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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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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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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:
Anachronisms: When Matt goes to the diner later in the movie, Sally Ann is putting coffee pots on the warming plates. The coffee pots are the modern kind with brown top for regular, and an orange top for decaf. In 1958, most coffee pots would have been metal. And decaf if available was served in little orange packets called SANKA.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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Fifty years on..., 26 May 2012
Author: jc-osms from United Kingdom

This thriller, starring "Mad Men's" John Hamm, while watchable, ultimately fails through implausible plotting and the contrived use of coincidence.

Consider Hamm's anguished cop, who, at a Fourth of July pageant, in the mere minutes it took him to go to and from the toilet in a diner establishment, finds the son who accompanied him has apparently disappeared as if into thin air, never to return. It later transpires that he encounters the perpetrator just outside the diner, so how has he managed to spirit away his son and got back to the pageant in those mere minutes?

Years pass, with Hamm unable to get over his loss and attendant guilt, the emotional distance between him and his wife widening close to separation point, when a child's body is unearthed, bearing similarities to his own child and immediately throwing suspicion on a long-interred suspect. The movie then moves back and forth in time from the present-day to 1958 where we see enacted the story of the disappearance (thankfully, there are no scenes depicting the actual murder of the children) of the first child and the truth is gradually brought to light as the stories converge.

That's quite a lot to bring together in a mere 90 minutes and after all the exposition, the ending is wound up in double quick time, with a too blatant slip by the murderer and too easily obtained subsequent confession. I also thought the 1958 story was more involving, if more implausible than the present-day one, contriving a "Postman Always Rings Twice" dalliance between the father and a local femme-fatale, complete with jealous husband, unbalancing the narrative, although the transitions between the two time-frames were cleverly done, with dissolves on the shared crime-scene exhibits.

The acting was okay, Hamm jutting his jaw and running his hand through his hair in familiar angst-ridden fashion, although I thought the better acting was done by Josh Lucas as his 1950's counterpart, conveying just the right composite of Henry Fonda crossed with James Stewart as the drifter at the mercy of fate, while Morena Baccarin and James Van der Beek playing respectively the slack wife and the murderer made strong, if brief impressions too.

In the end, this was a fairly routine thriller, lacking somewhat in tension, characterisation and credibility, with more of the aspects of a TV movie than Hollywood feature. I don't think I'd pay to watch it, seeing it on the small-screen seemed about right.

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