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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Melinda Sordino
... Joyce Sordino
Dick Hagerman ... School Bus Driver
... Heather
Remy Brommer ... Yearbook Photographer (as A. Remy Brommer)
... Mr. Neck
Grace Ameter ... Emily
Tyanna Rolley ... Nicole
Leslie Lyles ... Hairwoman
... Rachel
... Dave Petrakis
Kimberly Kish ... Ms. Keen
Megan Pillar ... Ivy
... Mr. Freeman
... Jack Sordino
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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

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The Truth Will Change Everything.

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

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20 January 2004 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Allison Siko, who plays Heather in this movie, also starred in "Law and Order: SVU" (in seasons 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, & 12), as Kathleen Stabler, daughter of Detective Elliott Stabler, who played a detective who investigates rapes and sexual assaults. See more »

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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 »

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David Petrakis: The suffragettes fought for their right to speak. They were attacked, arrested and thrown in jail for daring to do what they wanted to do. Like them, Melinda is willing to stand up for what she believes. That no one should be forced to give speeches.
Mr. Neck: What is this?
David Petrakis: Melinda has to deliver her report to the class as part of the assignment. She made copies everyone can read.
Mr. Neck: Oh, no you don't. When I say oral, I mean oral.
[to Dave]
Mr. Neck: Now you sit down!
[to Melinda]
Mr. Neck: And you read that report.
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Referenced in Awkward.: Pilot (2011) See more »

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Requiem, Op. 48
Written by Gabriel Fauré
Performed by Lisa Beckley, Nicholas Gedge, Colm Carey and the Schola Cantorum of Oxford conducted by Jeremy Summerty
Courtesy of Naxos by arrangement with Source/Q
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A rating of 7.9? You gotta be kidding me!
17 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

I don't want to sound polemic, but I have a strong suspicion that a lot of "Twilight"-fans went wild rating this movie. Don't get me wrong. It's a solid drama about a girl that got raped and is isolated and alienated from her friends and family... but it's really not that touching. There's nothing to take away from this other than a slight feeling of pity for the main character. "Speak" doesn't rise above your average TV drama. Yes, actually this feels like an extended episode of "Joan Of Arcadia".

So, no, I didn't hate this movie, but I expected more. A LOT more. A rating of 7.9 for "Speak" is the definition of overrated.


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