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Speak (2004)

 -  Drama  -  20 January 2004 (USA)
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After a blurred trauma over the summer, Melinda enters high school a selective mute. Struggling with school, friends, and family, she tells the dark tale of her experiences, and why she has chosen not to speak.

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Andy Evans
Leslie Lyles ...
Hairwoman
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Joyce Sordino
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Heather
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Jack Sordino
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Mr. Freeman
Dick Hagerman ...
School bus driver
Remy Brommer ...
Todd (as A. Remy Brommer)
Grace Ameter ...
Emily
Tyanna Rolley ...
Nicole
Kimberly Kish ...
Ms. Keen
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Storyline

The young adolescent Melinda Sordino arrives at high school feeling confused, depressed and alone. Her school peers call her "squealer", because she alerted the police during a summer party after she was sexually assaulted by Andy Evans. She refuses to tell anyone the events that took place. Her depression and distance from people is made worse by the increasingly large gap between her and her parents. She finds great support with her art teacher Mr. Freeman and her school friend David Petrakis. Her feelings threaten to engulf her but Melinda learns to grow from her experiences instead of repressing the past emotions that have scarred her for the rest of her life. Written by Andrew Rodriguez, Tinton Falls New Jersey

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The Truth Will Change Everything.

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving a teen rape | See all certifications »

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20 January 2004 (USA)  »

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Beszélj!  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

"Sordino," Melinda's last name, means "muted." See more »

Goofs

The mashed potatoes thrown on Melinda's shirt changes between shots. When we first see it, the spot is large and the next time we see it, it's smaller and more flat. See more »

Quotes

Principal: Well?
Joyce Sordino: Oh for the love of gGd, open your mouth Melinda.
Jack Sordino: This is childish honey.
Joyce Sordino: I don't know why she's doing this to us.
Guidance Counselor: We're not ganging up on you. We're here to help.
Principal: Let's start with grades. This isn't what we expected of you Melissa.
Jack Sordino: Melinda!
Principal: Last year you were a straight-B student. No behavioral problems, few absences. What do you have to say?
Joyce Sordino: She's mute. She's mute! She not saying *anything*.
Guidance Counselor: I think that we need to explore the family dynamics at play.
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Referenced in Awkward.: Pilot (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Requiem, Op. 48
written by: Gabriel Faure
performed by Lisa Beckley, Nicholas Gedge, Colm Carey, and the Scholas Cantorum of Oxford
conducted by Jeremy Summerty
courtesy of Naxos by arrangement with Source/Q
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Kristen Stewart proves herself to be our next great actress
5 September 2005 | by (New Haven, CT) – See all my reviews

More than anything, watch SPEAK for Kristen Stewart's raw, honest, beautiful performance. This young actress can convey more with one look than most veterans can with an entire monologue. She reminds me of a young Mary Louise Parker. And as a director, she shot up on my wish list of people I'd one day like to work with!

Aside from Stewart, the film is very well directed, tightly scripted...Steve Zahn is quite good as the art teacher with the heart of gold...

And I love the score, which owes a lot to Neutral Milk Hotel.

But really it's all about Stewart. There isn't one beat of her performance which does not ring true.

Masterful!


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