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Mockingbird Don't Sing (2001)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 4 May 2001 (USA)
On November 4, 1970 on The CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite reported on a true, horrific story that was about to rock the country. A 13-year-old girl was discovered in the small Los ... See full summary »

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On November 4, 1970 on The CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite reported on a true, horrific story that was about to rock the country. A 13-year-old girl was discovered in the small Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia who was still in diapers, barely able to walk and unable to speak. Kept in severe isolation by her parents with virtually no human contact for more than 10 years, she was confined to her bedroom, tied to her potty-chair and left to fend for herself. As Cronkite noted, it was one of the most horrendous cases of child abuse ever to surface. Much like an animal, the girl spat, sniffed and clawed. She had none of the traits or characteristics of conventional human behavior, nor could she comprehend such modern societal conveniences as silverware or bathroom etiquette. Her emotional development was practically non-existent, and she could not speak. With this heartbreaking story, the world was being introduced to a fragile, beautiful teenager who seemed and behaved like an infant, or ... Written by Steven Zeller

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Pour l'amour de Katie  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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The character of Katie is based on a girl called "Genie" by a few scientists and the character of Sandra is based on the linguist Susan Curtiss. See more »

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Katie has supposedly been locked away since she was a baby,but her ears are pierced and she has ear studs, as can clearly be seen in several scenes. See more »

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Sandra Tannen: Katie said something the other day. She said, and these are her exact words, "Father hit big stick." Do you have any idea what that might mean?
Louise Standon: Well, Wes, he didn't like noise. That's why he didn't want children... and Katie, well, sometimes...
Sandra Tannen: She'd make noise.
Louise Standon: And Wes, he kept a big stick in the corner of her room for when she acted up.
Sandra Tannen: So how often did he beat her?
Louise Standon: Not all that much. He had a few other ways of keeping her quiet.
Sandra Tannen: Like?
Louise Standon: He'd growl.
Sandra Tannen: What?
Louise Standon: He'd growl... like a dog.
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The Mockingbird Song
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Katie a child with so much potential
13 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

Mockingbird don't sing. The title of a moving, and informative film we as a group of people recently viewed. The main theme centered on a girl (Katie), and the terrible conditions she was put into early in life, some trauma, and how people tried to help work through her disabilities. An important part we as group saw was how darkly, and dimly lit, it showed the dark atmosphere that was associated with what went on in that room. We also saw an interesting fact that the shades were made out of newspapers ( a source to the outside world) yet Katie was totally isolated, and oblivious to all that was going on outside of that dark dim room.

Katie was born with a mental disability. It says this in the movie when it gives the background info onto her earlier life. The question is how different Katie could have been if she had not been put into the abusive conditions she was so early in life. Or even why her father did this to her, and put her through so much early agony.

Even though Katie may have had a legitimate mental disability, we believe that given the proper care, treatment, and love Katie could have lived through a different set of variations that were brought to her. It has been proved time, and time again that children do not only need the bare essentials to live, they also need mental, physical, and warm emotional stimulation ( Child Development Institute). Katie was deprived of basically all of these essentials.

It was sad how everyone that was supposedly trying to help Katie, were doing it to try and help themselves. We even saw Sandra doing this especially in how she treated Katie during the lesson on forming a correct question. She was working just to make Katie learn as fast as possible, and not caring about the pace or her understanding of what it was she was learning.

The title Mockingbird don't sing is a perfect title for this film. I say that because in the song mockingbird don't sing, if the mockingbird does not sing then the person simply moves on to a new gift like the diamond ring. The people in this movie that were working with Katie were like the mother singing. When Katie ( the mockingbird )was not singing they were moving on a bit away from her with getting upset with her, and not going at a pace that would have helped her actually understand what she was doing rather than just mocking or doing what she was doing.


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