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BASED ON A TRUE STORY! From the age of one and a half years to thirteen, Katie (Tarra Steele), was imprisoned by her mentally deluded parents. She was locked in a room, tied and immobile since bound to a "potty-chair" where she endured years of isolated silence punctuated by brutality. When her case finally came to public attention she was moved to a hospital in Los Angeles, where it was discovered she had never been taught to speak. She was incapable of understanding any language. Katie was an anomaly, a modern day Wild Child. With this heartbreaking story, the world was introduced to a fragile, beautiful teenager who behaved like an infant. Medical and psychological doctors descended on the girl in droves, often with their own selfish motives. Instead of being helpful, the experts often hurt her even more. With stunning care to detail MOCKINGBIRD DON'T SING tells Katie's story of imprisonment, discovery and her difficult road to joining the human family as a beautiful young woman._

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Vanguard
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BXNBE2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,074 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Well acted, well directed.
Steven Salisbury
Despite the small budget and difficult nature of the subject matter, it was very tastefully realized.
amy mae-wong
The young actress who played the child, Katie, was superb in a very difficult role.
Charles Blaine Fielding

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 2003
Format: DVD
The thinly veiled story of 'Genie' the '70s L.A. Wild Child, Mockingbird Don't Sing discards the more poignant elements of the story for tacky made-for-TV sentiment (this is at its worst in the 'Lifetime network-esque' attempt to explain why the little girl was abused in the manner as she was found). It's unfortunate that 'Genie' has gone the way of the more intriquing characters in tabloid obscurity. The once hauntingly beautiful mute who inspired such stories as 'Nell' and 'Wildflower' now resides in a nursing home forgotten by the public and professionals who at one time hailed her as a miracle. If you're truly interested in her story, avoid this pricey DVD and go read one of the numerous books on the subject. Hopefully, Hollywood will eventually get some apt minds behind this story and produce a better film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Sherburne on July 12, 2008
Format: DVD
I have this movie on a homemade video tape and I don't know how long I have had it. I have watched my tape a few times over the past 10 years or so and frequently wonder why there was never a follow-up on how Katie (Genie) did after being separated from Ms. Curtis, the only person who seemed to be able to reach her. Katie's childhood was certainly not geared to raising a normal child, chained to a potty chair and fed by an abusive, mentally-ill father who barked at her and a mother going blind from cataracts who did nothing to stop the abuse. I couldn't help drawing similarities between her daughter's living conditions and those of a character on a Star Trek episode titled Miri played by Kim Darby. One poster called the mother "spooky" and I thought that fit her to a Tee. However much the movie's depiction of Katie's abuse and linguists' inability to teach her language, I still wish it had ended with a means viewers could use to find out in later years how Genie was able to survive in our world. I did search the 'net and came up with: Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2003 19:48:16 +0000. From: Sandino L <delfin@garza.uatx.mx>
Subject: Genie. Thanks to all those who replied to my query (Linguist 14.677) about Genie. I was offered interesting ideas, but most important, I received a mail from Susan Curtiss with up-to-date information about Genie: "I understand you have asked Prof. Brunetti whether Genie is still
alive. She is indeed still alive, lives in a good board-and-care home, and is, I hope, happy and thriving... And keep your fingers crossed. I'm trying to find a way to see her and have some hope that this could happen some time this year. I've been dreaming of this for years, so if this should happen it would indeed be a dream (more accurately "many dreams") come true.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Whodathotit on December 7, 2003
Format: DVD
First, a couple technical details which are not included in Amazon's technical details info... the DVD is presented in full screen, although clearly the movie was filmed in widescreen. Surprisingly, although presented in full screen format, the audio is presented in true Dolby Digital 5.1. The audio quality is very good, although there is nothing particularly challenging in the soundtrack content to tax one's system.
That out of the way, I must mention that the overall acting calibre in this film was only a touch above what one would see in a "made-for-TV" movie. The story itself is interesting, but the half-hearted acting never let the story get completely off the ground and into your soul. The twenty minute Dr. Susan Curtis interview will completely bore you to tears unless you are an aspiring linguist. If you insist on watching it, at least keep your eyes closed because the doctor is, how to put it kindly... well, more than a bit freaky and weird in appearance and mannerism. I can't comment on the director's commentary, as I did not want to watch the movie a second time with the commentary. Considering the full screen presentation and lackluster acting in conjunction with the high asking price of the DVD, I would have to recommend against purchasing this DVD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles Blaine Fielding on September 6, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is one of the most disturbing movies I have ever seen. It documents the abuse a young girl suffered at the hands of first her father and then of the welfare authorities {in this case California's} who are charged with protecting such children.

I think it is beside the point to get bogged down in whether this movie is successful as a artistic creation. And whether it is fully true. The movie's power comes from watching this helpless child being shuttled from one inadequate environment to another.

The young actress who played the child, Katie, was superb in a very difficult role.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By brankica on April 24, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
this is a very important movie with great performances about a girl who was kept in isolation for the first 12 years of her life
by her insane parents. most of the movie is about what happens
to her after she is discovered by the child authorties. she is
sent from home to home as nobody knows quite how to deal with her
and the sientists also don't know know what to do with her. i was abused as a child too and this is the best movie i have ever seen about this problem. the girl is great and the woman who plays her main therapist is also great. i like most the parts with the therapist and her boyfriend and when they are taking the girl out of the hospital and the butcher who sees the magic in the girl. also I like the scene on the beach between the therapist and the spooky mother and the end where the mother finally tells why the girl was held prisoner for so many years. anyone who cares about children should see this movie!!
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