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Adam (1983)

After their child is abducted, John and Reve Walsh are trying to find him. But, shortly after that, Adam is found dead.

Director:

Michael Tuchner

Writer:

Allan Leicht
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel J. Travanti ... John Walsh
JoBeth Williams ... Reve Walsh
Martha Scott ... Gram Walsh
Richard Masur ... Jay Howell
Paul Regina Paul Regina ... Joe Walsh
Mason Adams ... Ray Mellette
Tony Frank Tony Frank ... Lt. Richard Hynds
John M. Jackson ... Det. Jim Gibbons
Alex Harvey Alex Harvey ... Det. Jack Hoffman
John Boston John Boston ... Adam Walsh
John Edson John Edson ... Congressman Clay Shaw (as John Perry Edson Jr.)
Rick Stokes Rick Stokes ... Congressman James Sensenbrenner Jr
Robert Ginnaven Robert Ginnaven ... Det. Vincent Corrao
Robin Bradley Robin Bradley ... Julie Patz
Gary Moody Gary Moody ... Jeff
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Storyline

After their child is abducted, John and Reve Walsh are trying to find him. But, shortly after that, Adam is found dead.

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adam See more »

Filming Locations:

Galveston, Texas, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In 2008, The Hollywood Police Department closed the case of the murder of Adam Walsh, naming Ottis Elwood Toole (1947-1996) the killer of Adam Walsh. Ottis Toole was a prolific serial killer who along with his partner-in-crime Henry Lee Lucas are thought to have been responsible for dozens of murders across the United States. Ottis Toole confessed in graphic detail how he kidnapped and murdered Adam Walsh in 1983, shortly after his arrest. He then recanted and then confessed again, only later to recant once again. In 1991, after he was exposed as a vicious serial killer, Jeffery Dahmer was considered a strong suspect in the case, because in 1981 he lived in Miami Beach, Florida a short distance from the now defunct Hollywood Mall. There are also several witnesses who to this day swear they saw him at the Hollywood Mall on July 27, 1981. After a "thorough" review of the case, The HPD concluded it was Ottis Toole who was responsible. See more »

Alternate Versions

Subsequent re-runs of the movie have a different roll-call of missing children at the end. See more »

Connections

Followed by Adam: His Song Continues (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Peace Prayer
Lyrics adapted from St. Francis of Assisi
Music by John Foley, S.J.
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One of the best Made for TV movies out there
4 June 2002 | by AlohaTiggerSee all my reviews

I have seen Adam countless times (the first time when it it aired in 83, I was nine years old) I am moved everytime I see it.. its such a sad movie yet so uplifting for its strong message..The message of a father (John Walsh of America's Most Wanted, a living saint in my eyes) who after his son is brutally murdered stands up and fights the system to get rights for child victims!! John Walsh could have easily went back to his life and quietly mourned little Adam, I wonder than if anyone else would have had the guts to stand up for the children..Thank God John did.


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