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When Andrew Came Home (2000)

A woman is reunited with her kidnapped son after five years, but sadly she finds out that he has a near-infantile mindset and apparent mental problems. Will she give up on Andrew, or try to help him work through the abuse he suffered?

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Gail
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Eddie
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Andrew
Lynne Deragon ...
Joanne
Craig Eldridge ...
Jack
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Deena Drake
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Ted
Patrick Chilvers ...
Officer Reston
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Mr. Kemper
Stan Coles ...
Dr. Burton
Eve Crawford ...
Janet Hilgarde
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Officer Pearl
Shane Daly ...
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Jake Goldsbie ...
Carl Rudnick
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Dr. Matthews
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A mother searches for five years to find her kidnapped son in this fact-based drama. Unexpectedly the boy is found, but the reunion is not as she hoped. She now has to deal with five years of abuse that the boy suffered at the hands of his kidnappers. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A kidnapped child... A Mother's desperate five-year search... a reunion that neither one expected. See more »

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Jake Goldsbie, who plays Carl Rudnick, is on the Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001), where he is no longer the bully, but is bullied. Katie Lai, the girl who stood up for Andrew, is also on the show and plays Toby's (Jake's character) girlfriend, Kendra, on the show. See more »

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Andrew: [tells Gail about his revelations after the kidnapping, sobs] We never stayed at the same place for long. We always moved around, mostly motels. The last place we lived - the one we stayed the longest - was a trailer. He wouldn't let me go outside during the day; I just stayed in the room watching TV. I didn't go to school, I didn't know any kids my age. There was just daddy, her, and me. Pattie, she - she hit me. He locked me in the closet. At night, they would put me outside on a long leash. I...
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Poignant and touching, a movie with a heart
9 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

'After an abduction of five years, a mother must fight for the love of her son.......before she loses him forever'

A beautifully told heartbreaking true story. With believable performances from all of the cast, the young Seth Adkins in the title role of Andrew was fantastic. He carried out even the most emotionally harrowing scenes with credibility and flair, making his character lovable despite his withdrawn and odd behaviour. You can feel all the characters' pain and joy throughout and the film is not to be forgotten easily. It speaks to the heart, and will leave an impression behind.

This is a story of loving unconditionally, of never giving up on somebody, and believing the best of them. It is inspiring, and shows the strength of bond between a mother and her child.

This is a brilliant film to watch with your family, as it is suitable for most ages. I would recommend this highly.


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