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The Face on the Milk Carton (1995)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  24 May 1995 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Jennifer Sands / Janie Jessmon
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Sada Sands
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Frank Jessmon
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Jonathan Sands
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Reeve Shields
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Miranda Jessmon
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Stephen Sands
Caroline Perreyclear ...
Jodie Sands
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Sarah-Charlotte
Lorri Lindberg ...
Mrs. Shields (as Lori Lindberg)
Leslie Hall ...
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Paul Dow ...
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Ellen Seltz ...
Lizzie Shields (as Ellen Lee)
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L. McDonnell
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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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In the book "The Face on the Milk Carton" by Caroline B. Cooney, Janie's birth name is Jennie Spring and her adopted name is Janie Johnson. See more »

Goofs

Janie's real dad packs her luggage in the back of the car. Sada arrives with Janie to drop her off back at the Jessmon's and after some tearful good-bye's and welcoming home's, Sada drives off with Janie's luggage and nobody notices. See more »

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Stephen Sands: You're going back to the Jessmons?
Janie Jessmon: I don't have a home there anymore. I don't have a home anywhere. It's like I can't go back and I can't go forward. Do you ever feel like that?
Stephen Sands: All the time.
Janie Jessmon: I'm sorry I'm not the sister you wanted.
Stephen Sands: No. You are. It was me. I-I was the one that lost you.
Janie Jessmon: What?
Stephen Sands: I was supposed to hold your hand that day, the day you got kidnapped, and... all I did was push you down... and walk away. And when I looked back... you were gone.
Janie Jessmon: Stephen... Stephen, you were five years ...
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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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