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Locked in Silence (1999)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  9 May 1999 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Lydia
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Jim
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Dr. Rosenstock
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Stephen
Bill Switzer ...
John
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Jamie
Helen Hughes ...
Grandma
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Sheriff Haynes
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Beth Ann
Cody Jones ...
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Kenner Ames ...
School Bus Driver
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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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Stephen: [touches his mother's face, finally speaks] M-mom? I always l-loved you. Always.
[Lydia and Stephen hug each other]
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29 May 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

It is a shame this is based on a true story. I bet the real story would be so much more interesting. I felt no symapthy for anyone in this movie, except a little bit of concern for the boy. There was very little sensitivity throughout the entire movie. I was shocked at the approaches everyone took toward an obviously traumatized boy. It ocurred to no one that finding a young boy murdered might damage the kid? And that they tried to reteach him how to talk, as if he never knew how, instead of finding the root of his distress! Thrusting him into environments where he was subject to taunting and torture, without a voice to fight back, apalled me. And that everyone seemed to blame the troubled child without concern for his obvious distress. I bet the story could have been told better. I hope the real story hasn't been tarnished because of an inadequate portrayal of it in a TV movie.


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