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Locked in Silence (1999)

A story of a young boy who becomes an elective mute after witnessing what he believes to be the killing by his older brother of a teenage boy. The young boy's brother then tells him not to ... See full summary »

Director:

Bruce Pittman

Writers:

David A. Simons (story), Dalene Young (teleplay)
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2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bonnie Bedelia ... Lydia
Bruce Davison ... Jim
Dan Hedaya ... Dr. Rosenstock
Marc Donato ... Stephen
Bill Switzer ... John
Steven McCarthy ... Jamie
Helen Hughes ... Grandma
Ron White ... Sheriff Haynes
Rebecca Johnson ... Beth Ann
Cody Jones Cody Jones ... Bully #1
Kyle Fairlie Kyle Fairlie ... Bully #2
Kenner Ames Kenner Ames ... School Bus Driver
Ron Gabriel Ron Gabriel ... Dr. Kerry
Dorothy Gordon ... Miss Catalain
Don Allison Don Allison ... Mr. Samuels
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A story of a young boy who becomes an elective mute after witnessing what he believes to be the killing by his older brother of a teenage boy. The young boy's brother then tells him not to say anything because of the trouble it would cause in the family... so he doesn't say anything again. The problem is that the young boy so enjoys his acceptance by others of his mutism that it brings his family, a loving and caring farm family, to the brink of financial ruin in medical and psychological costs to cure him. Based on a true story, this is the intelligent telling of a family in crisis, and the work of doctors in dealing with this mental illness. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Sometimes saying nothing can change everything.

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A csend börtönében See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Jim: [after hearing the story of Josh' murder] So you were protecting your brother?
John: I had to keep Stephen from talking. I didn't know what to do to keep us safe.
Jim: That should've been my job.
Jim: [hugs John] I'm sorry, son.
John: I was afraid you wouldn't believe me, dad.
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29 May 1999 | by KateBradSee all my reviews

It is a shame this is based on a true story. I bet the real story would be so much more interesting. I felt no symapthy for anyone in this movie, except a little bit of concern for the boy. There was very little sensitivity throughout the entire movie. I was shocked at the approaches everyone took toward an obviously traumatized boy. It ocurred to no one that finding a young boy murdered might damage the kid? And that they tried to reteach him how to talk, as if he never knew how, instead of finding the root of his distress! Thrusting him into environments where he was subject to taunting and torture, without a voice to fight back, apalled me. And that everyone seemed to blame the troubled child without concern for his obvious distress. I bet the story could have been told better. I hope the real story hasn't been tarnished because of an inadequate portrayal of it in a TV movie.


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