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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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Also Known As:

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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The rape scene was originally supposed to take place in the woods. However, shortly before filming, Kristen Stewart discovered she had an allergy to the grass that caused her to rash, so the scene was moved to a car. When she's walking home from the party, there are leaves on her back because that scene was filmed before she learned of the allergy. See more »

Goofs

"Melinda says the school mascot is changing from the Trojans to the Hornets. However, during the pep rally the cheerleaders are introduced as the "Merryweather Falcons"." This isn't a goof, it's a running theme through the movie as a later announcement changes the team name to the Wombats. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Freeman: In here is a piece of paper and on that piece of paper is a word. You are gonna spend the rest of the year turning that object into art.
Ivy: Uh, Mr Freeman? When I was little I was really scared of clowns and I don't wanna relapse and have to go back into therapy.
Mr. Freeman: Oh yeah, well, fear is a great place to begin art.
[Melinda picks a piece of paper that says "tree" and tries to put it back]
Mr. Freeman: Hey! Whoa. You just chose your destiny. You can't change that.
Melinda Sordino: I learned how to draw a tree in like the 2nd grade...
Mr. Freeman:
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Stand Clear
written by Sara Shaoul
performed by The Recorder Club; Sara Shaoul, Matt Rocker
produced by Matt Rocker
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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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