Director: Jessica Sharzer Cast: Kristen Stewart, Eric Lively, Elizabeth Perkins


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Award-winning short filmmaker Jessica Sharzer makes her feature debut with the teen drama Speak, based on the young-adult novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. Kristen Stewart stars as high school freshman Melinda, who has lost her ability to speak. Ever since a traumatic event that occurred at a party over the summer, she has chosen to remain silent. She's abandoned by her friends, while her mother Joyce (Elizabeth Perkins) is too wrapped up in her own problems to notice. By recalling the details of the past situation, it becomes clear that a date rape occurred. Yet no one has offered her support in order to deal with the psychological consequences. Eventually her art teacher Mr. Freeman (Steve Zahn) reaches out, helping her develop ways to express herself. Also starring Hallee Hirsh and Eric Lively. Speak premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 as part of the American Spectrum competition.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2005
UPC: 0758445115925
Original Release: 2003
Rating: PG-13
Source: Showtime Ent.
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 6,253

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with director Jessica Sharzer and author Laurie Halse Anderson; Behind the scenes; Penguin books "Study Guide"; Cast filmographies

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kristen Stewart Melinda Sordino
Eric Lively Actor
Elizabeth Perkins Joyce
D.B. Sweeney Actor
Steve Zahn Mr. Freeman
Hallee Hirsh Actor
Robert John Burke Actor
Michael Angarano Actor
Leslie Lyles Actor
Allison Siko Actor

Technical Credits
Jessica Sharzer Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Laura Ballinger-Gardner Production Designer
Kerry Barden Casting
Mark Bennett Casting
Rebecca Bentjen Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred Berner Producer
Peter C. Frank Editor
Annie Young Frisbie Co-producer,Screenwriter
Billy Hopkins Casting
Christopher Libertino Score Composer
Matthew Myers Producer
Jerry Offsay Executive Producer
Andrij Parekh Cinematographer
Suzanne Smith Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Speak
1. Open [9:29]
2. Welcome to Art [11:44]
3. Just Too Pretty [15:02]
4. It's Scary [20:48]
5. Oral Report [13:20]
6. Social Climbers [13:35]
7. Can I Show You Something? [6:21]
8. End Credits [2:06]

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Speak 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those rare movies that's not overrated but not underrated but in the middle with little known actors and not the famous, famous ones. That's one of the many reasons why i love speak. It proves that a movie doesn't always have to have the really big actors and special effects all the time and get all hyped up "i.e. Cloverfield and Juno "no offense to the fans of either movie". Here we have Melinda in high school dealing with an event she can't forget that involves a party and decides not to speak. Slowly she does start to talk with some help from her art teacher played Mr. Freeman very well by Steve Zahn "its good to show that you can play other characters besides the one that you normally play" and the student Dave Petrakis played by the cute Michael Angarano. From most reviews on the Speak i always hear about Kristen Stewart's performance "who of course does a great job and it must of been a hard role to play" than the other actors in the movie. Eric lively played convincingly well as the creep Andy Evans as well as Halle Hirsch as the distant ex best friend Rochelle and the other girls in the group were great too. The parents were good too played by Elizabeth Perkins and DB Sweeney. Allison Siko was good as Heather "reminds me of the Twilight character Jessica Stanley LOL". Most of the actors were unknowns and to me that was good where you don’t really know most of them except the main ones I suppose. Another reason that speak is a really good movie is that the environment, setting including the characters themselves seem almost real including its portrayal of high school life and its teachers "Mr. Neck and Hairwoman". That was good that he finally called her by her first name than Sordino, good character development there. The director Jessica Sharzer did a terrific job with her film debut and like how the film turned out even if some stuff is a little different than the book. Another good thing is also that it doesn’t use other music but uses its own music when needed. Favorite scenes has to be where she has to give the oral presentation, the janitor room with the tree drawings where Mr. Freeman’s face was just sweet and of course facing her fears which is Andy Evans. By the end you wonder what happens to the characters especially Melinda after the movie's over. This is one of those movies where you watch it and can watch again after some time cause if you watch more than once like everyday then it might get boring, its good to watch it once in a while and look back on it and its best to have no sequel but to leave it to our imagination. Check out the movie and after watching it and after reading the book on what you think of it with an open mind of course. It was because of this way before Twilight that Kristen Stewart has become one of my favorite actresses and that this little known film is one of my all time favorite movies ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that this is one of the best movies i have ever seen because it gives you the life of a high school teenager, Melinda Sordino, who has struggled through obstacles and humiliations like many teens do in school. Several scenes in the movie really impacted me and this movie helped me open my eyes as to look around my high school every now and then and see those who suffer and stay quiet such as Melinda did. I believe Kristen did an outstanding job as Melinda and her acting really impacted me and helped make her character that much better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book i liked and had a story of not only bout Melinda but also of speaking up as well. This is the story of Melinda and of an event she wants to forgot but eventually must face it and her attacker. I liked how the movie dealt with different emotions and especially Kristen Stewart who was just awesome like with using her facial expressions than words and not everyone can pull that act off. I got to rewatch it and its like even more especially listening to the commentary by the director of the film and the author of the book. This is one of those movies that doesn't try too hard and is just a really movie based off an equally good book. You could either read the book then see the movie or vise versa.
Guest More than 1 year ago
truely amazing!i saw the movie on tv and thought it was great.ever scince i first saw it i havent been able to stop thinking about it.
HalesiteBee More than 1 year ago
I just watched this amazing movie, and was blown away by Kristen Stewart's amazing acting!!!! Wow. I so enjoyed it from our library that I am requesting it for my birthday! This movie proves that Kristen Stewart has acting ability beyond most actors. Hopefully this talented woman will balance her life with some charity works to help her gain some more skill sets.
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Nicole-S More than 1 year ago
This movie is amazing. It has a real depth and honesty to it that most movies these days dont have. Its a realistic and relatable movie, whether you have gone through something traumatic or know someone who has. It can make those who have been victimized in any way know that there is hope and you can find a way to become okay again. And this is great movie for others, it can educate them to understand what people really go through when something bad happens. The book was beautifully written and the book is almost exactly like the movie and does it justice. I recommend everyone to watch this movie, and I think it could be a great movie for parents to watch with their teens and it could be the gateway to some powerful and important conversations with them. I love this movie so much, Im going to order it for all of my younger friends because I think its such an important and powerful film.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was very closely related to the book. I loved the book and when I heard there was a movie I wanted to see it. It was a great movie that sent a very powerful message.
Sammii More than 1 year ago
At first, I was skeptical when I saw that this movie was playing on Lifetime. I was like omg I totally read this book so I might as well DVR it. When I watched it, I was surprised. Kristen looked so grown up and I was incredibly surprised by the maturity of her role. She was talking about being raped for gods sake. It was purely amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's rare that you find movies as great as the book. But this movie is outstanding. It brought tears to my eyes. The movie really affected my mood, how I felt, and how I looked at things.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I red the book and got excited for the movie to see how it would be and if it will be good as the book or better than the book or whatever. I first watched this on Lifetime and after watching I say its equally the same as the book and of course good. Good performances and has its moments but none the less alright for me on my count.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are many nice things about this film. It was well told and crafted, and the casting was strong. But none stronger than the incredibly talented Kristen Stewart. A film like this walks a fine line between "victim" film and "survivor" film, and without Stewart's incredibly intelligent and moving performance this could have been a Lifetime movie you thought you saw before. But she takes it to another level with mesmerizing skill. Both vulnerable and powerful in the same scene, she exudes an earthy charisma that is hard to look away from. And oh, by the way, she's all of thirteen when this film was made. Watching this film is a great experience, not only for its message and compelling supporting performances, but also because you know you'll see Kristen Stewart again and you'll run to the theater to do it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film moved me. Stewart has very few lines, but her message is very loud. I work with young impressionable girls every day. They're so concerned with fitting in and no one tells them what to do when things go too far, when they're scared. I truly enjoyed this film, although I had to get out the tissues before it was over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is absolutely amazing. Kristen Stewart is a wonderful actress and she plays this part beautifully! A very moving, and touching, film. I really enjoyed the book as well, and the movie follows the book very closely and has very few differences. Definitely recomended for everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was breath-taking! Absolutely amazing! A little slow and confusing at times-but ultimately, well, awesome. Kristen Stewart definitely portrayed Melinda's pained and depressed manner well it was a perfect casting. This has to be her best role yet. And then, pretty much, the rest of the cast was perfect. This movie was really eye-opening, and it really makes you think. Speak teaches you that, sometimes, not speaking up is worse than doing something wrong in the first place, and that telling someone is the first step to recovery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie follows the novel pretty close, without much straying. However, the book (in my humble opinion) is a much more powerful tool in relaying Melinda's traumatic experiences. I have taught this novel for 2 yrs in high school & found the majority of students love it. Some of them also recently viewed the movie & shared the same opinion - good, but the book is much better. Still worth viewing, however.
Domi More than 1 year ago
Powerful. Griping. Emotional. Moving. These are all words that describe this movie. Truly a must see! You will be hooked from the very first scene, to the ending credits. The script stays true to the book, and is flawlessly executed. The casting was great, and the actors looked the way described in the book. Kirsten Stewart is powerful in her portrayal of Melinda Sordino. Do not be surprised if you find yourself screaming SPEAK at the screen throughout the movie. I highly recommend reading the book Speak.
Guest More than 1 year ago
that was the last sentance in the movie. I read the book and i hered there was a movie so went to the store and bught it I had no idea that kristen stwart was going to play melinda she did a great job by the whay i also love steve zhan who played Mr. Freeman he was so sweet the movie was a lot like the book but the did and in some parts but over all i loved it the end made my cry the part where mr. Freeman is looking at her art work. this move was REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY GOOD U HAVE TO SEE IT.
Dark_AngelAB More than 1 year ago
I just watched this movie for the first time today, and I can't stop thinking about it. It is amazing. This is the first movie in a long time that has made me THINK. Kristen Stewart is and always will be my favorite actress. She's amazing in this film. Watch it, you will not regret it.
witch-girl4 More than 1 year ago
awesome and unforgettable
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