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Speak (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama | 20 January 2004 (USA)
After a blurred trauma over the summer, Melinda enters high school a selective mute. Struggling with school, friends, and family, she tells the dark tale of her experiences, and why she has chosen not to speak.

Director:

Jessica Sharzer

Writers:

Laurie Halse Anderson (novel), Jessica Sharzer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Stewart ... Melinda Sordino
Elizabeth Perkins ... Joyce Sordino
Dick Hagerman Dick Hagerman ... School Bus Driver
Allison Siko ... Heather
Remy Brommer Remy Brommer ... Yearbook Photographer (as A. Remy Brommer)
Robert John Burke ... Mr. Neck
Grace Ameter Grace Ameter ... Emily
Tyanna Rolley Tyanna Rolley ... Nicole
Leslie Lyles Leslie Lyles ... Hairwoman
Hallee Hirsh ... Rachel
Michael Angarano ... Dave Petrakis
Kimberly Kish Kimberly Kish ... Ms. Keen
Megan Pillar Megan Pillar ... Ivy
Steve Zahn ... Mr. Freeman
D.B. Sweeney ... Jack Sordino
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Storyline

In the book Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda Sordino is forced into the worst year of her life. Her best friend, Rachel Bruin, has turned against her with all other of Melinda's fellow students looking away; not daring to take a single glance at Melinda. All because of one stupid end-of-summer party. Written by Sam Gerdemann, www.centralproductionsyt.weebly.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Truth Will Change Everything.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving a teen rape | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beszélj! See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbus, Ohio, USA

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Speak Film Inc. See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the actual teachers at the school were extras in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Melinda tells Rachael about the rape, she is wearing two orange shirts, and the next day when Rachael confronts Andy, Melinda is seen wearing a different, long sleeved orange shirt. However, when Melinda talks to her father on the front porch she is back in the two orange shirts again. See more »

Quotes

Hairwoman: A revolutionary is only as good as his analysis. What does that mean?
[Melinda raises her hand]
Hairwoman: Melinda, better late than never. Why is a revolutionary only as good as his or her analysis?
Melinda Sordino: I think you should know what you stand for, not just what you're against. You should be able to show how things can be better.
Hairwoman: That's pretty darn good.
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Referenced in Awkward.: Pilot (2011) See more »

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Because of You
Written & Performed by Starving Goliath
Used with permission
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Heartbreaking Coming-to-age Story
15 September 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The teenager Melinda Sordino (Kristen Stewart) joins the high-school with a great feeling of rejection and becomes practically mute. Her school mates and friends call her "squealer", because she called the police during a summer party; she does not have communication with her mother, Joyce Sordino (Elizabeth Perkins), who is workaholic and is permanently busy; and she has problem with a very radical teacher. She finds a great support with her arts teacher Mr. Freeman (Steve Zahn) and her school friend David Petrakis (Michael Angarano), and recalls her traumatic experience in the summer school, when she was raped, learning how to deal with the situation and reborn mature.

"Speak" is a very simple and linear story, and even in the trailer the predictable trauma of Melinda is disclosed; therefore there are no surprises, plot point or mystery to have a twist in the story. What makes "Speak" a little gem and so special are the realistic story, the excellent direction and the stunning performances, mainly of Kristen Stewart in the role of the traumatized Melinda, learning how to deal with her rape and later rejection by the mates by herself. Steve Zahn is also great in a mature role (I believe this is the first time I see him in this type of character) of a supportive school teacher. The nominations and award of the sensitive director Jessica Sharzer are very fair, but I believe Kristen Stewart deserved also a nomination for her brilliant and awesome performance. I would like to recommend this movie for parents of teenagers. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Silêncio de Melinda" ("The Silence of Melinda")


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