Gardens of the Night - Special Director's Edition NR CC

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At 8 years old, Leslie's life is changed forever when a stranger lures her into a car. For 7 years, she and another child, Donnie, live in horror with no one to turn to but each other. Eventually abandoned by their captors, they struggle with a hand to mouth existence on the streets of San Diego. Starring Gillian Jacobs (Community) and John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich, Burn After Reading).

Starring:
Gillian Jacobs, John Malkovich
Runtime:
1 hour 49 minutes

Gardens of the Night - Special Director's Edition

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Damian Harris
Starring Gillian Jacobs, John Malkovich
Supporting actors Ryan Simpkins, Tom Arnold, Kevin Zegers, Jermaine Scooter Smith, Harold Perrineau, Jeremy Sisto, Raynold Gideon, Cornelia Guest, Natalie May, Ben Lin, Alice Lo, Evan Ross, Landall Goolsby, Shontae Saldana, Max Van Ville, Kyle Gallner, Troy Ruptash, Shiloh Fernandez
Studio Fisher Klingenstein Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

I was only able to watch the first ten minutes or so of this revolting film.
DanaeZM
Disturbing topic that leaves you very uncomfortable - its about child abduction, child pornograpy, and child prostitution.
anne
It was a good movie just very slow, but so true how a stranger can make a child go with them.
Mary C. Calderon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Steve Kuehl VINE VOICE on March 21, 2009
Format: DVD
As a parent, I understand the importance of the content regarding children being kidnapped domestically and ending up lost in the sex/slave rings, but man this was a difficult watch. Even harder than Holly (also trailered on this DVD).

The story follows a young, upper-middle class girl (played incredibly by Ryan Simpkins, who coincidentally blew me away with her brief adult-style performance in Balls Out) as she is lured by a pedophile into an irreversible life of long term abuse and abandonment. The film flashes between her youth and later adult existence on the streets. No part of this topic is easy to watch, but everyone plays their roles adequately. Tom Arnold is absolutely scary as the pedophile, he was completely believable to the extreme.

The video and sound quality were fine, and the supplements cover the array of related topics. The deleted scenes were thankfully cut out (even more graphic), but it did show the obvious confusion towards the end of the film in the writing and editing. Malkovich and Sisto already had abbreviated parts, but as I was watching the end Michelle Rodriguez' part seemed strangely miscut, but then left in the deleted scenes, as were the alternate parent actors' roles. The credit listings supplement to help people learn about this topic were too "edgy" and distracting, it could have been made more straightforward and a great deal clearer.

An important awareness content film, hardly rewatchable, a few faults here and there, but the two performances of the main girl are worthy of acknowledgment.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hamel on June 16, 2009
Format: DVD
I gave this movie 5 stars because of the phenomenal acting. You will cry when you watch it. It's the type of film that is very difficult to watch, but you can't stop watching it. The questions I have are: What happened to Alex and Frank and how did Leslie and Donnie get away from them? Does Leslie ever find Donnie? And it would have been nice to see Leslie and Donnie's lives as adults. Despite the lack of details, it was a great independent movie. I'm not sure it's worth buying, because you will most likely only watch it once.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric Sanberg on September 2, 2010
Format: DVD
I suppose this is a good movie. Writer/Director Damien Harris does a fine job of hitting all the points the right way. I guess my problem is the story itself. It certainly isn't fun to watch. I know there are people out there doing the things that are done in this movie, but I don't need to see it.

A young girl gets kidnapped by a man (well played by Tom Arnold) and his buddy who first use her in internet child porn and then for prostitution. This is scary and painful to watch. What makes it tougher to view is the Tom Arnold character. He isn't a nasty, mean, drooling individual. He does seem to care for her at some level, and you get the hint his upbringing wasn't very joyous so he's not so easy to write off. He has also kidnapped a young African American boy for the same purposes and these two kids realize they are all they have and form a bond.

You skip ahead some 10 years or so and the two (Leslie and Frank) are still together. But now the Tom Arnold character and his buddy are gone and the kids are on the streets. They smoke, drink, do drugs and turn tricks. The people they hang with are the same. It's an ugly realization.

Through her trying to get into a shelter, the administrator, played by John Malkovich, finds out who she is and is able to send her home and reunite her with her family. I won't spoil it for you but let's say that Hollywood is no where to be found here.

Again. This is good. The writing, acting, camerawork, sound and music are as good as they need to be to get this done and done well. I don't know if it could have been done any better, but darn. I need hope in my life and you won't find it here.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By rwfo265 on November 15, 2012
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Exploiting lurid material for dramatic purposes may not seem to serve a purpose to some - But anyone wearing rose colored glasses should be required to see this movie. The fact that we live in a broken world is obvious - But we can do something to fix it.
One cannot watch this movie without emotion. What we do with these emotions - that is what makes a movie like this one necessary.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Female 61 on April 26, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie was done very well. It opens your eyes to the adverse effect that young kids go through who are abducted from their family and friends. Children are not as tune to deception of people that they are easily persuaded by strangers to follow them. All parents should take the time and talk to their kids. Everyone is a stranger and be careful if it is someone you don't know that is trying to be nice to you.

All of the actors in this movie did an excellent job.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kacie Check on May 26, 2013
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Very powerful movie!! Gillian Jacobs is an amazing actress in this! Such a sad story but one that should be out there because these types of things happen everyday. People would just rather not think that it actually can happen, but it does and we should make all of our children aware of stranger danger!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cara M on January 18, 2014
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This is a review of the Amazon summary, not the movie. Very little about the description is accurate. The main characters are NOT in foster care. They are abducted. They are NOT brother and sister, though they grow up together. They are also not teenagers in the bulk of the movie. This is pretty much the worst plot description I've ever read. The movie was ok, though. That's what the stars reflect.
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