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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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Ratings: IMDB: 7.4/10 Metascore: N/A RT: 23%
Released: December 07, 2007
Runtime: 97 mins
Genres: Crime Drama
Countries: USA
Director: Tommy O'Haver
Actors: Amy Ferguson Ari Graynor Bradley Whitford Brian Geraghty Calvin Keet Carlie Westerman Catherine Keener Channing Nichols Chris Harris Edward James Gage Eliza Dean Ellen Page Evan Peters Gary Sievers Hannah Leigh Hayley McFarland Isabel Shaw James Franco James Meehan Jeremy Sumpter Kuma Michael O'Keefe Michael Welch Michelle Benes Nick Searcy Patricia Place Paul Palo Romy Rosemont Scott Eastwood Scout Taylor-Compton Tristan Jarred Will Carter

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Posted by Wolfy69 4 years, 9 months ago
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What the heck was in the water in this town?????? The whole town was crazy... soooooooo hard to imagine these atrocities being not only allowed and accepted but ENCOURAGED ... I am COMPLETELY appalled. No words can say it harshly enough.. and the fact about how the sentencing ended makes me even more infuriated. I always hear the older generation make statements like 'those were the sixties' OMFG!!! Rest in peace finally little one.

Posted by daiv101 7 years, 10 months ago
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What a powerful film! The brutality & lack of remorse was almost too much to watch. Unfortunately an american crime also come with an all too common american punishment, a mere 20 years for the torture and horrific death of an innocent child at the hands of a corrupt caregiver! I personally think she should have been forced to serve the life sentence given in full! I wish that little witch neighbor get charge because she knew what was going on and would not say anything either. This is so sad. I can't believe anyone let alone a young sweet innocent girl go through something that horrible with her sister watching, that just killed me. I couldn't imagine how that effected her psychologically. This movie made me angry but that disgusting women paid for it. I think she should have even more than what she got, she should have rotted and died in prison. Sylvia didn't do anything, it just simply makes me sick to my stomach that even the kids participated in this malicious behavior and torture. What has this world come to? I do agree with another comment I read that I wish they would have shown more of the brutatlity of it to get a better feeling of how she really felt. You didn't get to see Sylvia's feelings on it and I really would have liked to but anyways... Watch this movie it truly is a great one... a very disturbing film indeed. This is one of the best I have seen in a long time!

Posted by Quirky2016 1 year, 2 months ago
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WTF did I just watch. Horrifying!

Posted by Aliefcrew 7 years, 10 months ago
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This movie is one of the best movies, it portrays real emotion and feeling to the audiance. Not many people have heard of this movie, if you so happen to stumble to this page watch it...look how much conversation it has broughten up I give it a 6/6.

Posted by NottinghamWench 2 years, 4 months ago
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This movie was disturbing on so many levels, it's impossible to name them all. A little girl died because no one would say anything.

Posted by ConnieWhispers 2 years, 9 months ago
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Ellen page did an amazing job with this one but it's brutally disturbing. I wanted to reach out and just go through the screen and save the girl. And to think this was based on a true story is what brands it to be so utterly despicable. It's a very much worth a watch to see how evil some people can be.

Posted by DooMZie 4 years, 4 months 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 mizmoo12 4 years, 10 months ago
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what a truly sad film :'( can't even begin to imagine what that girl went through, truly devastating. If you watch this film without shedding a single tear than there is something wrong with you!! 10//10

Posted by kizi420 4 years, 11 months ago
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this movie makes you want to resurect the mother and take revenge for those poor kids i swear i get angrier and angrier as i watch. it is a sad state that the world is and has been in. this is a true story and its sickining.thank god most of them are dead. they should of never been allowed to change their names so everyone could know that their scum, and what they did to those two girls, not get new names and move on like it never happened

Posted by Ami9595 6 years ago
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Watch it!!! You wont regret it. 100/100!!!

Posted by bird1 8 years ago
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This movie was great. 9/10. Ellen page did her thing once again. I think they all should have gone to jail including her parents. These type of things gets me so mad. Must see

Posted by Cyramourox 1 year, 2 months ago
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Having done my homework very well, I'll advice you to watch The girl next door ( 2007 ) and An American Crime so you can understand fully the story. Each movie was based on the true story but they had both some Hollywood twists. Horrifying story :'(

Posted by klascloune 2 years, 2 months ago
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Cute little story with a lot of Hollywood tricks thrown in, but if you want to see the true indignities of the terror Sylvia experienced, watch "The Boy Next Door" American Crime has a few true facts thrown in, but it does NOT have the heart wrenching torture this girl went through! None of the assailants got what they deserved, in MY opinion, but I'm glad I watched The Boy Next Door before I watched this, because it actually made me want to google her and find out more about the true viciousness of what Gerrdie was responsible for!

Posted by Picklez_Smilez 4 years, 7 months ago
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Watching this movie again makes me cry every time. Very sad but very true. Gertrude is one evil woman, unstable, crazy, evil. And her kids are no different, but at least one of them knew what was right. But then again she's one of the reasons why it happened

Posted by Ruthven 4 years, 7 months ago
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very very good movie. Ellen Page is my favourite and she has done an excellent work. 9/10

Posted by 009219x5 4 years, 9 months ago
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Very well done. Quite sad and chilling. Poor kids. Googled it....what an EVIL woman this witch was! 8/10

Posted by truecritc 4 years, 9 months ago
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tragic to say the least. Good take, i liked the way it covered the event. i felt it had a bit more of a factual feel. If you are looking for a more dramatic take of events watch the girl next door which i liked better but glad i watched both

Posted by art35 4 years, 10 months ago
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as disturbing as it seems, this stuff really happens. What kind of evil person would do such a thing. Pure evil, without a soul. I cried during this, I don't know who wouldn't?

Posted by MissLou 4 years, 11 months ago
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Such a heartbreaking story! Leaves one feeling so angry, frustrated and helpless.

Posted by jker 5 years ago
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poster below: lovely avator and I agree with you. This movie made me angry and it gave me nightmares. Unfortunately, it is based on a true story and the cruelty and horror that this girl went through was very difficult to grasp. I couldn't get over this movie for a long time.

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