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Mockingbird Don't Sing (2001)

Not Rated | | Biography , Drama | 4 May 2001 (USA)
On November 4, 1970 on The CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite reported on a true, horrific story that was about to rock the country. A 13-year-old girl was discovered in the small Los ... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Bromley Davenport (as Harry Bromley-Davenport)

Writer:

Daryl Haney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Errico ... Sandra Tannen
Joe Regalbuto ... Dr. Norm Glazer
Sean Young ... Dr. Judy Bingham
Michael Lerner ... Dr. Stan York
Kim Darby ... Louise Standon
Tarra Steele Tarra Steele ... Katie
Laurie O'Brien ... Beverly Glazer
Ed Brigadier ... Mr. Manning
Sharon Madden Sharon Madden ... Mrs. Manning
Jack Betts ... Wes Standon
Ben Messmer ... Rob
Lora Anne Criswell ... Colleen
Michael Azria Michael Azria ... Billy Standon
Josh Boyd Josh Boyd ... Johnathen Glazer
Bryn Larsen Bryn Larsen ... Rachel Glazer
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Storyline

On November 4, 1970 on The CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite reported on a true, horrific story that was about to rock the country. A 13-year-old girl was discovered in the small Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia who was still in diapers, barely able to walk and unable to speak. Kept in severe isolation by her parents with virtually no human contact for more than 10 years, she was confined to her bedroom, tied to her potty-chair and left to fend for herself. As Cronkite noted, it was one of the most horrendous cases of child abuse ever to surface. Much like an animal, the girl spat, sniffed and clawed. She had none of the traits or characteristics of conventional human behavior, nor could she comprehend such modern societal conveniences as silverware or bathroom etiquette. Her emotional development was practically non-existent, and she could not speak. With this heartbreaking story, the world was being introduced to a fragile, beautiful teenager who seemed and behaved like an infant, or ... Written by Steven Zeller

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

4 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pour l'amour de Katie See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Dorian Films,Genieworks See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Katie is based on a girl called "Genie" by a few scientists and the character of Sandra is based on the linguist Susan Curtiss. See more »

Goofs

When Sandra drives her Volkswagen Bug to visit Katie, who is now living with her mother Louise, the interior of her car is painted red. But after she parks and opens the door the paint is white. See more »

Quotes

Sandra Tannen: She's been cut off from acquiring language, so naturally she's developed her own way of communicating. But it's so fascinating. It's just so fascinating to see the effect she has on people.
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The Mockingbird Song
Traditional
Performed by Melissa Errico
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My view of the production of Katie's story.
20 August 2006 | by nova1942See all my reviews

I don't understand everyone's laudatory comments on this production. Yes it was well acted, yes it was a true tragedy and yes the little girl did a marvelous acting job. But I feel it is lacking more of an explanation of the Mother's actions. It is appalling to me to see her hug her Mother as if she had nothing to do with her life as it was! There is no excuse for the Mother to have let her husband abuse her daughter for that length of time. She was not mentally ill. And it was alluded to that there was a deal made between the girl's parents which emphasizes that the Mother was not mentally challenged! It seems there are too many spaces missing in the story portrayed in the movie.


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