Gardens of the Night (2008)

R  |   |  Drama  |  21 November 2008 (USA)
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After being abducted as children, and suffering years of abuse, a teenage boy and girl find themselves living on the street.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Young Leslie
Jermaine Scooter Smith ...
Young Donnie (as Jermaine 'Scooter' Smith)
Raynold Gideon ...
Judge Feeney
Mrs. Feeney
Natalie May ...
Judge's Daughter
Blackberry John


An 8-year-old girl is taken from her home and convinced that her family does not want her anymore. After enduring years of horror, she and her fellow victim are dumped by their capturers. Now, 17 years old and no one to turn to except each other, they do their best to survive life on the streets, until one day she finally accepts the help of a shelter counselor to find her way home. However, what she truly finds is the love of her life and that you can never go back. "Gardens of the Night", is a haunting, gritty and topical story which delves deep into the world of child abduction and where it often leads... for the "lucky ones." The writer/director, Damian Harris bases his story on the kids, counselors, cops and pimps he met during two years of research. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing content involving sexual exploitation of a child, language, sexual content and some drug use

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21 November 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jardins da Noite  »

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The song that Alex "plays" on his hand the first time Leslie is in his car is the University of Iowa Hawkeyes fight song. Tom Arnold is originally from Iowa. See more »


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15 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

This movie is really tough and some people have or had problems with it's themes (check the synopsis if you have no problem with a bit of a spoiler), but I love it for being so bold and not shying away from taking any punches.

The performances are central to this movie and although they are mostly dark (you haven't seen Tom Arnold like this before) and you don't really fee like they are likable, you get that the circumstances made them the way they are. Either you take them as they are and the decisions they make or you won't like it at all. A feel good movie this ain't ...

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