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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 »

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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

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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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Box Office

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

Louise Standon: The way you hound at that child..."Don't say it like this, Katie, say it like that," and giving her all those tests. That's why she couldn't get along with the Mannings. You pushed her to a point where she didn't know what general was up anymore.
Sandra Tannen: Louise, that's not true. Katie loved the work that we did. I mean... there were days when... when I didn't want to work and she'd make me do it.
Louise Standon: Well, that's the way you trained her. She was never person to you. She was just... some little scientific ...
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I'm Seeing Things Differently
Written by Mark Hart
Performed by Bo Weevil and the Beau Weevils
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What can I say?
12 January 2003 | by stamperSee all my reviews

I missed this film, when it was displayed at University by ‘my' Psychology department, but as soon as I stumbled over it in our local Video Store, I rented it and quite honestly, I don't know what to tell you. I really believe, that I can't say this was a good film, because the story is just too sad and too real. What I can say though, is that this is an utmost interesting film, which displays what humans are capable of in a very professional way. I must say this, for I felt this was not so much a dramatized version of a true life event, but rather a documentary on a true life event. This is neither a tear jerker, nor a graphically violent film but maybe that it is also the reason it is twice as memorable as your average psychological drama. This film will leave you sitting shocked and numb in front of your TV.

8 out of 10 (for people who are really interested in the human psyche like psychology students)

7 out of 10 (for the average viewer)


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