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Unforgotten: Twenty-Five Years After Willowbrook (1996)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 14 February 1997 (USA)
It was a nightmare that shocked not only New York, but all of America. The public outcry about the Willowbrook State School for people with developmental disabilities resulted from Geraldo ... See full summary »

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Jack Fisher
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Danny Aiello ... Narrator
Geraldo Rivera ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Caceres Maria Caceres ... self / Luis' mother
Bernard Carabello Bernard Carabello ... Self
Sal Giordano Jr. Sal Giordano Jr. ... self / former Willowbrook patient
Sal Giordano Sr. Sal Giordano Sr. ... self / Sal Jr's father
Ida Giordano Ida Giordano ... self / Sal Jr's mother
Margaret Goodman Margaret Goodman ... self / former Willowbrook patient
Willy Mae Goodman Willy Mae Goodman ... self / Margaret's mother
Robert F. Kennedy ... Self (archive footage)
Stephen Meskell Jr. Stephen Meskell Jr. ... Self
Katie Meskell Katie Meskell ... self / Patty Ann's sister
Patty Ann Meskell Patty Ann Meskell ... self / former Willowbrook patient
Una Meskell Una Meskell ... Self
Una Meskell-Byrne Una Meskell-Byrne ... self / Patty Ann's sister
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It was a nightmare that shocked not only New York, but all of America. The public outcry about the Willowbrook State School for people with developmental disabilities resulted from Geraldo Rivera's expose on WABC after he had entered Willowbrook with a film crew in 1972, using a stolen key. Written by Anonymous

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Willowbrook still brings tears to Geraldo Rivera!
6 February 2021 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

The story of the Willowbrook mental institution on Staten Island in New York City shocked the viewers in the early seventies. The institution closed and the survivors and their family members recount their stories. Danny Aiello is the narrator here. While I would have enjoyed a more narrative account of Willowbook with the shocking footage, the documentary focused on two specific families of Patti Ann and Luis who were residents there. I still think the documentary is relative to understanding why we don't have these institutions. I wished there was a more backstory to Willowbrook. Geraldo Rivera had tears in his eyes recounting covering the place.


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