Childhood Sweetheart? (1997)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  18 March 1997 (USA)
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Karen and Greg were childhood sweethearts. Twelve-year-old Karen mysteriously disappears on her way to Greg's house. Seventeen years later, a woman claiming to be Karen shows up outside ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Carlson
Greg Davis
Sheriff Bowman
Lt. James Walker
Rose Carlson
Warren Carlson
Anthony Alexander ...
Passport Clerk
Guest #1
Guest #2
C'Esca Lawrence ...
Guest #3


Karen and Greg were childhood sweethearts. Twelve-year-old Karen mysteriously disappears on her way to Greg's house. Seventeen years later, a woman claiming to be Karen shows up outside Greg's window. She tells Greg that she was abducted by a man who kept her prisoner for years. Greg and Karen's mother are convinced that this woman is Karen. However, Karen's father and the police detective who has been searching for Karen all these years have their doubts. A small-town sheriff contacts the police detective and says the woman claiming to be Karen may be wanted for murder. Written by PetrinaC <>

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After seventeen years, a missing girl returns home. But is she a long-lost friend or a cold-blooded killer?







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18 March 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Elveszett szerelem  »

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15 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a waste of time and actors. I guess Melissa Gilbert couldn't get hired to do a Lifetime "based on a true story" so she or her agent picked this bomb, exploiting the "kidnap a child" story. Writing fiction about a subject that so many GOOD TV-movies have been made and try to spice it up.

Michael Reilly Burke did a tour de force with "Ted Bundy" but stepped way down with "Childhood Sweetheart?" I'd venture a guess that any movie with a title ending in a question mark is going to be bad. By the end of this mess I didn't think his love affair with the deceptive woman Gilbert played, was romantic, I thought it was bizarre and it left me hoping for "unhappiness ever after" for the pair.

I thought that the Gilbert character was responsible for her "would be father" Ronny Cox's death. If not, I must have missed it... but by then I couldn't care less, I still had no sympathy for the deceptive woman and her loyal "Childhood Sweetheart?" Please Lifetime fans, don't waste your time.

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