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America (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 28 February 2009
In "America," Dr. Maureen Brennan, a psychiatrist at a youth treatment center, encounters her newest patient, a bi-racial boy named America. Through their sessions, Dr. Brennan helps ... See full summary »

Director:

Yves Simoneau

Writers:

Joyce Eliason (teleplay), Rosie O'Donnell (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Johnson Philip Johnson ... America
Rosie O'Donnell ... Dr. Maureen Brennan
Ruby Dee ... Mrs. Harper
Tim Rhoze Tim Rhoze ... Reggie Harper
Jade Yorker ... Brooklyn
Raquel Castro ... Liza
Toya Turner ... Susana
Michael Algieri ... Young America
Dante Brown ... Young Brooklyn
Logan Huffman ... Marshall
Bubba Weiler ... Fish
Kojo Asiedu ... Don
David Aron Damane ... Bobby Crisp
Courtney Benjamin Courtney Benjamin ... Sheriff Romero
Doug Hamilton Doug Hamilton ... Judge
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In "America," Dr. Maureen Brennan, a psychiatrist at a youth treatment center, encounters her newest patient, a bi-racial boy named America. Through their sessions, Dr. Brennan helps America come to terms with his roller-coaster life, which began when he was taken by authorities from his crack-addicted mother, and placed into foster care as an infant. The short time of stability in his life occurred when America lived with Mrs. Harper, the elderly nanny to one of his foster families. Later reunited with his mother, she soon abandons America and he is again placed into foster care. Lagging behind in school and full of anger, America retreats further away from society after years of sexual abuse. After attempting suicide, America is placed in a treatment center where Dr. Brennan helps him open up about his painful past and discover the support and courage he needs to get his life back on track. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amerika gyermekei See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA

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Sony Pictures Studios See more »
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Runtime:

(DVD)

Color:

Color
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Connections

Referenced in Rosie O'Donnell's Vision: The Making of 'America' (2009) See more »

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In The Mirror
Performed by Mason Proper
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Powerful drama; Rosie's best work EVER.
12 February 2009 | by KinravipSee all my reviews

I just came from an advance screening (this film will air on Lifetime on 2/28/09) and recommend this film highly.

This film follows the story of America, a 17-year-old boy who was part of the foster-care system, but now is housed in a state-run residential facility.

Rosie O'Donnell plays the counselor who tries to break through America's walls enough for him to trust her with the secret burden he carries.

Rosie's performance was understated and brilliant and Ruby Dee is magnificent as Mrs. Harper, the grandmotherly source of the little bit of love that America has ever known.

The other residents of the facility also turn in wonderful performances-- archetypes but not stereotypes.

The young man cast as America had never acted before. After seeing dozens of young actors, Rosie found him in a diner TWO DAYS before principal photography was set to begin. What a find.

Though the horrors of America's past are telegraphed early via dissociative flashes of memory and images of Mount Everest (America's 'quiet place'), sickened gasps could still be heard in the audience as the events unfold, and most of the crowd had shed tears before the closing credits rolled.

If you have any association with the foster-care system, you MUST see this film. If you are unaware of the statistics, the epilogue of the film will educate you-- and break your heart.

I smell Emmys.


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