An American Crime Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 2538

Average Rating: 2.9/4

# of Ratings: 26

Theatrical Release Date: 01/19/2007

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 08/19/2008

Language: English

Genre: Drama

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Tommy O'Haver

Actors: Elliot Page, Catherine Keener, Hayley McFarland, Ari Graynor, James Franco, Bradley Whitford

Plot: Based on actual court transcripts, Gertrude Baniszewski, a single mother with seven children, agrees to take care of Sylvia and Jennie Fae Likens while their parents work with a traveling carnival. Over the coming weeks and months, the unbalanced nature of Gertrude leads to one of the most horrendous crimes ever committed against a person, and all involved will be affected for life. -- Chris Kavan

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Snoogans - wrote on 09/21/2011

Ellen Page's honest innocence makes this movie so heartbreaking to think that it actually happened.

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True Crime, Meaningful Film

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/11/2008

Whereas Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door takes the same material and makes it brutal, even sickening, An American Crime sticks more towards the fact and is more subtle, though no less horrifying in the end.

It's tough watching Ellen Page, looking more fragile than ever, succumbing to harsher and harsher punishment, ultimately leading to outright torture, mostly at the hands of fellow neighborhood children. Catherine Keener can take her place amongst stone-cold villains as an unbalanced single mom - what starts out as being protective of her children descends into madness. It is all the much harder to watch knowing it is based on a real person.

The biggest fault I find with An American Crime is the switching from the court hearing and flashing back to the events. I realize the …

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