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An American Crime -- In Tommy O’Haver’s heartbreaking and hard-hitting film, AN AMERICAN CRIME, Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener portrays Gertrude Baniszewski, the seemingly ordinary housewife who imprisons and tortures a beautiful teenager.
An American Crime -- The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.
An American Crime -- In Tommy O'Haver's heartbreaking and hard-hitting film, AN AMERICAN CRIME, Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener portrays Gertrude Baniszewski, the seemingly ordinary housewife who imprisons and tortures a beautiful teenager, played by Academy Award nominee Ellen Page, in the basement of her house.
An American Crime -- In Tommy O’Haver’s heartbreaking and hard-hitting film, AN AMERICAN CRIME, Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener portrays Gertrude Baniszewski, the seemingly ordinary housewife who imprisons and tortures a beautiful teenager.


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Writers (WGA):
Tommy O'Haver (written by) &
Irene Turner (written by)
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Release Date:
7 December 2007 (Sweden) See more »
This has been the most terrible crime ever committed in the state of Indiana See more »
The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
sad film, good directing, worth watching. See more (111 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ellen Page ... Sylvia Likens

Hayley McFarland ... Jennie Likens

Nick Searcy ... Lester Likens

Romy Rosemont ... Betty Likens

Catherine Keener ... Gertrude Baniszewski

Ari Graynor ... Paula Baniszewski

Scout Taylor-Compton ... Stephanie Baniszewski

Tristan Jarred ... Johnny Baniszewski

Hannah Leigh ... Shirley Baniszewski (as Hannah Leigh Dworkin)

Bradley Whitford ... Prosecutor

Michael O'Keefe ... Reverend Bill Collier

Carlie Westerman ... Marie Baniszewski

Michelle Benes ... Hope Orbach
Patricia Place ... Mrs. Doyle
Calvin Keet ... Mr. Doyle

Jeremy Sumpter ... Coy Hubbard

James Franco ... Andy

Brian Geraghty ... Bradley

Channing Nichols ... Patty
Eliza Dean ... Mary

Michael Welch ... Teddy

Evan Peters ... Ricky Hobbs

Amy Ferguson ... Sally

Scott Eastwood ... Eric (as Scott Reeves)

Will Carter ... Officer Waters (as William Carter)

Edward James Gage ... Bailiff

Kuma ... Dog
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Paul Grace ... Cottin Candy Vendor (uncredited)
Chris Harris ... Jury Member (uncredited)
James Meehan ... Defense Attorney (uncredited)

Paul Palo ... Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
Isabel Shaw ... Juror (uncredited)

Gary Sievers ... Carnie (uncredited)

Directed by
Tommy O'Haver 
Writing credits
Tommy O'Haver (written by) &
Irene Turner (written by)

Produced by
Jocelyn Hayes .... producer (as Jocelyn Hayes Simpson)
Pamela Koffler .... executive producer
Hans Ritter .... co-producer
Katie Roumel .... producer
Richard Shore .... executive producer
Kevin Turen .... producer
Christine Vachon .... producer
Ruth Vitale .... executive producer
John Wells .... executive producer
Henry Winterstern .... producer
Original Music by
Alan Ari Lazar  (as Alan Lazar)
Cinematography by
Byron Shah (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Melissa Kent 
Casting by
Anya Colloff 
Judy Cook 
Amy McIntyre Britt 
Michael V. Nicolo 
Production Design by
Nathan Amondson 
Art Direction by
Zach Bangma 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Alkofer 
Costume Design by
Alix Hester 
Makeup Department
Mandy Danielle Benton .... additional makeup artist (as Mandy Benton)
Marc Boyle .... additional hair stylist
Essie Cha .... additional makeup artist
Daniel Curet .... hair department head
Jorjee Douglass .... makeup department head (as Jorjee Douglas)
Rebecca Perkins .... special effects makeup
Randa Squillacote .... key hair stylist
Nancy Stimac .... additional hair stylist
Liz Webster .... additional hair stylist (as Elizabeth Webster)
Production Management
Stuart Burkin .... executive in charge of production
Beau J. Genot .... post-production supervisor
Jonathan McCoy .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lance W. Lanfear .... day player first assistant director (as Lance Lanfear)
Chad Rosen .... first assistant director
Tessa Lyn Stephenson .... second assistant director
Frank Tignini .... second second assistant director
Frankie Tignini .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Isaac Amondson .... set dresser
Rachel Amondson .... art department production assistant
Bruce Bellamy .... set dresser
Craig D. Bentley .... propmaker
Max Bozeman .... leadman (as Max K. Bozeman)
Nelson Bush .... leadman
Michael A. Clark .... propmaker gang boss
Scott Cockerell .... assistant property master (as Scott C. Cockerell)
Billy Constantine .... painter
Juliane Crump .... conceptual researcher
Scott Enge .... plasterer
David Esparza .... painter
Eduardo H. Esparza .... propmaker gang boss (as Eddie Esparza)
Brian Fernandez .... plasterer
Craig Handschu .... set dresser
Ken Howland .... plasterer
Sean D. Jackson .... set dresser
Roger Kelton .... construction coordinator
Jina Kim .... p.a.
Scott Kitchen .... propmaker foreman (as Scott A. Kitchen)
Chris Larsen .... set dresser
Robert C. Moore .... propmaker
Jeffrey M. O'Brien .... property master
Doreen Parker .... painter
Chris Patterson .... set dresser
Paul V. Picerni Jr. .... on-set property (as Paul V. Picerni)
Kip Sawyer .... paint foreman
Jamie Silverstein .... set intern
Dan Thompson .... set intern
Dennis J. Vannatta .... set dresser (as Dennis Vannatta)
Helen Wilson .... swing
Herbert James Winterstern .... art department intern
Adam C. Woods .... propmaker
Sound Department
Albert Aquino .... boom operator
Vince Balunas .... adr & dialogue editor
Jeff K. Brunello .... sound effects editor
Dennis Carlin .... sound utility
Daniel Colman .... sound effects editor
Mick Davies .... boom operator
Bill Devine .... adr recordist
Michael J. Fox .... adr mixer
David Holmes .... sound utility
Marti D. Humphrey .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris M. Jacobson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jack Levy .... supervising sound editor
Doug Madick .... foley artist
Richard Partlow .... foley artist (as Rick Partlow)
Scott Stolz .... sound mixer
Steve Weiss .... sound mixer
Ronald L. Wright .... boom operator
Special Effects by
David Waine .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Travis Baumann .... Flame artist
Kristin Johnson .... digital compositor
Kristin Johnson .... visual effects supervisor
Albert Mason .... visual effects producer
Christopher Stack .... imaging supervisor: Digiscope
Ed McDermott II .... precision driver
Lou Simon .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeb Banegas .... camera intern
Amy Bojanowski .... additional loader
Cris Borgnine .... additional electrician
Richard W. Botchlet .... additional best boy electric
Patrick Brennan .... lighting board operator
Nathaniel R. Brown .... additional electrician (as Nate Brown)
Danielle C. Carroll .... additional loader
Brian Christie .... dolly grip
Jeff Clark .... Steadicam operator
Kelly Cummins .... second assistant camera
Jeanne Dear .... additional company grip
Guido Egger .... additional company grip
Eric Forand .... additional gaffer
Michael Francisco .... additional electrician (as Michael A. Francisco)
Samuel Buddy Fries .... camera operator (as Bud Fries)
Stephen Furry .... best boy rigging grip
Kevin C. Goff .... additional second assistant camera: "b" camera
Erik Gonzales .... additional set electrician
Jilliane Grodecki .... camera intern
Timothy Hedgecock .... electrician (as Tim Hedgecock)
Mike Horan .... best boy grip (as Mike 'Mega' Horan)
Paul Janossy .... first assistant camera
Hunter Laizure .... electrician
Heather Lea .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Heather Leroy)
Eric Lee .... still photographer
Sabyn Mayfield .... key grip
Wes Meilandt .... additional electrician
Gerald Mermian .... additional company grip
Daniel Miller .... additional company grip
Cris Moris .... additional electrician (as Chrisobal Moris)
Michael M. Mosley .... additional electrician (as Mike Moseley)
Kevin Mucha .... additional electrician
David Newbert .... grip
Elmer S. Osorio .... generator operator (as Elmer Osorio)
Rich Paisley .... gaffer (as Richard Paisley)
Matt Perry .... rigging best boy
Michelle Pizanis .... loader: "b" camera
Michelle Pizanis .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Michele Pizanis)
Kelly Price .... additional company grip (as Kelly Prize)
Avi Roffman .... additional electrician
Michael Roy .... rigging gaffer (as Michael Victor Roy)
Aaron Schulte .... best boy electric
Kevin Sheedy .... additional company grip
Michael Silva .... additional electrician (as Mike Silva)
Erik Solorio .... additional company grip
Travis Stewart .... electrician
Daniel Taylor .... second assistant camera
Maxwell Thorpe .... grip intern
Rick Tschudin .... additional first assistant camera: "b" camera
Kenny Tucker .... additional electrician
Jim West .... additional company grip
Matt Whitted .... grip (as Matthew Whitted)
Chad Wilson .... Steadicam operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tiana Aiello .... costumer
Lori Ayala-Read .... costume supervisor (as Lori Reed)
Molly O'Haver .... costumer
Editorial Department
Stacy Katzman .... assistant editor
Mato .... color timer
Music Department
Spring Aspers .... music supervisor
Greg Dennen .... scoring crew: studio engineer
Ryan Gaines .... music coordinator
Petra Haden .... vocalist
Alan Ari Lazar .... orchestrator
David Low .... orchestra contractor
Mike Nowak .... conductor (as Michael Nowak)
Larry Rench .... orchestrator
Casey Stone .... music recordist
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Dean Menta .... music editor (uncredited)
Ashley Waldron .... executive in charge of music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Morris Aroesti .... driver
Michael Perrotti .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Caleb Aldrich .... production intern
Carlos A. Aragon .... location manager
Matt Baker .... key set production assistant (as Matthew Baker)
Greg Bernstein .... legal services
MaryEllen Blair .... assistant: Mr. Winterstern
Meghan Burchfield .... production assistant
Joe Cappelletti .... group ADR director
Yee Yeo Chang .... assistant: Ms. Vachon
Marjorie Chodorov .... production accountant
Sarah Clifford .... head animal trainer
John Patrick L. Crum .... production assistant
Gloria De Leon .... production intern
Chris Disher .... assistant: Mr. O'Haver (as Christopher Disher)
Heather Fielding .... misc crew
Sean P. Galvin .... set production assistant
Danny Illouz .... payroll accountant
Paul Jaconi-Biery .... production coordinator
Eloy Lara .... key set medic
Joanna Lara .... assistant production coordinator
Jan McWilliams .... script supervisor
Ania Milaszewicz .... assistant: Mr. O'Haver
Beth Newbauer .... assistant: Mr. Winterstern
Hans Ritter .... head of production (as Hans Christian Ritter)
Karen Roberts .... post-production accountant
Matt Rubin .... assistant: Mr. Turen
Kristina Santoro .... key assistant location manager/scout
Lou Simon .... fight choreographer
Jonathan Stopek .... assistant: Ms. Hayes-Simpson
Fiona Walsh .... production assistant
Jonathan Bell .... thanks
Hugh Dancy .... special thanks
Billy Mulligan .... special thanks
Kirsten Smith .... special thanks
John Waters .... very special thanks

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • Digiscope (digital effects) (as Digiscope, LLC)
Other Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for strong and disturbing depiction of child abuse and torture
98 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The film is based largely on actual court transcripts from the case.See more »
Continuity: At one point during a punishment scene, the shot changes to the neighbors outside, and a fan is visible in an open window. The shot returns to the same view a moment later, but the window is closed, the curtains are drawn, and no fan is visible.See more »
Sylvia Likens:[after they've been lashed, Sylvia sits down next to Jenny, hoping to comfort her] Come on, Jenny. It's not like we've never had a spanking before.
[Sylvia puts her hand on her sister's shoulder]
Sylvia Likens:That check's gonna come along, I swear.
[When Jenny doesn't answer, Sylvia puts her lips to her sister's head and strokes her hair]
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Movie Connections:
Version of The Girl Next Door (2007)See more »
The Birds and the BeesSee more »


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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
sad film, good directing, worth watching., 23 June 2009
Author: Edward Butcher (TheFemaleEdward) from United Kingdom

This film was very sad, and the outcome; slightly unpredicted. It makes you look at the screen, confused and slightly horrified. The direction of the film is very good, somehow it makes you feel like you're involved, but like you cant be of any help, which I think reflects the feelings of the majority of the characters.

The influence of the Catherine Keener's character on her children obviously has a different effect by the end of the film. It is a very touching film, as it forces you to see the strength it takes to protect your family, from evils that are affecting you, and evidently you, yourself.

Ellen Page's Acting is on top-form in this film. She's very convincing. In fact, all the acting in this film is extremely good. And the amount of violence, isn't heavy at all, although some people find some scenes hard to watch. However, everything in the film, is crucial to the story. And ultimately, this is a story of a girl, who was stricken by misfortune. I believe her story was told well. But I'm sure there's more to it. Although, if hit by such grief, I wouldn't mind warning the world of such ill adventures.

Overall: this film should be given a metaphorical, standing ovation. As there are so many things about this piece, good; however intense, bitter and sorrowful, it is definitely one worth watching.

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