Without a Trace (1983)

PG  |   |  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:
Susan Selky
Graham Selky
Jocelyn Norris
Jacqueline Brookes ...
Margaret Mayo
Keith McDermott ...
Kathleen Widdoes ...
Ms. Hauser
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 ...


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.


Drama | Mystery


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4 February 1983 (USA)  »

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This movie's source novel was set in Boston whereas this film was set and filmed in New York. See more »


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 »


Susan Selky: [to Jocelyn] You have no idea what this feels like.
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Referenced in An Unexpected Family (1996) See more »

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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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