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An American Crime ()

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featuring Catherine Keener, Ellen Page, James Franco, Bradley Whitford, Ari Graynor

The true story of a young girl held captive by her insane caretaker comes to life in this disturbing film from Ella Enchanted director Tommy O'Haver. Hard Candy's Ellen Page stars as Sylvia Likens a teenager who, along with her sister, is left to live temporarily with seemigly-mild-mannered housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, played by Catherine Keener. Unfortunately for Sylvia, Gertrude soon snaps and holds her hostage in harsh conditions until the former's eventual death. Bradley Whitford costars as the prosecutor tasked with trying the case against Baniszewski. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Excel

The Truth Hurts

by Excel on Apr 2, 2009

Ever see the movie, "An American Crime" ? It's unfortunately a true story, which just happened to take place in Indianapolis. Ellen Page, from last years "Juno", stars in "American Crime" as the older sis, Sylvia Likens, a teenager who, along with her younger sister, is left to live temporarily with the seemigly mild-mannered housewife, Gertrude Baniszewski, played by Catherine Keener. It is a disturbingly well done portrayal of the actual events in good 'ol, 'Indi-a-no-place'. Where were the 'Indi-ana-police' then ? Somewhat similar to another excellent gem from E. Page, "Hard Candy"; which is very uncomfortable for the first 20% but wins you over in the end. A tour-de-force, both.

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