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This was a great movie. It is a true story that will keep you watching every step of the way. Ellen Page does an amazing performance as the poor tormented girl in the movie! It makes you wonder how people could be so mean, especially towards a child, it`s really sad because things like this in the movie do happen every day. Child abuse is a huge issue these days and it is just so unfortunate that there were no child abuse laws back in the 1960`s when this crime took place. This movie is worth watching. It wake`s you up to what really goes on in some foster homes even today. It`s one of those movie`s that stick in your head for a few weeks after you watch it. Give it a try, you won`t be disapointed.
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 six 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. "An American Crime" is not for everyone. "An American Crime" is a good movie, it builds towers of tension, emotion and aggression.
A rather disturbing film due to the nature of the topic but very realistic view of how child abuse was handled back in the 60s. Ellen Page was outstanding as the victim as was the entire cast of characters who brought everything together.Not sure if a victim of abuse would want to see this film but I think it is something a lot of folks should see because this still happens all over the country and the world. Recommend highly but not for the squeamish.
I live in Indianapolis, IN where the story took place. The story of Sylvia Likens is very tragic and unfortunately it is true. This story has touched many lives in Indianapolis and the move, An American Crime, gives great insight and knowledge about the Indiana torture crime. The movie is not necessarily 100% factual as some parts are imagined but it accurately depicts the struggle and tortue that Sylvia underwent. I highly encourage all to view this movie.
Disturbingly scary portrait of childhood abuse in the '60s based on a true story. Ellen Paige did an excellent job in this flick. Young kids should NOT watch this because of graphic abuse. Excellent historical accuracy of what it was really like behind closed doors in some households.