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Without a Trace (1983)

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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Graham Selky
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Jocelyn Norris
Jacqueline Brookes ...
Margaret Mayo
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Philippe
Kathleen Widdoes ...
Ms. Hauser
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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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Drama | Mystery

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PG | See all certifications »
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4 February 1983 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The film is loosely based on the case of 11-year-old Etan Patz, who disappeared in NYC on May 25, 1979 while walking two blocks to catch his school bus. As of June 2012, Patz, who was declared legally dead in 2001, has not been found. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Susan Selky: [to Jocelyn] You have no idea what this feels like.
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Connections

Referenced in An Unexpected Family (1996) See more »

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Should be mandatory viewing for all parents.
16 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

This film takes the viewer on an emotional roller-coaster. Don't know if I've ever cried harder or more frequently in a movie theater. Kate Nelligan is as good here as she is in "The Eye of the Needle."


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