3 user 1 critic

Kids Don't Tell (1985)

When a documentary-maker begins to make a film about child sexual abuse, the subject begins to eat into him and affect his relationship with those around him, particularly his wife.


Sam O'Steen


Learn more

More Like This 

Secret Witness (TV Movie 1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Two children play amateur detectives in their neighborhood.

Director: Eric Laneuville
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Kellie Martin, Betty A. Bridges
Six Pack (TV Movie 1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Failed series pilot based on the film of the same name.

Director: Rod Amateau
Stars: Don Johnson, Markie Post, Jennifer Runyon
Russkies (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A group of American boys and a shipwrecked Russian sailor become friends in the midst of the Cold War.

Director: Rick Rosenthal
Stars: Whip Hubley, Joaquin Phoenix, Peter Billingsley
Mr. Smith (TV Series 1983)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An orangutan accidentally raised to genius human-level intelligence secretly works in Washington, DC as a political adviser.

Stars: Leonard Frey, Tim Dunigan, Terri Garber
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A drama series, based on the classic musical film of the same name.

Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Roger Wilson, Peter Horton
Clay Pigeons (1998)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After hearing that his wife sleeps with Clay, Earl kills himself, making it look like Clay shot him. She doesn't like it when Clay sees another woman instead. Bodies start piling up.

Director: David Dobkin
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Vince Vaughn, Janeane Garofalo
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two friends must choose whether to help a third friend who was arrested in Malaysia for drug possession.

Director: Joseph Ruben
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Joaquin Phoenix
The Killing Secret (TV Movie 1997)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A pregnant teen is murdered and a popular high-school senior is suspected. But will his girlfriend stick by him to prove his innocence despite the fact she has bonded with the victim's mother?

Director: Noel Nosseck
Stars: Ari Meyers, Soleil Moon Frye, Mark Kassen
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two working class brothers court three wealthy and beautiful sisters in a small Illinois town.

Director: Pat O'Connor
Stars: Liv Tyler, Jennifer Connelly, Joaquin Phoenix
Anything for Love (TV Movie 1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Failed sitcom pilot about two beauticians in Ohio.

Director: Jim Drake
Stars: Lauren Tewes, Vicki Lawrence, Christa Denton
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Bonnie Palef
Stars: Veronica Cartwright, Nora Dunn, Victor Garber
In My Daughter's Name (TV Movie 1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Laura Elias's daughter is raped and murdered by Peter Lipton. With the support of Peter's affluential parents he pleads "guilty due to insanity". The jury acquits him because of insanity. ... See full summary »

Director: Jud Taylor
Stars: Donna Mills, John Getz, John Rubinstein


Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Ontkean ... John Ryan
JoBeth Williams ... Claudia Ryan
Leo Rossi ... Detective Rastelli
John Sanderford ... Eli Davis
Ari Meyers ... Nicky Ryan
Jordan Charney ... Tatum
Robin Gammell ... Dr. Houghton
Shelley Morrison ... Carol
Jean Bruce Scott ... Clare
Matthew Faison Matthew Faison ... Evan Harris
David S. Aaron David S. Aaron ... Waiter
Roger Askin Roger Askin ... Man at Wedding
Judith Barsi ... Jennifer Ryan
Gary Bayer Gary Bayer ... Speaker at Meeting
Earl Billings ... Terry


When a documentary-maker begins to make a film about child sexual abuse, the subject begins to eat into him and affect his relationship with those around him, particularly his wife.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis









Release Date:

5 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A gyerekek hallgatnak See more »

Filming Locations:

Marina del Rey, California, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Jump (For My Love)
Written by Stephen Mitchell (uncredited), Marti Sharron (uncredited) and Gary Skardina (uncredited)
Performed by The Pointer Sisters
Produced by Richard Perry
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Terrific but now go watch 'Indictment' and' Just ask my children'
20 June 2016 | by JoxerlivesSee all my reviews

Watched this film many years ago and it was terrific. Rewatched it recently and was disappointed because it was the PG version and missed out many of the most intense and important scenes, the interview with the arrested paedophile, the rows between the husband and wife because the memories his research is bringing back have put her off sex, the plight of the child street hooker, the shocked mother relating how she discovered incest in her family, the paedophile support group meetings in which we see the human side of the offenders and not just the victims. In fact if you watch the PG version so much is missing it is quite baffling. Great performance from Michael Oatkean (and how HANDSOME he was!)and nice to see Jean Bruce Scott who was one of my favourites from Airwolf.

BUT.... Then we have that scene where we see the social worker interviewing the kid using puppets and anatomically correct dolls and the warning flags go up. Nowadays such techniques are totally discredited having been shown to induce false testimony from children, especially with zealous investigators like the detective portrayed here. Watch 'Just ask my children' and 'Indictment; The McMartin Trial' to see what happened AFTER this film was released, the hysteria coupled with flawed investigative techniques leading to families ripped apart and innocent people spending years in prison.

So yes, watch this terrific film but then watch 'Indictment' and 'Just Ask My Children'.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed