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Without a Trace (1983)
Just terrific - one of the best most emotionally moving movies ever made
I know I'm stepping out of line a little giving it a "10", but that is just what I feel it deserves. This movie became known to me on a cable channel back soon after its release in the 80's. I was incredibly moved by it and the unforgettable ending described so beautifully in other reviews here - I just knew this would always be a favorite movie of mine and one that I have shared with so many people over the years. I'm about to order the DVD, but have had the VHS for decades. If you like being emotionally moved from agony to ecstasy you'll enjoy this film. Just that simple. If emotions turn you off or you're more action oriented - rent Star Trek or any of the other action flicks. Excellent acting by Nelligan above all others, but dutiful performances by the other actors including the incredible little boy. Nelligan truly deserved the academy award and I don't know who rec'd it in 1983 if not Meryl Streep, but Kate surely should have won. Meryl has never moved me to this extent. And the ending is just as it should be - a pure work of art in its conception and exposition, from everyone concerned but in particular the director who must have envisioned this to begin. One imagines this scene may well have inspired the making of the film originally. I'm saddened to read that he only directed this film but is a famous producer. He certainly needs to make more if he's still with us. And where is Kate these days? She isn't so old compared to other actresses. I'd still enjoy seeing her.