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Sister Island (1996)

Cries of Silence (original title)
After a hurricane reeks havoc on Sister Island, Mississippi, rescue parties find a young girl on the shore. The girl is alive and soon opens her eyes, but she is non responsive. Dorrie ... See full summary »


Avery Crounse


Avery Crounse
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Credited cast:
Kathleen York ... Dorrie Walsh
Karen Black ... Rose Walsh
Ed Nelson ... Dr. August Claiborne
Ellen Crawford ... Esther Lynch
Mike Genovese ... J.D.Lynch
Guy Boyd ... Sheriff Frank Bosarge
DeVere Jehl ... Royce Earl Petrie
Roger Babb Roger Babb ... Pearl Lizana
Karlene Crockett Karlene Crockett ... Eunice Shelby
John Towey ... Dr. Richard Grable
Erin Buchanan Erin Buchanan ... Camille
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zack Breland Zack Breland ... 7 Year Old Royce Earl
Lukas Cain Lukas Cain ... Teen-age Royce Earl
Boyce Holleman Boyce Holleman ... Judge Ladner
Stephanie Johnson Stephanie Johnson ... Luanne Lynch


After a hurricane reeks havoc on Sister Island, Mississippi, rescue parties find a young girl on the shore. The girl is alive and soon opens her eyes, but she is non responsive. Dorrie takes her to her mother's home and goes back to the island to look for family. Although there were only 30 people on the island, none of the survivors claim to know her. Weeks go by and while Camille begins to show signs of conscience she remains mute. Dorrie redoubles her efforts to find her family. She soon finds that she will battle the state, people she trusted and those who lived on Sister Island. It will be a long twisting road filled with heartbreak for both Camille and Dorrie. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Hurricane Katrina History repeats: Amazing Drama
10 June 2007 | by brnmarshalSee all my reviews

I bought this movie on a lark. Having family on the Gulf coast who were recently devastated by Katrina, I was curious to see what was out there that could help me put my family's losses in perspective. So I Googled, and came up with this fascinating apparently undiscovered drama. Bought it on e-bay VHS. Cries of Silence is based around the real drama of Hurricane Camille, which like Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast (only in the late 1960s.) Unlike Katrina though, Camille is seemingly long forgotten, except to older gulf coast residents who periodically might mention hurricane parties gone bad, in much the same way a WWII veteran might sadly recall Pearl Harbor.This movie was classically structured- good versus evil, the good being the central characters, the bad being the storm itself, along with depressions both tropical and psychological (needles to mention the antagonist, an incestuous, unredeemed specter). With its unique narratives and fascinating characters, I found Cries a bit of a catharsis. Cries of Silence was very moving to say the least. The Director, Avery Crounse, has a gift for mixing fact and fiction seamlessly. The images one is left with are much like the dream you just woke up from, wanting to remember but sadly knowing you will forget. Most simply, Cries of Silence is a beautiful film.

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