Stolen (2009)
"Stolen Lives" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  10 October 2009 (USA)
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A detective deals with the loss of his own son while trying to uncover the identity of a boy whose mummified remains are found in a box buried for fifty years.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Adkins Sr.
Matthew Wakefield
Diploma / Rogianni
Lea Adkins
Rose Montgomery
William Daniels
Police Chief
Officer JJ
Pete Dunne


A detective deals with the loss of his own son while trying to uncover the identity of a boy whose mummified remains are found in a box buried for fifty years.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Secrets from the past don't stay buried.

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Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 October 2009 (USA)  »

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Stolen  »

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,391 (USA) (19 March 2010)


$7,306 (USA) (2 April 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Matthew Wakefield character was written with Gary Sinise in mind. See more »


In the 1958 scenes, the box is shown variously as painted and unpainted. In a time-lapse scene, we see the box age from unpainted raw wood to dark and moldy, but when it is being buried, it is already dark. See more »


[first lines]
Tom Adkins Sr.: He has his mother's eyes. Her hair. My face, my laugh. First time I held him I knew he was my son. The best of me and his mother. I can still see his eyes light up watching those fireworks. I gave him everything a father can give a son. And now with all this searching, being a cop, being a father, I still can't find my boy.
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Good cast in a very affective film
29 June 2012 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

A detective (Jon Hamm) obsessed with the mysterious disappearance of his son goes deep into another obsession while investigating a similar case that took place in 1958 and despite the gap in between both cases they are connected. "Stolen Lives" divides itself in two segments (one in 1958, the other in 2008) on a same crusade which is to present two fathers trying to find their missing child and how they react to this happening in their shattered lives.

There isn't much to be said about the film. It's pretty decent, with a quality cast that includes names like Hamm, Josh Lucas, Jessica Chastain, James Van Der Beek, Rhona Mitra, Jimmy Bennett and Joanna Cassidy, it doesn't disappoint. It portrays with justice the drama of parents who go or went through the same drama as the main characters here, the kind of agony no one wants to live with. Annoys me the fact of this being commercialized as a thriller when it's not that much. Sure, there's some suspense (very little, actually), the whole investigation and the search for the kids but it's more a dramatic work than a thriller (it doesn't work as such since it reveals things that should be left to the ending). The segments were presented in a good way, but one (Lucas) becomes more interesting than the other (Hamm), which created some strange unbalance that might ruin the film to some viewers.

Admirable even without any news in its plot or presentation, it's worthy of a check out, at least for the cast. 7/10

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