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Speak (2004)

PG-13  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joyce Sordino
Dick Hagerman ...
School Bus Driver
Remy Brommer ...
Yearbook Photographer (as A. Remy Brommer)
Grace Ameter ...
Tyanna Rolley ...
Leslie Lyles ...
Kimberly Kish ...
Ms. Keen
Megan Pillar ...
Jack Sordino


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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beszélj!  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filming was temporarily cut short at the school where certain scenes were shot because of flooding during an especially heavy summer rain. See more »


In one scene Melinda and her parents are unwrapping a large box while sitting on the floor. In the next scene, the box is fully wrapped again. See more »


Melinda Sordino: Today is career day. Am I A: a helper B: a doer C: a planner or D: a dreamer.
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Referenced in Awkward.: Pilot (2011) See more »


Requiem, Op. 48
Written by Gabriel Fauré
Performed by Lisa Beckley, Nicholas Gedge, Colm Carey and the Schola Cantorum of Oxford conducted by Jeremy Summerty
Courtesy of Naxos by arrangement with Source/Q
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A Beautiful Piece of Work
11 February 2004 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at Sundance and was very surprised that it went home with no awards. Though I'm not familiar with the book, I can say that Jessica Scharzer does a masterful job of telling a delicate story in a very real and touching way. It is never easy to handle a story about a traumatizing event, but to do it with such sensitivity, in the midst of a HILARIOUS movie, is pure genius. A great deal of the credit must go to Kristen Stewart for her portrayal of a girl whose emotions are always known to the audience, though she hardly ever says a word. Anyone who has been to high school should get a big kick from some of the send-ups in "Speak." And for anyone who has doubted the talents of Steve Zahn, just look for the scene where he sees what Melinda (Stewart) has done in the supply closet.

I hope to see this movie in theaters soon, and I give it my highest recommendation. And no, I don't know anyone who was involved with it. I just wanted to give credit where credit is due. Go see this movie!

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