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Vanished Without a Trace (1999)

A woman (Long) simply refuses to accept the kidnapping of her 13 year old daughter (Berman) and relentlessly pursues the villain's capture.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Porterson
Jack Porterson
Jim Codrington
Cathy Porterson (as Julie Marie Berman)
Daniel Porterson
J. J. Porterson
Neil Farley
Beverlee Buzon ...
Mrs. Lewis
Bobby Lewis
Irene Pauzer ...
Mrs. George


When 13-year old Cathy disappears, her parents Elisabeth and Jack Porterson, who have two younger sons, Daniel and J.J. who no longer feel safe and protected, mobilize help for the search, and keep going even after the police decides it's no longer worth the resources. In time Jack loses hope and faith in his marriage as Elisabeth focuses exclusively on the search. Just when even Elisabeth's confidence is no longer unshakable, they find the corpse in one of the last places on their map. The police isn't too eager to look for the killer, but she proves just as tenacious there, concentrating on a neighbor... Written by KGF Vissers

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1 February 1999 (USA)  »

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Desaparecida sin rastro  »

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Michael Seater (J.J. Porterson) and Daniel Magder (Daniel Porterson) would later play another pair of brothers, Derek and Edwin Venturi, in Life with Derek (2005). See more »

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Gone girl
26 April 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This true story type television film has a poor script but is highly charged to manipulate your emotions regarding perverts or child killers.

It wants to be a social issue movie but a television series like Quincy used to do things better.

Shelly Long is a loving mother whose mother disappears suddenly one day. We are presented with a city where danger lurks at every corner from the opening shot as she goes to pick her daughter up when she is out with her friends.

The film gives us a very obvious, leary villain so we can rule him out immediately but there is another more helpful suspect which turns out to be a person of interest later on.

It is a good job that Long's husband is a former policeman, because every time she rings up the police with any wide eyed theory, the police turn immediately even many months after her daughter's disappearance.

This is just a poor film with a horrible script.

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