Based on a true story that shocked the nation in 1965, the film recounts one of the most shocking crimes ever committed against a single victim. Sylvia and Jennie Fae Likens, the two daughters of traveling carnival workers are left for an extended stay at the Indianapolis home of single mother Gertrude Baniszewski and her six children. Times are tough, and Gertrude's financial needs cause her to make this arrangement before realizing how the burden will push her unstable nature to a breaking point. What transpires in the next three months is both riveting and horrific.Written by
The real life daughter, Paula Baniszewski, was released from prison and changed her name. She ended up getting a job as a guidance counselor aide in an Iowa school and worked there for 14 years before anyone found out about her real past. She was immediately fired. See more »
When Ricky calls the police from a phone booth, he presses three buttons on the telephone, indicating that he has called 911. 911 was not established as an emergency number until 1967, but the scene takes place in 1965. See more »
Reverend Bill used to say, "For every situation God always has a plan." I guess I'm still trying to figure out what that plan was.
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The final credit states "Sylvia Likens, 1949-1965". See more »
This film cannot be described as a "good" film, because it's content is so shocking, but the acting is amazing and the way the story is told is subtle, A lot of what happened to her is left out, the director says it was his intention not to glorify what happened to her, I can understand why he held back in some of the details, if you do watch the film you will most likely be compelled to read more on the story, (type crime library into google its a good place with lots of valid information) I know this film gets criticised for not telling the whole story, but i feel it gives the victim some dignity, and as said before you can research more yourself if you choose to.
Its important that Sylvia and her story are not forgotten and this film pay tribute to her well in my opinion, but this film is not for the faint hearted. Ellen Page's performance is stunning as per usual.I would recommend this film to anyone who likes true stories, challenging films, and anyone who has read a child called it. And yes it is really a true story.
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