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An American Crime (2007)

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The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.

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Shirley Baniszewski (as Hannah Leigh Dworkin)
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Based on a true story that shocked the nation in 1965, the film recounts one of the most shocking crimes ever committed against a single victim. Sylvia and Jennie Fae Likens, the two daughters of traveling carnival workers are left for an extended stay at the Indianapolis home of single mother Gertrude Baniszewski and her six children. Times are tough, and Gertrude's financial needs cause her to make this arrangement before realizing how the burden will push her unstable nature to a breaking point. What transpires in the next three months is both riveting and horrific, leaving one child dead and the rest scarred for life. Written by alfiehitchie

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The true story of a child's punishment that became a woman's crime. See more »

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong and disturbing depiction of child abuse and torture | See all certifications »

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7 December 2007 (Sweden)  »

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The Basement  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Ellen Page was the only choice to play Sylvia Likens. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) When Gertrude Baniszewski burns Sylvia Likens with a cigarette on the top of her hand, Sylvia screams (flash to outside) the view from the outside of the house shows a fan in the front window of the house then, Sylvia screams again and the next view from outside the house there is no fan in the window. See more »

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Leroy K. New: Are you scared?
Gertrude Baniszewski: I've been scared about a lot of things for a long time.
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The final credit states "Sylvia Likens, 1949-1965". See more »

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Performed by Chad and Jeremy
Re-record courtesy of Dominion Entertainment, Inc.
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An American Crime vs. Girl Next Door
30 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all someone said " The Girl Next Door" wasn't based on actual events .You'd have to be oblivious not to see it's based on this case with some minor changes.

I feel that The Girl Next Door is a much more disturbing film then An American Crime because the degree of abuse is much more accurate in relation to what happened in real life.

Also I was somewhat disturbed that the the director tried to show Gertrude in a somewhat sympathetic light as if he was trying to make some sort of feminist statement that Gertrude was a victim of 50's male oppression.In reality she was a sexual sadist of unspeakable proportions.


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