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The Bondage (2006)

Bondage (original title)
A 16 year old suburban kid escapes an abusive home only to find himself entangled in the California Juvenile Justice system and a psychiatric ward.

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Eric Allen Bell

Writer:

Eric Allen Bell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Angarano ... Charlie
Illeana Douglas ... Elaine Edwards
Griffin Dunne ... Dr. Simon
Eric Lange ... Bob Edwards
Evan Ellingson ... Mark Edwards
Mae Whitman ... Angelica
Andy Dick ... Stewart
Rocky Marquette ... Richard
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Willie (as Michael K. Williams)
Ezra Buzzington ... Fred
Robert Zepeda Robert Zepeda ... Reyes
Jose Pablo Cantillo ... Spider
Kevin Derkash ... Vincent
Shant Marashlian ... Hamid
Paul Peglar ... Dennis
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Storyline

A 16 year old suburban kid escapes an abusive home only to find himself entangled in the California Juvenile Justice system and a psychiatric ward.

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

R
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Charlie: So, what are you in here for?
Vincent: Kind of a tacky question, isn't it? I stabbed a woman 87 times.
Charlie: What did you do that for?
Vincent: I don't know.
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Great storytelling
14 March 2006 | by phoenix-82See all my reviews

I really liked this movie; it excels in telling the story of one young man's humanity, contrasted with the inhumanity of the correctional system. You become immersed in the life of Charlie, and you start to make the voyage through the film with him. As you begin trying to understand everything going on in his life, you contrast it to a system that does not see people as individuals. A system the judges people's character based upon flawed and superficial measurements.

Superb acting was essential to telling the story, and the cast did a fantastic job. There are many shots in the film that rely heavily on the facial expression of Charlie, and Michael Angarano delivered.

I think the cinematography really fit the film as well. The use of lighting, colors and shots always seemed appropriate, and really was consistent with the overall vision.

In short, storytelling is often times a lost art, but Bondage did a great job at telling us a story. It gives the audience the chance to walk in someone else's shoes for a few hours, and learn from their experience. I really enjoyed that experience.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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