New Line Cinema
Directed by: Harry Bromley Davenport
Writing credits: Daryl Haney
Cast overview: Joe Regalbuto, Sean Young, Kim Darby, Melissa Errico, Michael Lerner, Tarra Steele, etc.
On November 4, 1970 on the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite reported on a true, horrific story that was about to rock the country. A 13-year-old girl was discovered in the small Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia who was still in diapers, barely able to walk and unable to speak. Kept in severe isolation by her parents with virtually no human contact for more than 10 years, she was confined to her bedroom, tied to her potty-chair and left to fend for herself. As Cronkite noted, it was one of the most horrendous cases of child abuse ever to surface. With this heartbreaking story, the world was introduced to a fragile, beautiful teenager who seemed and behaved like an infant, or Wild Child. Melissa plays a Linguistics specialist who became the child’s teacher, best friend and inspiration.