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R| 1 hr. 38 min.

Plot Summary
Gertrude Baniszewski (Catherine Keener), a divorced mother of several children, agrees to take care of two girls, Sylvia (Ellen Page) and Jennie (Hayley McFarland), while their parents travel with a carnival. Though her eldest daughter is the real troublemaker, Gertrude vents all her bitterness and frustration on innocent Sylvia. Gertrude imprisons the girl in the basement and tortures her, eventually encouraging her children to follow suit.

Cast: Catherine Keener , Ellen Page , James Franco , Bradley Whitford , Ari Graynor , Nick Searcy , Michael O'Keefe , Romy Rosemont

Director: Tommy O'Haver

Genres: Crime drama

Distributor: First Look

An American Crime (2007)

Release Date: January 19th, 2007|1 hr. 38 min.

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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • October 31, 2009 Abry07
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    As chilling as reading "In Cold Blood." This movie is so powerful and painful because it's based on true events. Catherine Keener and Ellen Page do a great job of truly capturing the essence of this story. I hope this movie can be used as an example of what we as humans should do to prevent things like this from happening in the future. We have voices that we should use when others are being abused. It's so heart-wrenching to know the pain that Sylvia Likens endured. Great movie! ******* could have been released in theatres instead of strait to DVD.

  • July 10, 2008 Belyvillarreal
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    Ellen page in this movie was amazing. This story was very chilling and bringing it to the big screen just brings forth some terrible tragedies that occured during this time period to some of our youth. This was an excellent movie based on a horrible, horrible tragedy. Even today, makes you really look at who you leave your kids with.

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