Directed: Anthony Simmons
Nine-year-old Thelma (Cassie Barasch) is the sweet little girl next door who engages in blackmail, robbery, and murder in this amoral melodrama. Neighbor Robert (John Hurt) is a bank employee who leaves his wife for Delores (Karen Young) after he embezzles money from work. He tries to bribe Thelma with the gift of a camera, but she uses it to photograph evidence and pin the murder of a child on him. When little Elizabeth (Ellie Raab) is shot and killed by Thelma with a gun she steals from John, he is charged with her kidnapping and murder.
Movie ReviewsA somehow disturbing yellow flick, starring John Hurt as a small-time crook who has the worst of luck when, along with his girlfriend, finds a hideout in a port town where the Evil has incarnated in a cherubic yet Lolitaesque 9-year-old kid. ("Don't call me kid, my name is Thelma!", she would immediately say could she read these lines.) Children can be real bad, and the movie makes a case despite its sensationalist way, or maybe because of it. Hurt is great as always, expressing pathos as if he were doing Shakespeare or "I, Claudius" again. But this is little Cassie Barasch's picture; she's impressive in the title role: so tough and lacking of any fiber of goodness that you'll have to think twice when relating to children in the future. [~IMDb]