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Writers (WGA):
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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

Elizabeth Perkins ... Joyce Sordino
Dick Hagerman ... School Bus Driver

Allison Siko ... Heather
Remy Brommer ... Yearbook Photographer (as A. Remy Brommer)

Robert John Burke ... Mr. Neck
Grace Ameter ... Emily
Tyanna Rolley ... Nicole
Leslie Lyles ... Hairwoman

Hallee Hirsh ... Rachel

Michael Angarano ... Dave Petrakis
Kimberly Kish ... Ms. Keen
Megan Pillar ... Ivy

Steve Zahn ... Mr. Freeman

D.B. Sweeney ... Jack Sordino
Jamie Lee White ... Social Studies Student

Eric Lively ... Andy Evans
Christina Hardebeck ... Meg

Caitlyn Folley ... Girl at Pep Rally
Tony Roseboro ... Principal
Susan Gardner ... Guidance Counselor

Arron Kinser ... Art Student (as Aaron Kinser)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laurie Halse Anderson ... Cafeteria Worker (uncredited)
Tricia Aurand ... High School Student (uncredited)
John Brickner ... High School Kid (uncredited)
Matt Cahoon ... High School Student (uncredited)

Dianna Craig ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Tim Cruz ... Asian Student (uncredited)
E.K. Dagenfield ... Scrawny Freshman (uncredited)
Courtney Hardebeck ... Siobhan (uncredited)

Matthew Jolly ... High School Student (uncredited)
Rebecca Rivo ... High School Librarian (uncredited)
Annie Young Frisbie ... Medical Student (uncredited)

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 .... key on-set dresser
Pernilla Ekstrom Greenwood .... assistant property master
Mark Hodes .... set dresser
Chad Mahan .... carpenter (as Chad Mayhan)
Jessica Secrest .... scenic artist
Sarah Silliman .... shopper
Scott Stevens .... set dresser
Jeffrey Thompson .... property master
Bryce Williams .... leadman (as Bryce Paul Williams)
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 .... 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
D. Lynn Meyers .... ohio casting
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
Location Management
Heather Glass .... assistant location manager
Mike Grosky .... location manager
Susan Hamilton .... location scout
Gabriel Hoy .... location intern
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
Kayse Goodell .... production assistant
Joe Graham .... production office intern: NY
Matthew Hamachek .... production assistant
Matthew Hamachek .... set production assistant
Jim Hartz .... welfare worker: teacher
Chris Hersberger .... set intern: Ohio
Suzanne Hodsden .... office assistant
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: Kristen 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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Did You Know?

Allison Siko, who plays Heather in this movie, also starred in "Law and Order: SVU" (in seasons 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, & 12), as Kathleen Stabler, daughter of Detective Elliott Stabler, who played a detective who investigates rapes and sexual assaults.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Melinda Sordino:It's time for a mental health day. So conjugate this: I cut class. You cut class. He/she/it cuts class.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Awkward.: Pilot (#1.1)" (2011)See more »
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81 out of 92 people found the following review useful.
A Beautiful Piece of Work, 11 February 2004
Author: KM_391 from New Jersey

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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