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Cries from the Heart (1994)

Michael, a young autistic boy who has trouble with verbalization but a real talent for technology, uses a computer to plead for help after being molested at his school.

Director:

Michael Switzer

Writer:

Robert Inman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patty Duke ... Terry
Melissa Gilbert ... Karen
Bradley Pierce ... Michael
Markus Flanagan ... Roger
Lisa Banes ... Ms. Tolbert
Roger Aaron Brown ... Eliot
Peter Spears ... Jeff
Joe Chrest ... Brandon Richards
Troy Evans
Shelley Morrison
Raye Birk
Christopher Conrad Christopher Conrad ... Cody
Terrie Snell ... Jury Foreman
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Storyline

Michael is an autistic 7 year old child. He cannot speak or write. His mother, Karen, sends him to a special school to help him learn. Michael is taught to use a computer in order to express his feelings. Upon this, Michael reveals his fear of one of the ordelies at his school. He reveals he was sexualy abused by his guardian there, Jeff. Then ensues a courtroom battle, is Michaels evidence reliable? Written by Anonymous

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They taught him to communicate . . . but what he revealed would devastate them (Video Australia) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1994 (USA) See more »

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Who Speaks for Michael? See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Realistic Behavior
20 March 2002 | by darkriver11See all my reviews

My daughter is autistic. I found this movie to be a very real depiction of that type of behavior. Almost painful to watch. Our school and physician felt she would be best served in an institution. I kept her at home and lost my family in the process, but found my daughter as a result. She is now a functional person. 18 years old. Good movie for any one curious as to what one would have to deal with. "Rain Man" is one thing,sort of a stereo type. But, this is well done from the parent/child view point. And, they ARE all individuals with varying degrees of a whole myriad of behaviors.


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