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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Credited cast:
Ellen Drake
Charles Drake
Vince / Roger
Julia / Catherine
Howard Addison
Glenn Herrera ...
Lt. Conroy
Klaus Olz ...
Lucas Thurman
Lynn Johnson ...
Brenda Schmid ...
Gal #1 (as Brenda Blade)
Katie Plec ...
Gal #2
Kim Collea ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Arthur Berg ...
Officer Parkes
Party guest


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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Well-done, lots of surprises
2 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Private detective Vince Whitaker meets a woman in a bar. He is good-looking enough that he could have had any of the women there, but the woman he chose is the bartender, whose name is Julia.

Then Vince shows up at the Florida beach home of construction executive Charles Drake and his wife Ellen. He has wonderful news: 16 years after their daughter Catherine was kidnapped at age 8, he has found her. Ellen is delighted, but Charles is suspicious. Julia, though, seems to remember a lot. Charles won't believe Julia is Catherine until he sees a birthmark he didn't tell the press about. She has it, so it must be her. Right?

Ellen spends a lot of time with Julia, buying her clothes and even a car. She has been so depressed for years, and she is taking numerous medications. Julia is so happy to have this relationship. As she explains, her nanny Lupe told her that her parents were dead. She ended up in numerous foster homes and finally ran away to Arizona. She says she has never had a relationship like this, and she doesn't even care about the money she might get from Catherine's trust fund.

Vince does care about money. It took a lot of effort for him to find Catherine, and Charles offered a $200,000 reward years ago. While Charles is investigating Vince, Vince is investigating Charles, to make sure he gets everything he can. And Lt. Conroy, a uniformed officer when the kidnapping took place, wants the case solved.

The movie offers numerous surprises and unexpected plot twists. Well, unexpected for me, anyway. I often find that when people on this site saw something coming a mile away, I was completely fooled. And that's the way I like it. It makes the mystery quite fascinating.

I thought all of the leading actors, and many of those with cameos, did a good job. Victor Browne has to be singled out because in the course of his investigations, Vince pretended to be an IRS agent and a lawyer. He had a different name every time he talked to someone, and I don't recall just when he was Roger. He was so polite when he first met the Drakes.

I didn't even recognize Greg Evigan, who I liked so much in light-hearted comic roles on "My Two Dads" and "P.S.I. Luv U". He was so mean and such a schemer.

I should also mention Joanna Cassidy. She reminded me a lot of Evelyn in "Two and a Half Men", and I even suspected I might have overlooked Holland Taylor's name during the opening credits.

Tania Saulnier also did a good job. She was so sweet, at least when her character was supposed to be. And Julia really convinced me she wanted a mother, not money.

When I first saw John Colton, who played Ellen's financial manager, I thought he looked just like George W. Bush. At least he had a similar face. His performance was good, but I didn't see anything to suggest he would be good in the role of the President. That's not to say he couldn't do it.

A couple of cautionary notes: there was little violence, but we were shown the gruesome results of violence. And while no actual forbidden body parts were shown thanks to creative positioning, we saw as much of Tania Saulnier as it was possible to see on broadcast TV. Unless the show is "NYPD Blue", that is. And the sex scenes were pretty athletic. Does it make the movie any more unsuitable if I mention the camera?

I enjoyed this.

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