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Secret Cutting (2000)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 30 May 2000
Dawn Cottrell (Peterson) seems like a typical sixteen-year-old girl, but she has a very dangerous secret. Unable to express her true feelings, whenever Dawn is upset she grabs a knife and cuts herself.


Norma Bailey


Steven Levenkron (novel), Dennis Nemec (television story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Young ... Joyce Cottrell
Kimberlee Peterson ... Dawn Cottrell
Robert Wisden ... Russell Cottrell
Taylor Stanley ... Lorraine Rafeedie
Rhea Perlman ... Dr. Parella
Cody Serpa Cody Serpa ... Alex Cottrell
Kett Turton ... Craig Crosetto
Crystal Bublé Crystal Bublé ... Rebecca
Jennifer Pudavick ... Kirsten
Malina Adams Malina Adams ... Jude
Rosemary Dunsmore ... Principal Luce
Caley Gibson Caley Gibson ... Corey
Seun Olagunju Seun Olagunju ... Joe
John Bluethner John Bluethner ... Dr. Chapman
Sharon Bajer Sharon Bajer ... Dr. Mann


Dawn Cottrell (Peterson) seems like a typical sixteen-year-old girl, but she has a very dangerous secret. Unable to express her true feelings, whenever Dawn is upset she grabs a knife and cuts herself.

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Release Date:

30 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Delicate Cutting See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Dawn Cottrell: It's my body and I'll cut where I want.
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Accurate Enough
23 November 2004 | by Lady_ScarerowSee all my reviews

I first watched this film on the Lifetime channel because my favorite actor, Kett Turton, was in it. I was hesitant to watch it at first, being a self injurer myself, I was worried it might be triggering for me. The first time I watched it, I had though it was done with an outstanding accuracy and had applauded it openly.

I saw it again recently and realized, judging from my own personal experiences, that it isn't as accurate as I had once thought, but not too far off. A prime example of it's inaccuracy would be how excited Dawn seemed to get while cutting. It might be that way for some, but for me it seemed odd and a very unrealistic reaction unless she happened to be masochistic. But it's inaccuracy there is outnumbered by the accuracy I did find. The franticness in which she cut was precise and realistic. I also found the way she was so ashamed of her cuts and always hiding them is extremely characteristic of a self-injurer. It shows that contrary to popular belief, us self-injurers aren't all "attention whores", parading our scars and cuts, flaunting our pain.

I believe that the first time I watched it when I was 13, I think I got what I wanted to from the film, and now being 16, I realize it's still the same: self-injury is slowly but surely making itself more main-stream and something needs to be done about it.

I am an avid cutter myself, but luckily go through bouts of time where I won't even look at a sharp object. Self injury is a condition people should recognize more and this movie shows how serious it can get without the cutter realizing that it only takes one cut too deep and it could all be over. I will admit, I am a total hypocrite towards this issue: I say don't do it and I do it myself. I suggest this movie to anyone who is a self-injurer or have a friend or family member who injures themselves.

If you hurt yourself or know someone who does, you should go to this site, it has a lot of good information whether you cut or not. http://www.self-injury.net/

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