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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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Ed Smart
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Lois Smart
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Emmanuel
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Mary Katherine Smart
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Charles Smart
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Andrew Smart
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William Smart
Hollis McLaren ...
Wanda Barzee
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Police Officer on Street #1
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Det. Patrick Coleman
Travis Ferris ...
Volunteer at Desk
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Marc Klaas
Bruce Gooch ...
Barbara Gordon ...
Jenny Francom

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Storyline

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.

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Crime | Drama

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9 November 2003 (USA)  »

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Untitled Elizabeth Smart Story  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ed Smart: Elizabeth? Is it really you?
Elizabeth Smart: [crying] It's me, Daddy.
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References Larry King Live (1985) See more »

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Well-done retelling of Elizabeth's amazing story
9 November 2003 | by (Salt Lake City, Utah) – See all my reviews

I was happy to see the tasteful way they told Elizabeth's story. The actors were all great(that guy they got to play John Walsh looked just like him!)and mostly, the facts were straight. I hope that this movie will enlighten people and that she will be able to get the help she needs to recover. We love you, Elizabeth!


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