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Mockingbird Don't Sing (2001)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Tannen
Dr. Norm Glazer
Dr. Judy Bingham
Dr. Stan York
Louise Standon
Tarra Steele ...
Beverly Glazer
Mr. Manning
Sharon Madden ...
Mrs. Manning
Wes Standon
Michael Azria ...
Billy Standon
Josh Boyd ...
Johnathen Glazer
Bryn Larsen ...
Rachel Glazer


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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Release Date:

4 May 2001 (USA)  »

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Pour l'amour de Katie  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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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 »


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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12 January 2003 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I missed this film, when it was displayed at University by ‘my' Psychology department, but as soon as I stumbled over it in our local Video Store, I rented it and quite honestly, I don't know what to tell you. I really believe, that I can't say this was a good film, because the story is just too sad and too real. What I can say though, is that this is an utmost interesting film, which displays what humans are capable of in a very professional way. I must say this, for I felt this was not so much a dramatized version of a true life event, but rather a documentary on a true life event. This is neither a tear jerker, nor a graphically violent film but maybe that it is also the reason it is twice as memorable as your average psychological drama. This film will leave you sitting shocked and numb in front of your TV.

8 out of 10 (for people who are really interested in the human psyche like psychology students)

7 out of 10 (for the average viewer)

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