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Taken (2002)

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Taken spans five decades and four generations, centering on three families: the Keys, Crawfords, and Clarkes. World War II veteran Russell Keys is plagued by nightmares of his abduction by ... See full summary »


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Series cast summary:
 Allie Keys (10 episodes, 2002)
 Dr. Chet Wakeman (6 episodes, 2002)
 Lisa Clarke - Adult (5 episodes, 2002)
 Mary Crawford - Adult (5 episodes, 2002)
 Colonel Owen Crawford / ... (5 episodes, 2002)
 Charlie Keys - Adult (5 episodes, 2002)
 Marty Erickson (5 episodes, 2002)
 Tom Clarke - Adult (5 episodes, 2002)
 Nina Toth - Adult (5 episodes, 2002)


Taken spans five decades and four generations, centering on three families: the Keys, Crawfords, and Clarkes. World War II veteran Russell Keys is plagued by nightmares of his abduction by aliens during the war; the Roswell incident transforms Owen Crawford from ambitious Air Force captain to evil shadow government conspirator; the unhappily married Sally Clarke is impregnated by an alien visitor. As the decades go by, the heirs of each are affected by the machinations of the aliens, culminating with the birth of Allie Keys, who is the final product of the aliens' experimentation and holds the key to their future. Written by Ronos

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3 Families. 4 Generations. 50 Years of Alien Encounters. See more »


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Release Date:

2 December 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Steven Spielberg Presents Taken  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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(10 parts)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The WW2 bombing sequence in episode one was created using NewTek's "Lightwave 3D". The image of Germany was actually a spy photo taken from WW2. See more »


Jesse Keys joined the military under the name "Frank Pierce" However, the dog tags he throws away at the beginning of "Acid Tests" say "Keys, Jesse". See more »


Allison Clarke: When you're little, you like to think you know everything, but the last thing you really want is to know too much. What you really want is for grown-ups to make the world a safe place where dreams can come true and promises are never broken. And when you're little, it doesn't seem like a lot to ask.
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References The Manchurian Candidate (1962) See more »

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Overall a very good thing. Many great sequences. Little kid Dakota Fanning was astoundingly brilliant!
14 December 2002 | by (Great Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

There is more than one dimension upon which "Taken" must be judged. It's a movie, a TV mini-series, a large collection of "theatrical moments," it's somewhat of a social/political commentary, it's a diary for all the old (and young) hippies, and it's a "message" flick about possible new frontiers, etc. It's all of those things at once. It performs differently on all of those dimensions.

Without boring the reader with my opinions regarding each dimension, permit me to summarize by merely saying that yes, it is great in places, it works very well in others. It is a bit "TV-y" and trite on a small few. Also, the ending smacked of a corporate-marketing mentality. It almost said, "Stay tuned for a thin and overly drawn-out clunker of a TV series and/or series of never-as-good-as-the-original and frustratingly exploitative and hideous sequels." I really hope I'm not right about that--- but sadly, I fear that I am.

Overall, though, "Taken" it is a very good thing. Watch it, dig it, enjoy it! Oh--- and what's the deal with the little girl who played Allie? Dakota Fanning was her name? Wow! She was cute and perky, all right. But dang--- she went WAY beyond cute clear through to amazing. What a major find that little actor is! Think about it--- the producers needed a kid who could embody a cosmic wisdom that transcended all the earthly adults, AND still have the "little kid" vulnerability and cuteness of a real child. Fanning was a marvel at accomplishing all of those things at once.

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