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Stolen Lives -- Work has become an obsession for Detective Tom Adkins (Jon Hamm) since the disappearance of his ten-year-old son, Tommy Jr. When an early morning phone call leads him to the mangled remains of a young boy who was brutally murdered 50 years ago, Adkins takes on the case in hopes of finding absolution. His investigation leads him to a man who lived in 1958 named Matthew Wakefield (Josh Lucas) and his innocent son, John. The striking similarities in the cases pushes Adkins' obsession over the top. Barely holding onto his sanity and bound by redemption, Adkins unravels the unspeakable truth behind what happened to his son.
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Writer:
Glenn Taranto (written by)
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Tagline:
Secrets from the past don't stay buried.
Plot:
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. | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Jon Hamm ... Tom Adkins Sr.

Josh Lucas ... Matthew Wakefield

Rhona Mitra ... Barbara

James Van Der Beek ... Diploma / Rogianni

Jessica Chastain ... Sally Ann

Joanna Cassidy ... Lea Adkins

Jimmy Bennett ... John Wakefield

Morena Baccarin ... Rose Montgomery

Michael Cudlitz ... Jonas

Andy Milder ... William Daniels

Holt McCallany ... Swede

Jude Ciccolella ... Police Chief

Rick Gomez ... Officer JJ

Marcus Thomas ... Pete Dunne

Graham Phillips ... Mark Wakefield
Christian Bender ... Luke Wakefield

Sam Hennings ... Older Luke Wakefield

Tom Kemp ... Russell MacArthur

Kali Rocha ... Coral

Benjamin Burdick ... George Montgomery

Kim Hamilton ... Miz Betsy

Bob Stephenson ... Mike the Bartender

William Charles Mitchell ... Lou (as William C. Mitchell)

Glenn Taranto ... Chollie

Ryan Cutrona ... Bill Byrnes

Ty Panitz ... Tommy Jr.

Ray Proscia ... Lawyer

Elizabeth Small ... Edvena

Enuka Okuma ... Officer Angie Riddick

Angela Schnaible ... Girl

Jeanette Brox ... Lisa

Kasey Campbell ... Micha

Beth Grant ... Older Edvena

Cheyenne Wilbur ... Old Minister

Pamela Dunlap ... Shelly the Waitress

Rutanya Alda ... Older Sally Ann

James Mathers ... Joel Schubert

Paul Keith ... Barber #1

Jonathan Erickson Eisley ... Mick (as Jonathan Eisley)

Channing Chase ... Lorraine
Charles C. Stevenson ... Man Getting a Cut (as Charles Stevenson)

Bart McCarthy ... Kevin Byrnes

Tonye Patano ... Elsie Mauer
Beresford Bennett ... Investigator

Al Corley ... Uncle Sam #2
Liliana Rose ... Jenette
Lindsey Rosenblatt ... Ashley
Richard Amadril ... Waiter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charity Beyer ... 1950's Barmaid (uncredited)
Felix J. Boyle ... 1950s Chollie Diner Guest (uncredited)
Keith Brush ... Examiner (uncredited)
Jillian Johnston ... Carnival Goer (uncredited)
Jason Kakebeen ... Prison Guard (uncredited)

Elizabeth Kouri ... Pearl Wakefield (uncredited)
Retson Ross ... Carnival Kid (uncredited)
Brandon Woxland ... Carnival Kid (uncredited)
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Directed by
Anders Anderson 
 
Writing credits
Glenn Taranto (written by)

Produced by
Anders Anderson .... producer
Al Corley .... producer
Josh Lucas .... co-producer
Devin Maurer .... producer
Eugene Musso .... producer
Kim Olsen .... co-producer
Bart Rosenblatt .... producer
Andy Steinman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Trevor Morris 
 
Cinematography by
Andy Steinman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gary Mau 
 
Casting by
Stephanie Corsalini 
 
Production Design by
Jennifer Spence 
 
Art Direction by
Thomas Spence 
 
Costume Design by
Lisa Norcia 
 
Makeup Department
Monica Araya .... key hair stylist
Kymber Blake .... makeup department head
Noa Bolozky .... key makeup artist
E. Larry Day .... key makeup artist
J.J. Poff .... makeup artist (as J.J. Henley)
Richard Redlefsen .... age progression makeup: James Van Der Beek
 
Production Management
Jeanette Brill .... unit production manager (as Jeanette Volturno)
Rick Osako .... unit production manager
Ric Wolfe .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew Shepherd .... first assistant director: second unit
Andrew Shepherd .... second assistant director
Ethan Shrier .... first assistant director
Sam Yano .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Matt Donaldson .... property master
Alicia Gerken .... assistant art director
Charlie Leal .... set dresser
Tim Risley .... on-set dresser
Richard Roraback .... leadman
 
Sound Department
Mark Binder .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Binder .... supervising sound editor
Jay Golden .... sound utility
Tim D. Lloyd .... boom operator
Zsolt Magyar .... sound mixer
Steven Schwedt .... boom operator
Nick Shaffer .... sound re-recording mixer
Nick Shaffer .... supervising dialogue & adr editor
 
Visual Effects by
Chris Ervin .... visual effects artist
Chris Ervin .... visual effects supervisor
Tuan Ho .... digital effects artist
 
Stunts
Clay Cullen .... stunt player
Dane Farwell .... stunt player
Chris J. King .... stunts
Michael R. King .... stunt double: Josh Lucas
Rob King .... stunt coordinator
Rick Marcus .... stunt double: Josh Lucas
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jessica Brooks .... still photographer
Chris Byers .... key grip
Jon Callesen .... best boy electric (as John Callesen)
Dessie Coale .... lighting technician
Brandon Cunningham .... gaffer
Peter DePhilippis .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Adam Duffy .... grip
Phil Eastwood .... electrician
Reece Glover .... best boy grip
Nate Havens .... camera operator: 'b' camera
Tom Heigl .... camera loader: re-shoots
Jennifer Herschbach .... grip
Charles 'Tom' Hinson .... key grip
Jared Hoy .... set lighting technician
Jeff Journey .... dolly grip
Erwin Landau .... Steadicam operator
Dwight F. Lay .... electrician (as Dwight Lay)
Aaron Marquette .... second assistant camera: re-shoots
Johan Martínez .... grip
Thomas McCarty .... electrician (as Tom McCarty)
Mark Meyers .... steadicam operator
Clint Moran .... additional loader
Matt Mosher .... camera operator
Kathryn Moss .... assistant camera: additional (as Kathryn Comkowycz)
Bill Otto .... gaffer
Roger Peterson .... best boy grip
Mark Pickens .... key grip
Boris Price .... camera operator: 'b' camera
Jeremy Quinlan .... key grip
Jake Rose .... electrician
Daniel Shepard .... grip
Benjamin Shurtleff .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Zachary Sieffert .... first assistant camera: re-shoots
Brian Silva .... electrician
Andy Steinman .... camera operator: 'a' camera
Nathan Stock .... dolly grip
Charles B. Walker .... electrician
Michael Weeks .... electrician (as Mike Weeks)
Ramian E. Williams .... set lighting technician
Satoshi Yamazaki .... grip
 
Casting Department
Joe Cappelletti .... adr voice casting
Brandi S. Hawkins .... extras casting: reshoots
Charley Medigovich .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Echo Brooks .... costumer
Kristen Samuilow .... set costumer
Dmitri Seth .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Jon-Pierre Dupuy .... assistant editor
Victor Franco .... key digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Yesenia Higuera .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Michael Mintz .... digital film colorist
Alan Pao .... digital intermediate producer
Binh C. Than .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
 
Music Department
Jeffrey Biggers .... score recordist (as Jeff Biggers)
John Bissell .... music supervisor
Nick Delaplane .... composer: additional music
Sarah Ferguson .... music coordinator
T.J. Lindgren .... composer: additional music
Trevor Morris .... musician: piano
Trevor Morris .... score mixer
Sam Plattner .... assistant to composer
Tom Trafalski .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Craig Alexander .... driver
Scott Anderson .... transportation captain
Kevin Barrett .... driver
James G. Brill .... transportation coordinator
Daniel Malkovich .... driver
Craig Patane .... driver
Dave Perkins .... driver: honeywagon
Ryan Wolfrum .... driver
 
Other crew
Michael Ark .... stand-in (as Misha Bugaev)
Dana Cohen .... studio teacher
Sandra Cruz .... set medic
Jade DeCosta .... production coordinator
Minnie Duerr .... production accountant
Leon Gladstone .... production legal
Raquel Goodsell .... production assistant
Rocky Goodsell .... production assistant
Stanley Longstreet .... location manager
Kiran Kaur Saini .... script supervisor
Junya Sakino .... key set production assistant
Tanya Taylor .... production secretary
Diane Timmons .... craft service
Randi Woxland .... key set medic
 
Thanks
Bryan Pennington .... special thanks
Ken Steiger .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Stolen" - USA (alternative title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for a scene of sexuality
Runtime:
91 min
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Trivia:
During its initial 2010 run at the Laemmle Sunset 5, in Los Angeles, the film screened with the title card reading 'Stolen Lives' as well as its official release title .Stolen'.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[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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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Intense character study with nice touches of surrealism, 6 December 2011
Author: rooprect from New York City

The plot is pretty simple: a man who is searching for his lost son gets wrapped up in a parallel mystery from 50 years earlier. It isn't intended to be a Hitchcockian thriller with lots of action, twists & turns, but instead it's a great character study into the mind of a man who borders on obsession. It asks the questions: when are we supposed to let go, and if we do pursue closure, at what cost? Over the course of his many-year investigation, the man's life becomes a total mess, and in that respect we see some interesting parallels with the excellent Clint Eastwood film "In the Line of Fire" (about a secret service agent who fails to save JFK and who is tasked with foiling a similar assassination decades later). Both films ask us what is the difference between perseverance and obsession? The answer, even after the credits roll, is up to you.

Something I really liked about this film is the way the director used surrealism to blend the two timelines, 1958 and 2008. Scenes would blend seamlessly from one to the other. For example, there's one shot in a bar where the camera flows through the room beginning in 2008 and ending in 1958 without any cuts. This subtle style, in addition to the underlying mystery of the whole story, forces the audience to keep on their toes.

The basic plot is pretty straightforward, but there are a lot of background questions & themes that are not as obvious. These questions give the film substance. Religion is a minor theme that crops up visually in the form of crucifixes and subtle lighting effects. Guilt is another subtle yet powerful theme. I also sense a bit of existentialism in that the heroes are subjected to some rotten luck without any apparent rhyme or reason, and it is only through the individuals' strength of character that they manage to make it through the day. In all, there's a ton of stuff going on, and if you like your films to be full of philosophy and questions of morality, this will be a real treat for you.

Other great films worth checking out are "Changeling" (2008) about a woman searching for her lost son, "A Very Long Engagement" (2004) about a woman searching for a soldier reportedly killed in action, the aforementioned "In the Line of Fire" (1993) about a secret service agent trying to redeem himself for losing JFK, and a wonderful unknown gem called "Into Temptation" (2009) about a priest trying to find a suicidal confessor before it's too late.

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