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The Elizabeth Smart Story (2003)

Based on the true story of the kidnapping of teenager Elizabeth Smart,in June 2002, by two people, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.




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Credited cast:
Ed Smart
Lois Smart
Mary Katherine Smart
Charles Smart
Andrew Smart
Luke MacInnis ...
William Smart
Hollis McLaren ...
Wanda Barzee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kevin Curran ...
Police Officer on Street #1
Craig Eldridge ...
Det. Patrick Coleman
Travis Ferris ...
Volunteer at Desk
Marc Klaas
Bruce Gooch ...
Barbara Gordon ...
Jenny Francom


Upstanding citizen Ed Smart lives happily with his wife and five children in Salt Lake City. Until youngest daughter Mary Katherine is the traumatized sole witness to the kidnapping from their home of sister Elisabeth. After treating Ed and eldest Charles as prime suspects for statistics' sake, undermining initially wide community support, they concentrate on jailed pedophile Richard Ricci. For years, the investigation goes nowhere, even after if becomes clear Ricci is probably Innocent. The lunatic kidnapper, homeless handyman turned mini-sect prophet 'Emmanuel', and his blindly-devoted airhead wife meanwhile indoctrinates 'adopted, chosen' Elisabeth, but fate and his alcohol demon bring him to the footlights. Written by KGF Vissers

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The High Profile Abduction and Miraculous Return.


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

9 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Elizabeth Smart Story  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The attempted kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart's cousin was in fact neither a coincidence nor a practical joke. Though unexplained in the film, Elizabeth often talked about her close relationship with her cousin, Olivia Wright, to her captors, inadvertently telling them where she lived and that she was close to her in age. Brian Mitchell, as part of his plan to take multiple wives, decided that Olivia would be his next victim, but the kidnapping attempt was unsuccessful when the family was awakened by the noise, causing Mitchell to flee the scene. Mitchell later unsuccessfully attempted to kidnap another girl while in San Diego. See more »


When Elizabeth is shown playing the harp it is very obvious that she isn't actually playing, as the movements of her fingers do not match the soundtrack. See more »


Ed Smart: Elizabeth? Is it really you?
Elizabeth Smart: [crying] It's me, Daddy.
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References America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back (1988) See more »

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The movie that told it all!
10 November 2003 | by (Southern New Jersey USA) – See all my reviews

This movie I have thought has been a great movie. It heartwarming yet touching. The characters who portrayed in the movie did a way beyond excellent job. I could feel the pain and suffering of the family, and the intenseness Elizabeth must of felt from her captors.The girl who played Elizabeth did a superb job and so did the girl who portrayed Elizabeth's sister. The couple who portrayed her parents did an awesome job. I like the man who portrayed Ed Smart. You could really feel his pain in the movie. Though I firmly believe the filmed was filmed too close after Elizabeth's return, I worry about how Elizabeth may feel now that this movie was shown. She has gone through as some of us may know, beyond torture then what was shown in the movie. Or maybe her seeing this movie is a healing process. We will never know what Elizabeth personally went through, but at least we know she is safe and warm with her family, with still a long struggle ahead.

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