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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Brenda Kniffen
... Scott Kniffen
... Denver Dunn
... Sam Bennis
... Marilyn Kniffen
... Michael Snedeker
... Andrew Gindes
... Dick Kniffen
... Kevin Conway
... Corene Oliver
... Brian Kniffen (Age 6)
... Brandon Kniffen (Age 9)
... Brian Kniffen (Age 9-12)
... Brandon Kniffen (Age 15-21)
... Brian Kniffen (Age 16-18)
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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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Brenda Kniffen: Every night I pray and every morning I wake up to an empty room.
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This movie is a "must see" for anyone who has a child or children and/or works with children and/or families, etc.
1 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

I agree that 10 is not a high enough number to rate this movie. This movie was well written, produced, and all the actors and actresses did a wonderful job. I am a fan of Virginia Madsen. The sad part is that what happened to this family happens all the time to other families and you do not hear or read about it. As I children's rights advocate, I have seen what happened to this family happen time and again. While you are watching this movie or even after you have seen it you will ask yourself, "How can this happen in the US?" Of course, I have other personal opinions that I cannot post here. This movie is a "must see" for anyone who has a child or children and/or works with children and/or families, etc. I would highly recommend this movie to be shown in college Psychology classes, law schools, especially when you are studying Family Law/Domestc Law, Criminal Law, and for medical doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, etc.


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