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Speak (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama | 20 January 2004 (USA)
After a blurred trauma over the summer, Melinda enters high school a selective mute. Struggling with school, friends, and family, she tells the dark tale of her experiences, and why she has chosen not to speak.

Director:

Jessica Sharzer

Writers:

Laurie Halse Anderson (novel), Jessica Sharzer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Stewart ... Melinda Sordino
Elizabeth Perkins ... Joyce Sordino
Dick Hagerman Dick Hagerman ... School Bus Driver
Allison Siko ... Heather
Remy Brommer Remy Brommer ... Yearbook Photographer (as A. Remy Brommer)
Robert John Burke ... Mr. Neck
Grace Ameter Grace Ameter ... Emily
Tyanna Rolley Tyanna Rolley ... Nicole
Leslie Lyles Leslie Lyles ... Hairwoman
Hallee Hirsh ... Rachel
Michael Angarano ... Dave Petrakis
Kimberly Kish Kimberly Kish ... Ms. Keen
Megan Pillar Megan Pillar ... Ivy
Steve Zahn ... Mr. Freeman
D.B. Sweeney ... Jack Sordino
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Storyline

In the book Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda Sordino is forced into the worst year of her life. Her best friend, Rachel Bruin, has turned against her with all other of Melinda's fellow students looking away; not daring to take a single glance at Melinda. All because of one stupid end-of-summer party. Written by Sam Gerdemann, www.centralproductionsyt.weebly.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Truth Will Change Everything.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving a teen rape | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beszélj! See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbus, Ohio, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Speak Film Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Laurie Halse Anderson: the novel's author appears as the cafeteria worker spooning out mashed potatoes on the first day of school. See more »

Goofs

The movie came out in 2004, but the book it is based on came out in 1999. So the turn of the century for the book would be the 1900s. For her extra credit assignment, Melinda is told to write an essay on a cultural influence at the turn of the century. Yet the movie takes place at the turn of the 21st century, around 2003. It should have specified "turn of the last [20th] century." She decides to write about the suffragists of the 1910s. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Freeman: In here is a piece of paper and on that piece of paper is a word. You are gonna spend the rest of the year turning that object into art.
Ivy: Uh, Mr. Freeman? When I was little, I was really scared of clowns and I don't wanna relapse and have to go back into therapy.
Mr. Freeman: Oh, yeah, well, fear is a great place to begin art.
[Melinda picks a piece of paper that says "tree" and tries to put it back]
Mr. Freeman: Hey! Whoa. You just chose your destiny. You can't change that.
Melinda Sordino: I learned how to draw a tree in like the 2nd ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Awkward.: Pilot (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Heliopause
Written & Performed by Starving Goliath
Used with permission
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Not bad at all
12 December 2004 | by DaveMcDaveSee all my reviews

I just finished watching this film and decided that I should say something about it. Firstly, Wow! Kristen Stewart. There is an actress with a great future. An impressive performance. The support cast, which it must be remembered, play a fairly incidental role in this film, were adequate at allowing her to shine through. The Directing was solid. I didn't get lost, it wasn't all over the place.

Plotwise, I was quietly moved. I had seen this film on cable a couple of times before and just flicked passed it thinking it was just more "made for TV" crapola, but tonight I tuned in at the beginning and failed to channel surf away. I stuck with it till the end, and if anything, was sorry that it was over. It managed to suck me right into the story, I wanted to see where I was being taken.

It's not a bold film, even though it discusses a challenging topic. I was worried the Teen Angst Engine may kick in, and was glad to see it nowhere in sight. It was a film that left me thoughtful, and wanting to tell someone to give it a chance.... so... give it a chance, I thought it was worth it.


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