Unforgotten: Twenty-Five Years After Willowbrook

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Release Date: October 25, 1996Running Time: 57 mins.
MPAA Rating: None
Genre: Documentary

Geraldo Rivera
Danny Aiello
Jack Fisher
Danny Fisher

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It was a nightmare that shocked not only New York, but all of America. The public outcry about the Willowbrook School (on Staten Island) for people with developmental disabilities resulted from Geraldo Rivera's award-winning series on WABC-TV in 1972. Viewers were stunned by coverage of residents with mental retardation and developmental disabilities sprawled naked on feces covered floors, being forced to eat their meals in two to three minutes, living and breathing filth. Willowbrook's idea of a shower was to gather 60 residents in a tiled room and hose them down. The public's outrage was so intense, that by 1975, a Federal Court ordered that institutional care be phased out and replaced wi... Full Summary >>