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"NUTS", 1987. Barbra Streisand, Richard Dreyfuss, Jean Stapleton, Karl Malden, Eli Wallach, James Whitmore and Leslie Nielson (What a cast!) One of the best movies you never heard of, and a travesty that Streisand never even got an Oscar nomination.  She portrays one woman's life in the aftermath of sexual abuse as a child (Stapleton and Malden are the parents) and how it led to her life as a prostitute accused of murdering a trick. Is she "Nuts" or playing a role? Why. An excellent courtroom drama, and to me the best thing Babs has ever done.

"SLEEPERS", 1996.  Kevin Bacon, Robert DiNiro, Minnie Driver, others.  Four teens from a "bad neighborhood" are sent to detention due to a prank gone bad. They are subjected to all manner of humiliation and physical and sexual abuse by the guards. Years later, they reconnect, and plot revenge.

"PRIMAL FEAR", 1996. Richard Gere, Ed Norton, Laura Linney,  John Mahoney, Alfrie Woodard, Frances McDormand (again, WOW on the cast). An altar boy (Norton) murders an archbishop, is defended by a hotshot attorney (Gere);  the back-story is, of course, the core of the trial - and the movie .  There's a fascinating twist at the end involving multiple personalities (the ONLY portrayal to my knowledge of a male multiple in the visual media).

"MYSTIC RIVER", 2003. Sean Penn, Tim Robbins,  Kevin Bacon, Laura Linney, Laurence Fishburne; Marcia Gay Harden.  Three friends since childhood are bonded by a deep secret.  They are reunited when one of their daughters goes missing and is found murdered.  The 'secret' proves to be the turning point, based on misunderstandings and misinterpretations of the sexual abuse issue. Taut drama, with Penn and Robbins winning the 2 male role Oscars, Harden nominated for supporting actress, and Eastwood nominated for Director.

"MYSTERIOUS SKIN", 2004.  In indie film with unknown actors.  Two teen age boys, one a homosexual hustler, one who thinks he was abducted by aliens, discover  they have a common past. (If you're reading this, you know what it is!) A riveting film, Netflix calls it mind-bending. ALERT:  There are some very graphic scenes that may be triggering for some viewers.

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