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Forgotten Sins (1996)

A county sheriff is accused by his two daughters of having abused them. Under interrogation, and guided by his pastor, he thinks the devil has blinded him to his guilt and confesses. The ... See full summary »

Director:

Dick Lowry

Writers:

Lawrence Wright (articles), T.S. Cook
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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Devane ... Dr. Richard Ofshe
John Shea ... Sheriff Matthew Bradshaw
Bess Armstrong ... Roberta 'Bobbie' Bradshaw
Dean Norris ... Detective Carl Messenger
Brian Markinson ... Lowell Hart
Lisa Dean Ryan ... Rebecca Bradshaw
Timothy Patrick Quill Timothy Patrick Quill ... Stan Cooper (as Tim Quill)
Gary Grubbs ... Reverend Ralph Newton
John M. Jackson ... Wayne Everett
Ray McKinnon ... Steve Sweetler
Brandon Smith ... Sheriff
T.C. Warner T.C. Warner ... Laura Bradshaw
Matthew Faison Matthew Faison ... Attorney Leggert
Karla Tamburrelli Karla Tamburrelli ... Mrs. Gibbons
Julie Ariola ... Jerry
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A county sheriff is accused by his two daughters of having abused them. Under interrogation, and guided by his pastor, he thinks the devil has blinded him to his guilt and confesses. The girls' accusations get more and more elaborate, involving satanic rituals, their mother, other police officers and neighbors. A memory expert is called into to clarify the growing confusion and can easily see the girls are lying. Written by anonyomous

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False memory syndrome....
30 August 2006 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

This is an interesting film which was made after the McMartin scandal, the many headlines of Satanic rituals, and the Fooster child abuse/daycare scandal in South Florida.

John Shea's performance is annoying (I will address that later) William Devane is excellent as the voice of reason, the psychologist who has an alternative view, that the memories Shea is retrieving may have been promoted by his pastor.

The fact that children may be induced to retrieve false memories is controversial, but if one researches the statistics, more common than the general public would like to believe. Also, religion is certainly a factor, as many people may confide in their pastor or priest. False memory syndrome has also been manifested in several MPD (multiple, or dissociative identity disorder cases). While certainly the diagnosis is valid in some cases, it is rare, and many people have used it to their advantage (see Kenneth Bianchi "Hillside Stranglers").

If you are interested in this subject you may also want to watch the "McMartin Trial" with James S. Woods, as well as the movie "Capturing the Friedmans"; a provocative documentary of what actually occurred on Long Island, NY circa 1988, when a computer science teacher was indicted for sexual abuse of his students. Both stories have many diverse viewpoints, and are quite disturbing. 9/10


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Language:

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Release Date:

7 March 1996 (USA) See more »

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