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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Susan Selky
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Al Menetti
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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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Susan Selky: [to Jocelyn] You have no idea what this feels like.
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Slow-going human drama looks like a well-produced episode from a TV serial...
7 September 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Kate Nelligan, always a forthright and gripping actress, gets to show many different sides as a single mother in New York City whose little boy disappears one day while walking a short distance to school; she clashes with authorities and friends, but is convinced her child has been kidnapped and is still alive. These type of human dramas are all pretty much the same, but if the extremities pull you in, they are undeniably absorbing. There's a horribly facetious sub-plot about a homosexual suspect (who seems to be rendered guilty by virtue of his fetishes), but Nelligan gives the familiar theme her class and ladylike vigor, making it fresher than most, and she's helped by other good actors like Judd Hirsch, Stockard Channing and David Dukes. The film is ultimately hurt by its clichés (especially when dealing second-handedly with police lieutenant Hirsch's family life); and as for the climax, it'll either strike you as very emotional or incredibly hokey and over-the-top. ** from ****


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