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Just Ask My Children (2001)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 10 September 2001
A couple is accused of sodomy and pedophilia by two little girls. Soon they find their beloved sons taken away from them and themselves thrown in jail.

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Arvin Brown

Writer:

Deborah Serra
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Madsen ... Brenda Kniffen
Jeffrey Nordling ... Scott Kniffen
Graham Beckel ... Denver Dunn
Robert Joy ... Sam Bennis
Barbara Tarbuck ... Marilyn Kniffen
Casey Biggs ... Michael Snedeker
John Billingsley ... Andrew Gindes
Adrian Sparks ... Dick Kniffen
Scott Paulin ... Kevin Conway
Maree Cheatham ... Corene Oliver
Ryan Wilson ... Brian Kniffen (Age 6)
Cody Dorkin ... Brandon Kniffen (Age 9)
Dan Byrd ... Brian Kniffen (Age 9-12)
Scott Bailey ... Brandon Kniffen (Age 15-21)
Gregory Smith ... Brian Kniffen (Age 16-18)
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Storyline

A pedophilia witch-hunt is started in Bakersfield by two teenage girls' foppish child abuse claims. Blindly ambitious justice officials, especially in the prosecutor's office, conspire to arrest loving parents Scott and Brenda Kniffen, whose doted pre-teen sons Brian and Brandon are grilled endlessly until they repeat the vicious lies, the elder even ends up believing them while they pass from one foster home to the next, as even the grandparents are denied custody for not turning on their children. The defense's rights are systematically denied, so the parents go to jail for 12 years. The boys are near adulthood when the political tide finally turns. Written by KGF Vissers

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Genres:

Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Best Intentions See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Quotes

Brenda Kniffen: Every night I pray and every morning I wake up to an empty room.
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saw the movie today
17 July 2005 | by terrichefSee all my reviews

Just saw this movie on T.V. for the first time today. I can personally tell you that this 90 minutes barely scratches the surface of the stories of ALL of the families involved. Someone should do a followup story on the children involved and how they were mentally affected by what they were exposed to during those years. My family in California did not contact us to let us know this movie was out . . . . but we don't talk much about it anymore - too painful.

One key subject here is something most people don't realize. Your children ARE NOT required to have an attorney present when they are questioned by the police. Therefore, a child can be denied sleep and food. Questioning techniques that are used by the military were used on these children. Some of them were also told that if they would just admit to the charges that they could go home to their parents. I know - if I were not related to two of the children involved - I wouldn't believe this happened in the United States in this century.


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