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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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)
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 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)
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 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)
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 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)
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 Reporter #4 (2 episodes, 1989)

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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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Steven Gregory Stayner: I know my first name is Steven. I think my last name is Stayner.
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I cried my eyes out!!!
29 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this movie around 1994. At the time, my sons were ages 6,5, and 3. It was a holiday and my husband took all three boys out of town to visit his mother. So all alone I pulled up a chair in front of the television and became completely engrossed in this movie. I sat there in my chair and absolutely cried so much my face was swolen afterwards.It is now 2002 and I have seen that movie at least 9 times. Throughout the years, I have taught all three of my boys to never to go with strangers, they know their address, and phone number. A few years after this movie, I was reminding my oldest son about what to do if a stranger approached. He angrily said " I know ! I know !" Because I had told him repeatedly what to do after watching that movie. So I grabbed his shoulders and replied " GOOD, then you will know what to do if it happens to you!" I truly felt that if I ever would meet Kenneth Parnell that I would want to kill him. I want to assure you that I would never do anything like that, but the anger that I felt towards him was justified at the time. How can this kind of thing happen? It is now 2002 and Steven Stayner is still in my thoughts. I think every parent should see this movie and cry their hearts out and feel the pain that Dell and his wife went through. I know not to give away the ending of the movie, but I want to say that I was relieved when I heard what happened to Steven. I knew then that he would never have to suffer any longer. In closing, I want to say, peace to you Steven,your wife, children and family. I also want to say that the casting of the movie was perfect. LOVE MELZ


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