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Stolen (2009)

Stolen Lives (original title)
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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:
Rose Montgomery
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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Secrets from the past don't stay buried.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 October 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stolen  »

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,391, 19 March 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,306, 4 April 2010
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Screenwriter Glenn Taranto wrote his first draft of the screenplay, originally titled "The Boy in the Box", in six days over a two week period. He was inspired by the famous unsolved case of "America's Unknown Child" aka The Boy In The Box. Working backwards Glenn created an original scenario detailing how such an unsolved crime might have occurred. Should anyone have any information regarding the real "Boy In The Box" case they are encouraged to contact the Philadelphia, PA Police Department. See more »


When Rose hangs herself it shows her stepping up on the bench from the vanity, which would be no more than 20 - 24 inches high, but when Matthew finds her, the body is much higher off the ground, higher than the vanity itself. 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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A hidden gem of a film
12 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

I had never heard of this film before chancing upon it recently. The premise sounded OK so I decided to watch it expecting something very much run of the mill.

The film centres on a policeman's (Jon Hamm) search to uncover the truth behind the discovery of a 50 year old corpse of a child. It also interweaves the story of a young man (Josh Lucas) and his 3 sons as he struggles to support his family in 1950's America. The 1950's storyline in particular is dealt with extremely well but both story lines link well together throughout the movie.

I have never seen anything of Hamm's previous work and only Posieden of Lucas but was impressed by both actors who conveyed the sense of loss of a child impressively throughout. Lucas in particular was I thought outstanding. The children in the film were also impressive especially Jimmy Bennett. The rest of the cast had less to work with and the characters weren't fully fleshed out but this was probably due to the relatively short running period of the film.

Once it hits its stride (fairly early on) this film never lets go. I found it quite moving and disturbing at the same time and for viewers with children this film will hit home in particular.

Whilst it does have a few flaws, for a relatively low budget film this is extremely impressive.

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