R | | Biography, Crime, Drama
The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.
Ellen Page was the only choice to play Sylvia Likens.
You know what it's like to be sick, Sylvia. I've been sick for so long, too. I can't... discipline my kids they was I should. I punish them I know, but... sometimes with my medicine I gets so I don't know what I'm doing.
Gertrude Baniszewski: And I care for them so much....
In the film, Gertrude's youngest child is called Kenny, and his father is named Andy. In reality, the father's name was Dennis Wright, and his son was Dennis "Denny" Wright, Jr. It is possible both names were changed out of respect for the real Dennis Wright, Jr., who was an infant during the crime and who, at the time of filming, was still alive.
The final credit states "Sylvia Likens, 1949-1965".