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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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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

A downpour during the filming of some outdoor party scenes required the on-the-spot alteration of a few key sequences, including the replacement of some underage extras by miscellaneous crew members. Also, the indoor scene in which Andy Evans Eric Lively towels Melinda's (Kristen Stewart's) hair dry was a last minute improvisation due to the unexpected rain. 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

Mr. Neck: You got a hall pass, young lady? Come here. Hustle, young lady!
[Melinda runs to Mr. Neck]
Mr. Neck: 7 minutes passed grace period. Name? Don't make this difficult. Name?
Melinda Sordino: Melinda Sordino.
Mr. Neck: Grade?
Melinda Sordino: Ninth.
Mr. Neck: That's one demerit, Sordino. Get to class.
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Referenced in Awkward.: Pilot (2011) See more »

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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 was wonderful
5 August 2004 | by (Meridian) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at the film festival and I fell in love with it. Kristen is my fav actor so I just had to see it. Kristen was so amazing she does things with her expressions and her face detail the actors older then her are still trying to accomplish. I can't wait to buy it so I can watch it over and over and admire her talent! I also thought that they were also many great actors in this film. I have to give credit to jessica the screen writer she did an amazing job. At first I didn't know how the movie was going to turn out because it is all basically in Melindas head. But it turned out awesome and I cannot wait for it to come out so I cam admire it at home everyday. You rock Kristen.


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