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Writers (WGA):
William Wood (written by) and
Bill Wells (written by) ...
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Release Date:
19 March 1996 (USA) See more »
The true story of the disappearance of Sarah Porter. With no help from the police, Sarah's parents are forced to act on their own to find her... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Patty Duke ... Natalie Porter

Richard Crenna ... John Porter

Katy Boyer ... Danielle

Missy Crider ... Lydia

Jon Gries ... Steve

Ele Keats ... Sarah Porter

Liza Snyder ... Martha

Sydney Walsh ... Sandy

Brian T. Finney ... Robb

Steve Eastin ... Ben
Charles Grant ... Eric

Caitlin Wachs ... Amy
Granville Ames ... Dr. Greenwood
Shari Shaw ... Another Officer (as Shari Ballard)

Clement Blake ... Ed (as Clement E. Blake)
Ellen Blake ... Maid

Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Neighbor (as Carlos Cervantes)

Jacquelyn Houston ... Officer Easterlin
Todd Kimsey ... Roger

Michael C. Mahon ... Officer Colby (as Michael Mahon)

Karl Makinen ... Chris Prince

Lynne Marta ... Matron
David Michael Mullins ... Grocery Clerk
Jill Novick ... Alissa

Dell Yount ... Impound Attendant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Scott Alan Smith ... Sarah's doctor
Judy Scheer ... Various Voices (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Gerber 
Writing credits
William Wood (written by) and
Bill Wells (written by) &
Mimi Rothman Schapiro (written by)

Produced by
Joan Barnett .... executive producer
Jonathan Bernstein .... producer
Jack Grossbart .... executive producer
Linda L. Kent .... co-producer
Jack Nasser .... executive producer
Joseph Nasser .... producer
Original Music by
James McVay 
Cinematography by
Peter Benison 
Film Editing by
Claudia Finkle 
Casting by
Shana Landsburg 
Production Design by
Anthony Stabley 
Costume Design by
Carolyn Greco 
Makeup Department
Claude Díaz .... hair department head
Production Management
Jonathan Bernstein .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Coad .... second assistant director
Maggie Parker .... first assistant director
Art Department
Win Craft .... set dresser
Chris Davis .... on-set dresser
Roger L. King .... construction coordinator
Naython Vane .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Jon Ailetcher .... production sound mixer
Tim Chilton .... foley artist
Frank Fleming .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Arthur Tipp .... utility stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Laurent Soriano .... first assistant camera
Other crew
Bernice Moschini .... production accountant
Matt Yarowsky .... first assistant accountant

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Film does not live up to its premise., 31 December 2000
Author: rhsinger from San Antonio, TX

The premise was a good one: Parents desperately searching for a daughter that the Police refuse to acknowledge as missing. But this movie fails miserably in a lot of ways.

Patty Duke and Richard Crenna cannot be proud of what I can only term a very badly written script. One that they were forced to enact. There are so many unbelievable scenes, with badly written dialogue, that I sat here saying, 'I don't BELIEVE this!' numerous times.

And the Producers decided to enhance the seriousness of the plot, by making everything grey/beige: the sets; the furniture; the clothes; and, I swear, the makeup; and whoever decided to do Patty Duke's hair that way????

These are two of my very favorite actors, and even though, 'Art imitates life' in this case it HAS to be a very poor imitation of what went on. How many scenes must we be forced to endure with Patty wringing her hands, while Richard, the Police, other family members and friends show total indifference? C'mon, this girl was missing for way over 48 hours! SOMEONE must have believed she was in trouble, other than the Mother and the one daughter?

And the denouement was totally trite, and completely unbelievable....

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