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The Face on the Milk Carton (1995)

A teenage girl sees a photograph of herself one day in the school cafeteria - on a Missing Persons column on the side of a milk carton. But her beloved parents would never kidnap anyone and there's a deeper mystery ahead.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sada Sands
Jonathan Sands
Johnny Green ...
Reeve Shields
Stephen Sands
Caroline Perreyclear ...
Jodie Sands
Lorri Lindberg ...
Mrs. Shields (as Lori Lindberg)
Leslie Hall ...
Kawan Rojanatavorn ...
Paul Dow ...
Ellen Seltz ...
Lizzie Shields (as Ellen Lee)
L. McDonnell


A girl happens to look down at a milk carton one day and she sees herself on the back! Her life gets more stressful as she tries to hide the secret from her parents who she knows couldn't have kidnapped her. Written by Katie <Katie185@aol.com>

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Release Date:

24 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enigma familiar  »

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1.33 : 1
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Jennifer's full name is Jennifer Marguerite Sands. See more »


Frank Jessmon: [the Sands want three months exclusive custody of Jennie/Janie. Jennie/Janie's father won't agree to it] Well, how are we supposed to go three months without seeing our daughter?
L. McDonnell: How did the Sands go *thirteen years* without seeing theirs?
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Referenced in Do You Know Me? (2009) See more »

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A really good TV movie
5 October 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I hate to write "A really good TV movie" as my summary title, but that is really the only way I can describe "The Face On The Milk Carton". I have seen it many times and loved it each and every one.

This movie is based on the first two novels of the 4 novel series by Caroline B. Cooney. I have read every one. Although the movie changes a lot of details and characters, (most likely due to lack of time) the movie captures the true essence of the books.

Janie Johnson sees a photo of a missing girl on the back of a milk carton and suspects that it is her. The first half of the movie is based on the first novel entitled "Face on the Milk Carton". It is about how Janie deals with the prospect that she was kidnapped and how to accept that her "parents" may not really be her parents. The second half is based on "Whatever Happened to Janie?". Janie discovers that she is actually Jennie Spring and that she belongs with her real family in another state. All throughout these events, she is supported by her friends and her boyfriend Reeve.

All of the acting by this wonderful cast is as good as it gets. Kelly Martin has since become one of my favorite actresses.

I won't give any more information away about this movie. I hope you will see it for yourself. I have frequently seen it on ABC Family Network. "Face on the Milk Carton" is an excellent movie. I think you will enjoy it as much as I do. I also suggest reading the books. They are aimed towards teenagers, but anyone can relate to the characters in both the books and the movie.

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