The harrowing true account of Steven Stayner, who was kidnapped by a perverted pseudo-priest and his lackey during the 1970s. As he gets older, he realizes that he needs to try to make an escape and get back home.
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1989  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
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 Kay Stayner (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Del Stayner (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Dennis Parnell / ... (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Steven Stayner (Age 7) (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Irving Murphy (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Bob Augustine (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Officer Kean (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Officer Scott (2 episodes, 1989)
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 School Counselor (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Cary Stayner (Age 11) (2 episodes, 1989)
Stephanie Walski ...
 Cindy Stayner (Age 9) (2 episodes, 1989)
Sumer Stamper ...
 Jody Stayner (Age 5) (2 episodes, 1989)
Cassy Friel ...
 Cory Stayner (Age 4) (2 episodes, 1989)
Juney Ellis ...
 Miss Rebecca (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Victor (Age 7) (2 episodes, 1989)
Jason Presson ...
 Deke (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Pete (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Bruce (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Officer Dickenson (2 episodes, 1989)
Jacob Gelman ...
 Timmy White (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Fred (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Selfides (2 episodes, 1989)
Shane McCabe ...
 Fat Clerk (2 episodes, 1989)
Al Berry ...
 Customer (2 episodes, 1989)
Brenda Hillhouse ...
 Barbara (2 episodes, 1989)
Robina Suwol ...
 Checker (2 episodes, 1989)
Kenneth Zavayna ...
 Man (2 episodes, 1989)
Lyla Graham ...
 Lady (2 episodes, 1989)
Nell Heller ...
 Mrs. Alpha (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Mrs. Ditschman (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Mrs. Beta (2 episodes, 1989)
Lynnsey Ryan ...
 Secretary (2 episodes, 1989)
Kenny McMurphy ...
 Punk #1 (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Punk #2 (2 episodes, 1989)
Karl Wiedergott ...
 Punk #3 (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Nettie (2 episodes, 1989)
Anne Convery ...
 Female Officer (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Jodie (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Officer Warner (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Pat Hallford (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Chief Johnson (2 episodes, 1989)
Todd Eric Andrews ...
 Cary Stayner (Age 18) (2 episodes, 1989)
Hilary Morse ...
 Cindy Stayner (Age 16) (2 episodes, 1989)
Shantell Stebbins ...
 Jody Stayner (Age 12) (2 episodes, 1989)
Marice Leeds ...
 Cory Stayner (Age 11) (2 episodes, 1989)
Harold Pruett ...
 Birch (2 episodes, 1989)
Jonathan Perpich ...
 Officer Severeid (2 episodes, 1989)
William Frankfather ...
 Judge Sabraw (2 episodes, 1989)
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 George McLure (2 episodes, 1989)
James Ingersoll ...
 Joe Allen (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Dan Smith (2 episodes, 1989)
Billy Ray Sharkey ...
 Sheriff Suggs (2 episodes, 1989)
Shannon Holt ...
 Angela White (2 episodes, 1989)
Mark Tymchyshyn ...
 Jim White (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Don (2 episodes, 1989)
Whitney Rydbeck ...
 Mr. Craft (2 episodes, 1989)
Natividad Vacío ...
 Vicente (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Rosanna (2 episodes, 1989)
Ron Tank ...
 TV Journalist (2 episodes, 1989)
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 TV Reporter (2 episodes, 1989)
Jeremy McCollum ...
 Kleekie (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Boots (2 episodes, 1989)
Robert Balderson ...
 P.E. Teacher (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Victor (Age 14) (2 episodes, 1989)
Wendy Gordon ...
 TV Newscaster (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Debbie (2 episodes, 1989)
Dave Adams ...
 Cashier (2 episodes, 1989)
Annie O'Donnell ...
 Official (2 episodes, 1989)
Dan Kelpine ...
 Court Officer (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Reporter #1 (2 episodes, 1989)
Kim Maxwell ...
 Reporter #3 (2 episodes, 1989)
Jeff Olson ...
 Reporter #4 (2 episodes, 1989)
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Storyline

7-year old Steven Stayner is kidnapped a few days before Christmas by Kenneth Parnell. Under the belief that Parnell has been given legal custody of him, and that his family has moved away, he stays with Parnell for seven years, enduring repetitive sexual abuse the entire time. Finally, at fourteen, he returns home to his family. Written by Liz Jordan <c9310494@alinga.newcastle.edu.au>

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On Monday, May 15, 1989, Time Warner bought Lorimar Telepictures, who produced this film under the Lorimar Television name. Time Warner used the Lorimar logo until 1993, when Lorimar was absorbed into Warner Bros. Television. In current syndicated TV prints of this film, and the Warner Home Video "Warner Archive" DVD release, the Lorimar logo at the end has been replaced by the Warner Bros. "WB shield" logo. See more »

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Kenneth Parnell: [after striking Steven across the face] Coulda been a ballbat!
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Poignant
24 October 2003 | by (Green Bay, WI) – See all my reviews

One of those movies that really sticks with you due to the seriousness of the content.

Every parent, or everyone that will be a parent should see this one. It emphasizes the need to tell your children to NOT TALK TO STRANGERS.

This movie was made with a certain amount of class, they did not go for shock value by being more graphic about the sexual abuse going on. It became more apparent during the movie as it played out, yet thankfully the movie makers were more subtle about it in the midst of the movie.

Lifetime Network features a lot of these true to life movies, and kudos to them. I know it is all entertainment, but it is also informative to keep us on the defense of all of the sickos out there.

Steven in real life perished a few years after his escape, and that is tragic. Just as tragic is that Parnell recently tried to buy a child, like a loaf of bread or gallon of milk, for his sick needs. As a free man. Sad.

In closing, any parent or parent to be must see this movie. I know it is somewhat unpleasant, but in this day and age, it is really important to see the elements of a cancer to the innocent American way of life.

Thank you.


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