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Mockingbird Don't Sing (2001)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 4 May 2001 (USA)
Based on the actual events of one of the most horrific cases of child abuse ever to be documented, this haunting drama tells the tale of a young girl that was locked in a room for over 12 years.

Director:

Harry Bromley Davenport (as Harry Bromley-Davenport)

Writer:

Daryl Haney
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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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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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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Dorian Films, Genieworks See more »
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2.35 : 1
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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

Dr. Judy Bingham: You are depriving this child of the best home she's ever had or ever will have, and I'm going to make sure you all pay if it's the last thing I do!
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Soundtracks

Nocturne in F Minor
Composed by Frédéric Chopin (as Chopin)
Performed by Harry Bromley Davenport (as Harry Bromley-Davenport)
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The Forbidden Experiment
13 November 2008 | by pearberry52See all my reviews

The Forbidden Experiment is the main point of the story, describing how does a person being isolated learn the basic needs without being taught. The Critical Period Hypothesis has been proved as a theory. They say your brain as a kid, is like a sponge. As you develop and hit puberty this is when your brain cannot absorb much from when you were a younger child. It is easier to learn a language when you are a child, you memorize the words, not focusing on what they mean much. With sign language it is a totally different meaning. Some people are better learning with their hands than speaking, some say it is easier to learn. Because Katie had been isolated from the world, it would have been better if she just focused on using her hands to communicate with people. It seemed that she could learn sign language faster than she could ever learn to speak words. With sign language she seemed much easier to understand than speaking, this would keep her and anybody with her not as frustrated. Was Katie mentally challenged from her being isolated and having limited to no socialization, or from birth? The doctors had said she was mentally challenged from when she was an infant, but having no contact with people could have caused retardation.

www.everythingispointless.com/2006/12/forbidden-experiment.html


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