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Down Came a Blackbird (1995)

Helen McNulty is a journalist struggling to regain control of her life a year after she was abducted and tortured in Central America. She goes to a clinic for survivors of torture, where ... See full summary »

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Jonathan Sanger

Writer:

Kevin Droney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raul Julia ... Tomas Ramirez
Laura Dern ... Helen McNulty
Vanessa Redgrave ... Anna Lenke
Cliff Gorman ... Nick the Greek
Sarita Choudhury ... Myrna
Jay O. Sanders ... Jan Talbeck
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Rob Rubenstein
L. Scott Caldwell ... Cerises
Falconer Abraham Falconer Abraham ... Kouadio
Von Flores Von Flores ... Minh
Miguel Fernández Miguel Fernández ... Captain Alonso Delacrux
Carlo Rota ... Sergeant Manuel Ortega
James Kidnie ... Secret Police Agent
Tedd Dillon ... Man at Train Station
Ángel Jara Ángel Jara ... Torturer #1
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Storyline

Helen McNulty is a journalist struggling to regain control of her life a year after she was abducted and tortured in Central America. She goes to a clinic for survivors of torture, where she reflects on her experiences and learns about others who have suffered similar experiences. She is drawn to Professor Ramirez, another patient at the clinic, who is still being pursued by his attackers. She thinks he can relate to her suffering, and she begins to learn why. Written by Sean Lahman <sean@baseball1.com>

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One would save them, one would expose them, and one would betray them. See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for depictions of torture, and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1995 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A TV movie for the Showtime network. See more »

Goofs

The train that Raul Julia is on is VIA Rail, a Canadian only rail company but the police officers in the station have American flag patches on their uniforms. See more »

Quotes

Helen McNulty: [screaming] I miss him!
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Features September Affair (1950) See more »

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just watched this on cable...
12 December 2008 | by tristanrobinSee all my reviews

This is one tough, searing, emotional roller coaster. Excellent film which should have received much more attention. I didn't even know it existed, and just happened to run across it while searching movies being shown today.

Raul Julia (as usual) gives an honest and truthful performance.

Of course, Vanessa Redgrave is enchanting and engrossing ... certainly not a surprise. But she does a lot to keep a very very dark story from being sunk into a black hole of pathos.

This is not an easy film to sit through - but a must for those who are interested in a character's journey.


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