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Without a Trace (1983)

 -  Drama | Mystery  -  4 February 1983 (USA)
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This film, centering on a child's abduction, casts Kate Nelligan as the distraught mother who lashes out at the police (in the person of a relentless detective played by Judd Hirsch), who ... See full summary »

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Susan Selky
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Graham Selky
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Jocelyn Norris
Jacqueline Brookes ...
Margaret Mayo
Keith McDermott ...
Philippe
Kathleen Widdoes ...
Ms. Hauser
Danny Corkill ...
Alex Selky (as Daniel Bryan Corkill)
Cheryl Giannini ...
Pat Menetti
David Simon ...
Eugene Menetti
William Duell ...
Polygraph operator
Joan McMonagle ...
Vivienne Grant
Louise Stubbs ...
Malvina Robbins
Deborah Carlson ...
Naomi Blum
Charles Brown ...
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This film, centering on a child's abduction, casts Kate Nelligan as the distraught mother who lashes out at the police (in the person of a relentless detective played by Judd Hirsch), who treat her and her husband as suspects, even as she hounds them to find her child and drives away her husband (David Dukes) and friends (including Stockard Channing) with her intensity and single-mindedness. Written by alfiehitchie

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One morning, Alex Selky got dressed, waved goodbye to his mother, set off for school and disappeared.

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The "Without a Trace" name of the film later became the title of an unrelated popular television series Without a Trace (2002) though both are about missing persons and both are set in New York. See more »

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The tea kettle that Susan Selky uses while waiting for Alex to come home is not a whistling type. There is no whistle attachment as she poured the water without removing anything from the spout. Whistling was only a sound effect. See more »

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Susan Selky: [to Jocelyn] You have no idea what this feels like.
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Worthwhile drama
26 January 2007 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

From screenwriter and original novelist Beth Gutcheon(novel entitled "Still Missing")comes "Without a Trace", which tells the story of a little six year old boy who leaves for school one morning and then completely disappears.

The film starts slowly but picks up the tension as it moves along. Producer and one-time director Stanley R. Jaffe tries to use quiet moments early in the film; but for me they did not work. Later, as the movie gets going, it becomes moving and thought provoking. A clever and touching finale, along with solid performances from the under-rated Kate Nelligan, the magnificent Judd Hirsch and David Dukes, make the film worthwhile.

Sunday, February 10, 1991 - Video


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