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Lydia
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Dr. Rosenstock
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Stephen
Bill Switzer ...
John
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Beth Ann
Cody Jones ...
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A story of a young boy who becomes an elective mute after witnessing what he believes to be the killing by his older brother of a teenage boy. The young boy's brother then tells him not to say anything because of the trouble it would cause in the family... so he doesn't say anything again. The problem is that the young boy so enjoys his acceptance by others of his mutism that it brings his family, a loving and caring farm family, to the brink of financial ruin in medical and psychological costs to cure him. Based on a true story, this is the intelligent telling of a family in crisis, and the work of doctors in dealing with this mental illness. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Sometimes saying nothing can change everything.

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Jim: [after hearing the story of Josh' murder] So you were protecting your brother?
John: I had to keep Stephen from talking. I didn't know what to do to keep us safe.
Jim: That should've been my job.
Jim: [hugs John] I'm sorry, son.
John: I was afraid you wouldn't believe me, dad.
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Moving, sensitive, very well done!
21 July 2001 | by (Milwaukee WI USA) – See all my reviews

Sensitive, moving, great acting! I normally do not like movies about kids --- but this was much, much more. Dan Hedeya as the sensitive, patient, therapist helps Marc Donato regain his trauma-suppressed ability to speak. Hedeya, one of the most versatile actors around, from the evil prosecutor in Hurricane to the comic Nixon in Dick, is at his best. Donato, too, is superb – a male Shirley Temple (without – perhaps – the song and dance). All in all, this is a wonderful film – in the 50s, it would have been a first-run theater film.


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