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An American Crime: Based on a true story that shocked the nation in 1965, the film recounts one of the most shocking crimes ever committed against a single victim. Sylvia and Jennie Fae Likens, the two daughters of traveling carnival workers are left for an extended stay at the Indianapolis (3850 E. New York St. is hardly suburban, nor was it in 1965, by any stretch of the imagination.) home of single mother Gertrude Baniszewski and her seven children. Times are tough, and Gertrude's financial needs cause her to make this arrangement before realizing how the burden will push her unstable nature to a breaking point. What transpires in the next three months is both riveting and horrific, leaving one child dead and the rest scarred for life.

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Released: December 07, 2007
Runtime: 97 mins
Genres: Drama Crime
Countries: USA
Director: Tommy O'Haver
Actors: Amy Ferguson Ari Graynor Bradley Whitford Brian Geraghty Carlie Westerman Catherine Keener Edward James Gage Ellen Page Evan Peters Gary Sievers Hayley McFarland James Franco Jeremy Sumpter Michael O'Keefe Michael Welch Nick Searcy Patricia Place Romy Rosemont Scott Eastwood Scout Taylor-Compton

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Posted by ConnieandAnn 1 month ago
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First off, r.i.p Sylvia Likens. This was a remarkable movie but exstremly sad to know it's based on a true story. I can't believe people can be this fuc*d up. Very disturbing.

Posted by Queencharming1989 4 months ago
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This movie is a wow moment. Makes me want to jump through the screen and protect her and whoop their ass. So many twisted people in the world. 5/5

Posted by KaylaMarie753 5 months ago
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Such a sad movie and it's based on a true story. Crazy how sick people can be.

Posted by halloween1 7 months ago ( Edited 7 months ago )
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A movie that stays with you and haunts you long after you have watched it. Like other posters have said the first time I watched this I cried also. a powerful and moving film that will linger for days after you've watched it. A very sad story I once read in a National Geographic/or some Science magazine that animals kill and inflict great pain on each other but humans are the only ones who actually enjoy it 5/5

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Posted by love_love_movies 7 months ago
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it is no shock too me how stupid and dumb people can be how can those idiot kids just do that and that women gerdie she had some mental issues diluted psycho and the parents they are to blame too how do you just leave your children with a complete stranger so stupid all those fucken kids deserved what they got and that bitch too.

Posted by Banchimae92 7 months ago
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WTH?! People are disgusting. All those people around and nobody turned it in or tried to help the poor girl but instead joined in with torturing her??!! This was one heck of a sad story. I haven't had a movie make me cry this hard in a long time. May Sylvia Likens Rest In Peace, that poor poor girl.

Posted by fireandice16 7 months ago
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i watched it a few years back and it has stayed with me ever since. the completely horrific way in which we can abuse a child, i don't think that anybody can bend down to her level. and in real life, the main woman who was accused was let of on parole after some time. she did not even serve her whole sentence. the whole cast makes that experience come alive for you. you can just sit back, cry and marvel at the crimes one person can do to another person left trustingly in her care. and wtf did her sister do to help her?

Posted by smilegirl1001 8 months ago
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the book goes into alil more detail and shows some pictures too! this is def alittle gross but it shows how people are in this world

Posted by Flixie 8 months ago
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this story disgusts me. all coz the girl was pretty? and the jealousy! gosh!! the parents still left jenny with other ppl after all this...

Posted by Jae808_ 8 months ago
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The first time I saw this movie, it suck with me for weeks after. Probably one of the most disturbing movies I'd seen that was based on a true story... and the true story was even worse! Good movie though... 8/10

Posted by samjwitty 8 months ago
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horrific aswell as compelling told story of real life sicknening event in crime history. well acted enough to make you feel mad,furious and upset!

Posted by suepacurlew 10 months ago
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good film, tragic

Posted by kaydees 10 months ago
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Such a heart wrenching story. Brilliant movie, such great actors. Knowing this had actually happened to someone, hurts.

Posted by mrspepperpot 11 months ago
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Horrific :( That poor girl. I can't understand how some people can be so cruel.

Posted by manditoe 11 months ago
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Good Movie But Aweful True Story...How can people do such Aweful things...Sad movie...Good acting.....Thxx.....4/5

Posted by DooMZie 1 year ago
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The most horrifying stories are the ones that are true. This movie I thought was very good and intense. Ellen Page is a great actress and so is the rest of the cast in this movie. 7.5/10

Posted by Rose78 1 year, 1 month ago
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Extremely well made film based on terrible true events. The actors are remarkably good. Excellent. The sets, locations, story line are extremely good. As one fuline wrote 4 months ago " ... it completely broke my heart". 5/5 and beyond.

Posted by maryep 1 year, 2 months ago
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Excellent portrayal of the true and horrific events surrounding the death of Sylvia Likens. Excellently cast and directed.... 9/10

Posted by Rickji 1 year, 2 months ago
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A very,very disturbing and dark movie...

Posted by bbygrl83 1 year, 2 months ago ( Edited 1 year, 2 months ago )
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Very disturbing movie. Gertrude Baniszewki aka Nadine Van Fossan was a horrible woman. Ellen Page always does such an amazing job. Catherine Keener did a pretty good job for the role she played in the film. It's sad that noone did anything when Sylvia's screams were heard. The old man saying "It's best not to get involved" really ticked me off. R.I.P. Sylvia Likens

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