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Mockingbird Don't Sing (2001)





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Based on the actual events of one of the most horrific cases of child abuse ever to be documented, this haunting drama tells the tale of a young girl so severely affected by her traumatic experiences that she was unable to integrate into society after being rescued from her tormenting parents. When thirteen-year-old Katie Standon (Tarra Steele) was discovered in the early days of November 1970, the nation was shocked to learn that she had been isolated by her parents for fourteen years; spending her days in a closet wearing diapers and unable to utter a word. Assigned to social worker Sandra (Melissa Errico), Katie attempts to reintegrate herself into society, though her progress is tragically hindered by abusive Dr. Judy Bingham (Sean Young).

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Joe Regalbuto
as Dr. Glazer
Sean Young
as Dr. Bingham
Kim Darby
as Louise
Ed Brigadier
as Mr. Manning
Sharon Madden
as Mrs. Manning
Michael Azria
as Billy Standon
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Critic Reviews for Mockingbird Don't Sing

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Where's the media attention and the constant attempts to take advantage of the poor girl? Even the lackluster Nell got that right.

March 29, 2003

Audience Reviews for Mockingbird Don't Sing


Where this movie succeeds, it does it mostly by accident. The source material itself is an incredibly compelling story, and Tarra Steele is rather amazing as Katie. However, everything around her seems to play out like an absurd melodrama, and a preachy one at that. The adult actors mostly seem to be sleepwalking through their roles, which is extremely disappointing, because some quality acting could have made a huge difference in this. It's very difficult to portray atrocities like this seriously on the screen without verging over into melodrama, and, unfortunately, this doesn't quite make the cut. The ultra-religious foster home may very well have been like that in real life, but on the screen it translates into a darkly comedic stereotype, and it was only through suspending disbelief to a ridiculous level that I could make it through those scenes without laughing. This movie COULD have been excellent. Unfortunately, the acting and writing was not up to the challenge of adapting the material they had.

Hannah Megill
Hannah Megill

Anyone in the Psycology, Welfare and Human Service feilds this is a must see. I have followed the story of this Feral child for many years and I belive that this movie was well done.

Prissy Phillips
Prissy Phillips

Absolutely heartbreaking and knowing that it's based on real events... UGH! I can't stand it. The ending nearly killed me as I was looking towards a different way of it. My biggest cause that I support is and will always be abuse to a child and this has to be one of the worst lives of a child I have heard about. My heart aches for Katie even though she is now grown and doing who knows how well. Though not a real graphic movie it will have you cringing just thinking about it.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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