (1995)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama  |  22 October 1995 (USA)
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Helen McNulty is a journalist struggling to regain control of her life a year after she was abducted and tortured in Central America. She goes to a clinic for survivors of torture, where ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomas Ramirez
Helen McNulty
Anna Lenke
Nick the Greek
Jan Talbeck
Rob Rubenstein
Falconer Abraham ...
Von Flores ...
Miguel Fernández ...
Captain Alonso Delacrux
Sergeant Manuel Ortega
Secret Police Agent
Tedd Dillon ...
Man at Train Station
Ángel Jara ...
Torturer #1


Helen McNulty is a journalist struggling to regain control of her life a year after she was abducted and tortured in Central America. She goes to a clinic for survivors of torture, where she reflects on her experiences and learns about others who have suffered similar experiences. She is drawn to Professor Ramirez, another patient at the clinic, who is still being pursued by his attackers. She thinks he can relate to her suffering, and she begins to learn why. Written by Sean Lahman <>

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One would save them, one would expose them, and one would betray them.



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Rated R for depictions of torture, and some sexuality | See all certifications »




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22 October 1995 (USA)  »

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Final film appearance of Raul Julia. In poor health throughout filming, he died from a stoke two weeks after filming ended, and one year before its release. See more »


The train that Raul Julia is on is VIA Rail, a Canadian only rail company but the police officers in the station have American flag patches on their uniforms. See more »


Helen McNulty: I felt safe with you. How could you do that?
Tomas Ramirez: You made me forget.
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Superb perfomance of vanessa redgrave and Raul julia on a political current important problem : Tortur survivors
3 January 2002 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

In addition to the excellent performance of Vanessa Redgrave and the deceased Raúl Julia, the value and significance of this film is that it shows, extremely close to reality, the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Syndrome of "torture survivors>", the modern denomination of those that been primary or secondary subjects in the widespread use of torture around the world. This film is so dramatically close to real cases experienced by the Danish IRC (international Recovery center for Torture survivors) that it will impress both who work with torture survivors and those really looking for suspense, unexpected ending snd superb performance of Raúl Julia and Vanessa Redgrave. Honestly a film worth to buy and keep in the same class as My Neigbors son and a few others.

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