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Writers (WGA):
Laurie Halse Anderson (novel)
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The Truth Will Change Everything.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Kristen Stewart ... Melinda Sordino

Michael Angarano ... Dave Petrakis

Robert John Burke ... Mr. Neck

Hallee Hirsh ... Rachel Bruin

Eric Lively ... Andy Evans
Leslie Lyles ... Hairwoman

Elizabeth Perkins ... Joyce Sordino

Allison Siko ... Heather

D.B. Sweeney ... Jack Sordino

Steve Zahn ... Mr. Freeman
Dick Hagerman ... School bus driver
Remy Brommer ... Todd (as A. Remy Brommer)
Grace Ameter ... Emily
Tyanna Rolley ... Nicole
Kimberly Kish ... Ms. Keen
Megan Pillar ... Ivy
Jamie Lee White ... Social Studies student
Courtney Hardebeck ... Siobhan
Christina Hardebeck ... Meg

Caitlyn Folley ... Randi

Susan Gardner ... Guidance Counselor
Tony Roseboro ... Principal

Arron Kinser ... Senior Boy Adam (as Aaron Kinser)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Brickner ... High School Kid
Graham High School Dancin' Band From Falconland ... Pep Band in Pep Rally Scene
Bekah Kiley ... Flag Raiser
Laurie Halse Anderson ... Cafeteria Worker (uncredited)
Tricia Aurand ... High School Student (uncredited)
Matt Cahoon ... High School Student (uncredited)
Dianna Craig ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Tim Cruz ... Asian Student (uncredited)
Conor E.K. Dagenfield ... Scrawny Freshman (uncredited)
Rebecca Rivo ... High School Librarian (uncredited)
Annie Young Frisbie ... Medical Student (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jessica Sharzer 
Writing credits
Laurie Halse Anderson (novel "Speak")

Jessica Sharzer (screenplay) and
Annie Young Frisbie (screenplay)

Produced by
Fred Berner .... producer
Matthew Myers .... producer
Jerry Offsay .... executive producer
Rebecca Rivo .... associate producer
Jessica Sharzer .... co-producer
Annie Young Frisbie .... co-producer (as Annie Young Frisbie)
Original Music by
Christopher Libertino 
Cinematography by
Andrij Parekh 
Casting by
Mark Bennett 
Billy Hopkins 
Production Design by
Laura Ballinger 
Art Direction by
Ethan Brooke 
Costume Design by
Rebecca Gregg  (as Rebecca Bentjen)
Makeup Department
Melissa Forney .... hair department head
Bridget C. Henry .... assistant makeup artist
Darylin Nagy .... makeup department head
Janet Tallent-Dickson .... key hair stylist
Production Management
F. Rosenthal Berner .... unit production manager
Seth Adam Cohen .... production supervisor
Rebecca Rivo .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Meg Beatty .... second second assistant director
Jeremy Haak .... second second assistant director
Daniel J. Shaw .... first assistant director
Katie Tull .... second assistant director
Art Department
Brad Abner .... set dresser
Janelle Adams .... art department intern
Andrea Carroll .... property intern
Edith Dinger .... scenic artist
Maus Drechsler .... lead on-set dresser
Ana Katharina Dreschsler .... on-set dresser
Pernilla Ekstrom Greenwood .... assistant property master
Mark Hodes .... set dresser
Chad Mayhan .... carpenter
Jessica Secrest .... scenic artist
Sarah Silliman .... shopper
Scott Stevens .... set dresser
Jeffrey Thompson .... property master
Bryce Paul Williams .... leadman
Sound Department
Chris Cameron .... foley artist
David Ellinwood .... dialogue editor
David Ellinwood .... sound editor
Gonzalo Espinoza .... adr mixer
Boris Esposito .... sound mixer
Marshall McGee .... boom operator
Dave Paterson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Terra Roeschke .... adr coordinator
Cara Scarmack .... sound intern
Thomas Varga .... sound mixer (as Boris Esposito)
Damian Volpe .... supervising sound editor
Lisa France .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Tyler Andrews .... electric intern (as Tyler 'Tibor' Andrews)
Tim Cruz .... grip
Mike Csatlos .... second assistant camera
Brandon Cundiff .... company swing grip (as Brandon Cundieff)
Jim Farrell .... Steadicam operator
Jim Farrell .... camera operator
John Frisbie .... best boy electric
Matt Hayes .... best boy grip
Will Hong .... first assistant camera
Bob Izzo .... key grip
Gary Jackiewicz .... company grip
Chan Jeon .... best boy grip
Arron Kinser .... assistant camera (as Aaron Kinser)
Arron Kinser .... camera production assistant (as Aaron Kinser)
Kristopher Ross .... grip
Sean Ryan .... company electric
Frank Stubblefield .... gaffer (as W. Frank Stubblefield)
Casting Department
Cindi Buell .... extras casting
Richard Mason .... extras casting assistant
Lynn Myers .... ohio casting (as D. Lynn Meyers)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jordan Brettholz .... wardrobe intern
Dianna Craig .... wardrobe intern
Karen Hall .... set costumer
Kathy Karbowski .... wardrobe supervisor
Lily Raff .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Karen Barrett .... moving images post-production supervisor
Sonia Gonzalez .... assistant editor
Mike Harrop .... goldcrest post-production supervisor (as Michael Harrop)
Jim Montague .... smoke artist
Carlos Rodriguez .... color correction
Music Department
Zachary Koenig .... musician: cello solos
David Siskovic .... score mixer
Other crew
Jessica Almon .... production office intern: NY
Tara Andrus .... production coordinator
Mike Askew .... craft service
Katie Berman .... set intern: Ohio
Jason Block .... post-production accountant
Lauren Brundage .... assistant production coordinator
Lauren Brundage .... assistant production office coordinator
Dr. Jacqueline A. Bussie .... welfare worker
Monique Champagne .... set production assistant
Seth Adam Cohen .... NYC production supervisor
Noreen Compton .... production assistant
Amy Comstock .... production accountant
Amy Durning .... assistant to producer
Joel Girard .... set intern: Ohio
Heather Glass .... assistant location manager
Kayse Goodell .... production assistant
Joe Graham .... production office intern: NY
Mike Grosky .... location manager
Matthew Hamachek .... production assistant
Matthew Hamachek .... set production assistant
Susan Hamilton .... location scout
Jim Hartz .... welfare worker: teacher
Chris Hersberger .... set intern: Ohio
Suzanne Hodsden .... office assistant
Gabriel Hoy .... location intern
Dave Hughs .... set intern: Ohio
Garre Inks .... artist: artwork for Melinda
David Kneeream .... production assistant
Autumn Nakamura .... set intern: Ohio
Shannon Mackenzie Orr .... production office intern: NY
Gloria Pichhadze .... script supervisor
Derek Rimelspach .... production assistant
Derek Rimelspach .... set intern: Ohio
Mark Oliver Rylance .... location intern (as Mark Rylance)
Christina Schaich .... production assistant
Paige Swope .... Stand-In for Kristen Stewart
Paige Swope .... stand-in for Kristen Stewart
Paige Swope .... stand-in for ms. stewart
Richard Sylvarnes .... still photography
Paul Tepper .... artist: artwork for Mr. Freeman
Jessica Beisler .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael S. Brown .... special thanks
Michael Coleman .... special thanks (as Mayor Michael Coleman)
Jerry Droll .... special thanks
Graham High School Marching Band .... special thanks
Granville High School Drama Dept. .... special thanks
Darryl Lang .... special thanks
O.S.U. Theatre Dept. Mark Shonda .... special thanks
Michael Pogony .... special thanks
Austintown Fitch H.S. Cheerleading Squad .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving a teen rape
89 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Australia:M | Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | USA:PG-13
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Filming was temporarily cut short at the school where certain scenes were shot because of flooding during an especially heavy summer rain.See more »
Continuity: At the party, when Rachel slaps Melinda after learning that Melinda called the cops, Rachel's hair is straight. However, when Rachel gets into the car with her friends that are trying to escape, her hair is curly.See more »
David Petrakis:The suffragettes fought for their right to speak. They were attacked, arrested and thrown in jail for daring to do what they wanted to do. Like them, Melinda is willing to stand up for what she believes. That no one should be forced to give speeches.
Mr. Neck:What is this?
David Petrakis:Melinda has to deliver her report to the class as part of the assignment. She made copies everyone can read.
Mr. Neck:Oh, no you don't. When I say oral I mean oral. Now you
Mr. Neck:sit down! And *you*
Mr. Neck:read that report. Open your mouth Sordino. Open your damn mouth!
[Melinda remains silent]
Mr. Neck:I am so sick of your attitude.
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24 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
A Contribution to Society, 1 February 2004
Author: Bill ( from Park City

I can react to this movie on a number of levels. First of all, it is a wonderful thing that this film was made. It deals with a very real yet very troubling issue, and handles it with sensitivity and hope. This movie has the potential to really help people, and I can't think of a better legacy for a filmmaker.

Despite all that, I wish this would have been a better movie. The pacing of the story seemed wildly out of whack and there were a couple of directorial decisions that could certainly be questioned. On the other hand, Kristen Stewart's performance in the lead role of Melinda was excellent, although the rest of the acting left me flat. (Even Steve Zahn, who I normally love, seemed a bit miscast.) And while the writing didn't grab me, there were enough light-hearted moments to make Melinda's personal anguish bearable for the audience.

Beyond cinema as therapy, the film contained meaningful insights into the potential of artistic expression in healing, the general alienation of being a freshman in high school, or the critical relationship of an individual's will and determination with the healing process. People should see this movie not because of its cinematic excellence but because it has an important and optimistic message.

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