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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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Tom Adkins Sr.
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Matthew Wakefield
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Barbara
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Diploma / Rogianni
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Lea Adkins
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Rose Montgomery
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Jonas
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William Daniels
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Swede
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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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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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10 October 2009 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$7,306 (USA) (2 April 2010)
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At the gas station Matthew pays $9.50 to fill up the Rambler. In 1958 and at $0.24 per gallon he filled up his car with 39 gallons of gas. A bit more than your typical Rambler can hold. See more »

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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 »

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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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Underrated crime drama which is ultimately cathartic
14 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Perhaps the most daunting prospect for anyone wanting to watch this film is not piecing together the identification of a serial killer, it is watching the unraveling of the police detective and his marriage as the loss of his son, grabbed whilst momentarily out of sight, taunts him even eight years after it happened. This film does not let go of the torture this father endures as he tries to piece together all the similarities between his loss and that of a previous child whose body has been discovered. We observe how his wife comes slowly to terms with the fact her son may be dead, but he cannot let go.

The story is never easily told perhaps because the director wished us to explore the notion that reality is seldom something we confront without absolute proof. At times the acting is so real we may feel like giving up on this father because if he cannot let go then we can, but we persevere as he does.

Although I felt the story could have been better told I did end up admiring this work simply because it is very human exposing all the faults and frailties of our lives. It is also ultimately cathartic with a natural release with allows us to breathe again.

It is certainly a fine film and well worth watching.


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