7.4/10
25,363
115 user 54 critic

An American Crime (2007)

Trailer
1:16 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

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

Director:

Reviews
Popularity
3,894 ( 609)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Based on the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name, The Girl Next Door follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt...and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime.

Director: Gregory Wilson
Stars: William Atherton, Blythe Auffarth, Blanche Baker
Hard Candy (2005)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A teenage girl raids a man's home in order to expose him under suspicion that he is a sex offender with pedophilia.

Director: David Slade
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

15-year-old Tracey Berkowitz is naked under a shower curtain at the back of a bus, looking for her little brother Sonny, who thinks he's a dog.

Director: Bruce McDonald
Stars: Ellen Page, Zie Souwand, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos
In Her Skin (2009)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Tale of a 15-year-old Australian girl who goes missing.

Director: Simone North
Stars: Guy Pearce, Miranda Otto, Ruth Bradley
3096 Days (2013)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young Austrian girl is kidnapped and held in captivity for eight years. Based on the factual case of Natascha Kampusch.

Director: Sherry Hormann
Stars: Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Thure Lindhardt, Amelia Pidgeon
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After being abducted as children, and suffering years of abuse, a teenage boy and girl find themselves living on the street.

Director: Damian Harris
Stars: Gillian Jacobs, John Malkovich, Ryan Simpkins
Whip It (2009)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin.

Director: Drew Barrymore
Stars: Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Wiig
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An adventurous coming-of-age story that follows young rebellious Sherry through Europe as she loses her illusions, virginity and lip ring.

Director: Alison Murray
Stars: Ellen Page, Natasha Wightman, August Diehl
The Dead Girl (2006)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect.

Director: Karen Moncrieff
Stars: Toni Collette, Brittany Murphy, Marcia Gay Harden
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s.

Director: James Mangold
Stars: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie Pitt, Clea DuVall
Trust I (2010)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A teenage girl is targeted by an online sexual predator.

Director: David Schwimmer
Stars: Clive Owen, Catherine Keener, Liana Liberato
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A late night talk show host masterminds an elaborate scheme to save his canceled show and avenge his wife's affair, entangling an eclectic collection of tinsel towners in the process.

Director: Brandon Beckner
Stars: Whitney Able, Tom Arnold, Jordan Belfi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Paula Baniszewski
...
...
...
Shirley Baniszewski (as Hannah Leigh Dworkin)
...
...
Reverend Bill Collier
...
Marie Baniszewski
...
Hope Orbach
Patricia Place ...
Mrs. Doyle
Calvin Keet ...
Mr. Doyle
Edit

Storyline

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. Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

This has been the most terrible crime ever committed in the state of Indiana See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 December 2007 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

The Basement  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film is based largely on actual court transcripts from the case. See more »

Goofs

Gertrude turns over her matchbook to strike a match. In 1965, the striking strip was still on the front of a matchbook, not the back. See more »

Quotes

Shirley Baniszewski: I thought we were just teaching her.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The final credit states "Sylvia Likens, 1949-1965". See more »

Connections

Referenced in The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Downtown
Written by Tony Hatch
Performed by Petula Clark
Courtesy of Disques Vogue and Sony BMG Music Entertainment (France)
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
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.


55 of 89 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The film's major flaw kincaid-5
The most evil of them all Fleurus
Compared to The Girl Nextdoor chelsi-boswell
Deletions ManofArete
I'm no expert on the case but I know this isn't how it went down iseemoviepeople
So Inacurate melmwells
Discuss An American Crime (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?