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Abandon (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Mystery | 18 October 2002 (USA)
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A senior at an elite college, already under severe pressure to complete her thesis and land a prestigious job, must confront the sudden reappearance of her old boyfriend, after his two-year... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lieutenant Bill Stayton
Robert Hanson
Mousy Julie (as Melanie Jayne Lynskey)
Professor Jergensen
Greg Kramer ...
Gillian Ferrabee ...
Barry Julien ...
Dr. David Schaffer


A senior at an elite college, already under severe pressure to complete her thesis and land a prestigious job, must confront the sudden reappearance of her old boyfriend, after his two-year, unexplained absence. Written by Lane Shadgett

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug and alcohol content, sexuality, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 October 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abandoned  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,064,077 (USA) (18 October 2002)


$10,719,367 (USA) (13 December 2002)

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Did You Know?


Stephen Gaghan wrote the part of Katie Burke with Katie Holmes in mind. See more »


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Katie's Creek
18 November 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Upwardly mobile Katie Holmes (as Katie Burke) tries to concentrate on her college thesis while thinking about a career after graduation. Understandably a little stressed, Ms. Holmes has occasional flashbacks about beautiful blond ex-boyfriend Charlie Hunnam (as Embry Larkin). A rich bohemian artist-type, the charismatic Mr. Hunnam disappeared two years ago. Holmes has had no steady lover since then, although tree-hugging Gabriel Mann (as Harrison "Harry" Hobart) shows interest. Meanwhile, recovering alcoholic detective Benjamin Bratt (as Wade Handler) is assigned to investigate Hunnam's mysterious disappearance as Holmes is frightened by a stalker who looks just like him...

Multi award-winning writer turning director Stephen Gaghan gets good, steady cinematography from Matthew Libatique. However, the positioning of actors and set direction is sometimes obvious and distracting. Holmes has the messiest imaginable room but likes to straighten Bratt's pictures. Matches her psyche. Getting Holmes crotch-level with therapist Tony Goldwyn (as David Schaffer) matches the script. So, there is cohesion. However, you care more about what happened to poor "Harrison" than the lead characters, who come together for the predictable surprise ending. There is life-sustaining support from friendly Zooey Deschanel, mousy Melanie Lynskey and clean-cut Mark Feuerstein.

***** Abandon (3/1/02) Stephen Gaghan ~ Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt, Charlie Hunnam, Gabriel Mann

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