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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 ...
Sachs
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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 film and its source book were based on the case of the disappearance of a young New York boy, Etan Kalil Patz, who went missing in New York 's Lower Manhattan on 25th May 1979. Patz was the first ever missing child to be advertised on a milk carton. The case initiated the missing children's movement, new legislation and new methods for locating missing children. See more »

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Al Menetti: I feel like ham and shit.
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beautiful, movie performances Nelligan, Hirsch, Dukes . .
19 December 2000 | by (austin, texas) – See all my reviews

This movie leaves me crying and heaving. The strong, strong performance by Kate Nelligan warranted an academy award. The range of motions she expressed - anger, fear, love, - and finally, joy. Judd Hirsch, equally strong in the sometimes undermanding role of the cop. David Dukes is probably the most unappreciated performance. I have seen it many times, but this last time I watched him and the emotion, his pain showed through as well as Nelligan's. A classic.


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