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Without a Trace (1983)

This film, centering on a child's abduction, casts Kate Nelligan as the distraught mother who lashes out at the police (in the person of a relentless detective played by Judd Hirsch), who ... See full summary »

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Stanley R. Jaffe

Writers:

Beth Gutcheon (screenplay), Beth Gutcheon (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Nelligan ... Susan Selky
Judd Hirsch ... Al Menetti
David Dukes ... Graham Selky
Stockard Channing ... Jocelyn Norris
Jacqueline Brookes ... Margaret Mayo
Keith McDermott ... Philippe
Kathleen Widdoes Kathleen Widdoes ... Ms. Hauser
Danny Corkill ... Alex Selky (as Daniel Bryan Corkill)
Cheryl Giannini Cheryl Giannini ... Pat Menetti
David Simon David Simon ... Eugene Menetti
William Duell William Duell ... Polygraph operator
Joan McMonagle Joan McMonagle ... Vivienne Grant
Louise Stubbs Louise Stubbs ... Malvina Robbins
Deborah Carlson Deborah Carlson ... Naomi Blum
Charles Brown Charles Brown ... Sachs
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Storyline

This film, centering on a child's abduction, casts Kate Nelligan as the distraught mother who lashes out at the police (in the person of a relentless detective played by Judd Hirsch), who treat her and her husband as suspects, even as she hounds them to find her child and drives away her husband (David Dukes) and friends (including Stockard Channing) with her intensity and single-mindedness. Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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One morning, Alex Selky got dressed, waved goodbye to his mother, set off for school and disappeared.

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Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Still Missing See more »

Filming Locations:

Harrison, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's closing credits state: "The producers wish to thank the New York City Film Commission and the New York City Police Force for their cooperation in the making of this film." See more »

Goofs

The tea kettle that Susan Selky uses while waiting for Alex to come home is not a whistling type. There is no whistle attachment as she poured the water without removing anything from the spout. Whistling was only a sound effect. See more »

Quotes

[Menetti knocks on the door a number of times and Alex answers it]
Al Menetti: Alex? Alexander Selky? I'm Detective Menetti. I'm a friend of your mommy's. We've been looking for you for a long time. We're going to take you home now.
Anna: Alex, who is it? Alex, go turn off the TV.
Al Menetti: Wait a minute. Alex, just come with us. Take him, please.
Detective Bailey: I'm Detective Bailey of the Bridgeport Police Department. Anna Abel, you're under arrest for the kidnapping of Alexander Selky.
Anna: Hank!
Al Menetti: Who's Hank?
Anna: My brother.
Al Menetti: Where is he?
Anna: He ...
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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

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A real tear jerker of a movie
27 May 2003 | by westsidedude2001See all my reviews

I can't believe that a movie could cause such an emotional upheaval in my body. I cried because the character development between the boy and his mother was very good. Judd Hirsch did a great job as the detective willing to go out on a limb for the mother. This was a good movie back in 1983 and still a good video to watch.


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