Sixteen years after the Drakes' young daughter was kidnapped by her nanny, a woman appears claiming to be the long-lost child.

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Ellen Drake
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Charles Drake
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Vince / Roger
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Julia / Catherine
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Howard Addison
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Klaus Olz ...
Lucas Thurman
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Maria
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Gina
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Roger carefully sets up a sting with his girlfriend Julia: he plays private detective Vince Whittaker, she Catherine Drake, who was kidnapped as an 8-year old by her nanny sixteen years ago from the rich Drakes, who posted a $200.000 reward. Their research was thorough enough to convince Charles and Ellen Drakes, but since there's a far richer trust-fund Roger no longer wants to walk away with just the reward. Julia, a real orphan who never knew her parents, wants to call it all off because of Ellens maternal warmth, but Roger convinces her that's just as cruel on 'mother'. Police Lt. Conroy feels anyway that the kidnapper still must be caught. Meanwhile we learn there's a plot behind Roger&Julia's: he's in league with Charles Drake, to get some of Ellen's money... Written by KGF Vissers

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Thriller | Mystery

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7 May 2005 (Spain)  »

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Average fare
14 May 2008 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

A lot of "Lifetime" flicks have their resident "sociopaths." So does this one, although it's not necessarily the one whom you'd expect, when revealed towards the end.

I noticed this film listed when I was looking-up something for that evening, and had an unexpected couple of hours to kill. Tuned it in, although I didn't know any of the leads except Joanna Cassidy, vaguely.

The writers have inserted a few of the kinds of twists inevitable in this type story. The don't surprise at all, but each one has two or three variations which might have been chosen - so the only mystery is which will be the one they chose.

At the outset, when the 24-year-old daughter reappears, having been kidnapped at age 8, for about 30 seconds you might expect it could be a story where the remainder will deal with her reconciliation, adjusting to life back in the old homestead/town, etc.

However, there never appeared to be much chance of this, and the emotional displays of all concerned were about on the level you'd expect (maybe less) upon finding a lost pet turtle.

You soon know that there will be the fore-mentioned "twists," and some supposedly dark and dangerous revelations to ensue.

The problem is that the writers/director/actors never really raise any proverbial "head of steam," there's nothing which could frighten the viewer, and nothing which either makes one gasp or make the kind of comment you might expect during any real dramatic moments (none of which appear here).

Pretty much average, and would be rated lower except for nice scenery/locale and an attractive cast of the four leads and some of the support thespians.

While there was a bit of brandishing of weaponry, this was logical where involved, and thankfully this film omitted anyone running amok with butcher knives, heavy scissors or hedge trimmers.


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