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Mockingbird Don't Sing
Mockingbird Don't Sing
Actors: Melissa Errico, Michael Lerner, Joe Regalbuto, Sean Young, Kim Darby
Director: Harry Bromley Davenport
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family
UR     2003     1hr 38min

From the age of one and a half to thirteen, Katie, was imprisoned by her parents. Locked in a room, tied and immobile, bound to a "potty-chair", Katie endured years of isolated silence punctuated by brutality. When Katie...  more »


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Actors: Melissa Errico, Michael Lerner, Joe Regalbuto, Sean Young, Kim Darby
Director: Harry Bromley Davenport
Creators: Jeff Baustert, Harry Bromley Davenport, Francis Schwartz, Jim Hanson, Kris Murphy, Daryl Haney
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: Drama, Kids & Family
Studio: Vanguard Cinema
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 05/27/2003
Original Release Date: 05/04/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 05/04/2001
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 38min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A tragically over-looked story...
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The thinly veiled story of 'Genie' the '70s L.A. Wild Child, Mockingbird Don't Sing discards the more poignant elements of the story for tacky made-for-TV sentiment (this is at its worst in the 'Lifetime network-esque' attempt to explain why the little girl was abused in the manner as she was found). It's unfortunate that 'Genie' has gone the way of the more intriquing characters in tabloid obscurity. The once hauntingly beautiful mute who inspired such stories as 'Nell' and 'Wildflower' now resides in a nursing home forgotten by the public and professionals who at one time hailed her as a miracle. If you're truly interested in her story, avoid this pricey DVD and go read one of the numerous books on the subject. Hopefully, Hollywood will eventually get some apt minds behind this story and produce a better film."
"Made-for-TV" quality acting.
Whodathotit | Sunnyvale, CA USA | 12/08/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"First, a couple technical details which are not included in Amazon's technical details info... the DVD is presented in full screen, although clearly the movie was filmed in widescreen. Surprisingly, although presented in full screen format, the audio is presented in true Dolby Digital 5.1. The audio quality is very good, although there is nothing particularly challenging in the soundtrack content to tax one's system.That out of the way, I must mention that the overall acting calibre in this film was only a touch above what one would see in a "made-for-TV" movie. The story itself is interesting, but the half-hearted acting never let the story get completely off the ground and into your soul. The twenty minute Dr. Susan Curtis interview will completely bore you to tears unless you are an aspiring linguist. If you insist on watching it, at least keep your eyes closed because the doctor is, how to put it kindly... well, more than a bit freaky and weird in appearance and mannerism. I can't comment on the director's commentary, as I did not want to watch the movie a second time with the commentary. Considering the full screen presentation and lackluster acting in conjunction with the high asking price of the DVD, I would have to recommend against purchasing this DVD."
A Wonderful movie to show to a Sociology class
S. Lennard | Quakertown, PA | 11/11/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I am a college student in a introduction to sociology course. We learned about Genie, who this movie is based on, and everyone in the class was extremely interested in it. If you are interested in sociology, human development, feral children, or linguistics, this movie is a must see. While it does come across as a "made for TV" movie, that aspect does not take away from its message."
It tells the truth
brankica | beograd | 04/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"this is a very important movie with great performances about a girl who was kept in isolation for the first 12 years of her life
by her insane parents. most of the movie is about what happens
to her after she is discovered by the child authorties. she is
sent from home to home as nobody knows quite how to deal with her
and the sientists also don't know know what to do with her. i was abused as a child too and this is the best movie i have ever seen about this problem. the girl is great and the woman who plays her main therapist is also great. i like most the parts with the therapist and her boyfriend and when they are taking the girl out of the hospital and the butcher who sees the magic in the girl. also I like the scene on the beach between the therapist and the spooky mother and the end where the mother finally tells why the girl was held prisoner for so many years. anyone who cares about children should see this movie!!"