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Something About Amelia (1984)

Counseling helps family deal with the discovery that their child was sexually abused by the closest relative.

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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
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Steven Bennett
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Officer Dealy
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Mrs. Hall
Melissa Francis ...
Beth Bennett (as Missy Francis)
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Dr. Kevin Farley
Matthew Faison ...
Judge
James Carrington ...
Officer Barnes
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Jensen
Michael Bond ...
Heller
Ed Call ...
Sergeant (as Edward Call)
Robert Hitt ...
Mr. Johnson
Keri Montgomery ...
Janie
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Shame and fear have kept Amelia Bennett silent about the sexual molestation she's been suffering at the hands of her father, Steven. But as Amelia starts to believe that Steven might harm her younger sibling in similar ways, she unburdens herself of her awful secret. Confronted with this horrifying piece of news, Steven's wife, Gail, can't believe it's true, and he professes his innocence. But as new details emerge, the family is shaken to its core. Written by Jwelch5742

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9 January 1984 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Michael Landon was the first choice to play Steven Bennett. He declined, feeling that he was so strongly identified with the role of the morally upright father Charles Ingalls on "Little House on the Prarie" that no one accept him portraying a sexually abusive father. See more »

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Near the start of the film, Steven is talking to Amelia about her date for the dance. At one point, he says, "I can't believe I didn't know anything about you going to a dance with another boy." He immediately repeats the words "with a boy" again. See more »

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Ruth Walters: Amelia, You haven't committed any crime, try to remember that.
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Brave attempt at a controversial subject, but an impenetrable glaze of phoniness remains
22 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

13-year-old girl from an upper-middle class home, growing out of her 'daddy's girl' stage and tentatively starting to date, is struggling with a dark secret and finally lays on a bombshell on her mother: she's been the target of molestation by her own father. TV-movie produced with a high level of filmmaking competency (if not craft). The family at the center of this story, as written, isn't very believable, even with Emmy-nominated Glenn Close and Ted Danson cast as the parents; their stilted-bickering interactions both before and after Amelia's revelation aren't convincing. This is the kind of movie where the wife counts the number of weeks her husband hasn't made love to her, leading to her feeling like a scorned woman after digesting her daughter's story. The Emmy-winning teleplay by William Hanley fails, really, to give us a strong, sound foundation in which to build the central drama, while the young heroine (Emmy-winner Roxana Zal) internalizes her pain, becoming a somewhat somnambulant victim.


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