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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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Watch who you leave behind.

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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2.35 : 1
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Stephen Gaghan wrote the part of Katie Burke with Katie Holmes in mind. See more »


When Katie goes to the job fair at the start of the film, one of the men throws her a ball. We hear the ball bounce before it even hits the floor. See more »


Wade Handler: Did you think it was odd that, he still liked her a lot, and she hadn't really show him any real interest in over two years?
Mousy Julie: I thought it was the opposite of odd. Guys are drawn to her like bugs surround a bug lamp. For four years I've had the privilege of watching it.
Wade Handler: That bother you Julie?
Mousy Julie: Think you see the horns of jealousy? You got my angle? You might want to ask yourself why you're so interested in her. They think it's a cultish vulnerability... but it's just self obsession: The pea-brain ...
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It's like frozen syrup, it takes ages for something to happen.
20 January 2003 | by (Karlskrona, Sweden) – See all my reviews

The movie is really slow as you can see on my summary. It's not interesting until there's only 15 minutes to go, and then it just ends. Although Katie is doing some nice acting, the script was too easy to guess how it would end. They should have picked another character for murderer, like the psychologist or something. Really bad movie.

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