Picks and Pans Review: Cries from the Heart
A divorced mother (Melissa Gilbert) reluctantly agrees to place her autistic son in a specialized facility. There his therapist and teacher (Patty Duke) begins to make breakthroughs with the boy (Bradley Pierce) that result in a disturbing revelation and a controversial trial.
The spooky aspect of this mawkish, melodramatic, fact-based movie is watching Gilbert and Duke onscreen together. Their demonstrative acting technique is so similar, it's like seeing the same actress across a generation gap.