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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.

Director:

Randa Haines

Writer:

William Hanley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Danson ... Steven Bennett
Glenn Close ... Gail Bennett
Olivia Cole ... Ruth Walters
Roxana Zal ... Amelia Bennett
Lane Smith ... Officer Dealy
Jane Kaczmarek ... Mrs. Hall
Melissa Francis Melissa Francis ... Beth Bennett (as Missy Francis)
Kevin Conway ... Dr. Kevin Farley
Matthew Faison Matthew Faison ... Judge
James Carrington James Carrington ... Officer Barnes
Mark Withers ... Jensen
Michael Bond Michael Bond ... Heller
Ed Call Ed Call ... Sergeant (as Edward Call)
Robert Hitt Robert Hitt ... Mr. Johnson
Keri Montgomery Keri Montgomery ... Janie
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Something About Amelia See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 Prairie (1974) that no one would accept him portraying a sexually abusive father. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ruth Walters: Amelia, You haven't committed any crime, try to remember that.
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Very Good Acting - Should be available on VHS video!
5 January 1999 | by Mike-503See all my reviews

The film is very well handled for such a sensitive subject. I saw it for the first time just last night, and was surprised to see Danson in the role. This film could serve to help stem the problems faced by our younger generation. I would recommend it as a should see.


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