The harrowing true account of Steven Stayner, who was kidnapped by a perverted pseudo-priest and his lackey during the 1970s. As he gets older, he realizes that he needs to try to make an escape and get back home.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Cindy Pickett ...  Kay Stayner 2 episodes, 1989
John Ashton ...  Del Stayner 2 episodes, 1989
Corin Nemec ...  Dennis Parnell / ... 2 episodes, 1989
Luke Edwards ...  Steven Stayner (Age 7) 2 episodes, 1989
Pruitt Taylor Vince ...  Irving Murphy 2 episodes, 1989
Ray Walston ...  Bob Augustine 2 episodes, 1989
Gregg Henry ...  Officer Kean 2 episodes, 1989
Jim Haynie ...  Officer Scott 2 episodes, 1989
Barbara Tarbuck ...  School Counselor 2 episodes, 1989
Scott Curtis ...  Cary Stayner (Age 11) 2 episodes, 1989
Stephanie Walski Stephanie Walski ...  Cindy Stayner (Age 9) 2 episodes, 1989
Sumer Park Sumer Park ...  Jody Stayner (Age 5) 2 episodes, 1989
Cassy Friel Cassy Friel ...  Cory Stayner (Age 4) 2 episodes, 1989
Juney Ellis Juney Ellis ...  Miss Rebecca 2 episodes, 1989
Billy O'Sullivan ...  Victor (Age 7) 2 episodes, 1989
Jason Presson ...  Deke 2 episodes, 1989
Stephen Dorff ...  Pete 2 episodes, 1989
Scott Reeves ...  Bruce 2 episodes, 1989
Bryan Cranston ...  Officer Dickenson 2 episodes, 1989
Jacob Gelman ...  Timmy White 2 episodes, 1989
Dennis Fimple ...  Fred 2 episodes, 1989
Vance Valencia ...  Selfides 2 episodes, 1989
Shane McCabe Shane McCabe ...  Fat Clerk 2 episodes, 1989
Al Berry ...  Customer 2 episodes, 1989
Brenda Hillhouse Brenda Hillhouse ...  Barbara 2 episodes, 1989
Robina Suwol Robina Suwol ...  Checker 2 episodes, 1989
Kenneth Zavayna Kenneth Zavayna ...  Man 2 episodes, 1989
Lyla Graham Lyla Graham ...  Lady 2 episodes, 1989
Nell Heller Nell Heller ...  Mrs. Alpha 2 episodes, 1989
Anne Faulkner Anne Faulkner ...  Mrs. Ditschman 2 episodes, 1989
Beth Grant ...  Mrs. Beta 2 episodes, 1989
Lynnsey Ryan Lynnsey Ryan ...  Secretary 2 episodes, 1989
Kenny McMurphy Kenny McMurphy ...  Punk #1 2 episodes, 1989
Raymond Cruz ...  Punk #2 2 episodes, 1989
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ...  Punk #3 2 episodes, 1989
Allison Mack ...  Nettie 2 episodes, 1989
Anne Convery Anne Convery ...  Female Officer 2 episodes, 1989
Amy O'Neill ...  Jodie 2 episodes, 1989
Barry Corbin ...  Officer Warner 2 episodes, 1989
Peter Michael Goetz ...  Pat Hallford 2 episodes, 1989
Alan Fudge ...  Chief Johnson 2 episodes, 1989
Todd Eric Andrews Todd Eric Andrews ...  Cary Stayner (Age 18) 2 episodes, 1989
Hilary Morse Hilary Morse ...  Cindy Stayner (Age 16) 2 episodes, 1989
Shantell Stebbins Shantell Stebbins ...  Jody Stayner (Age 12) 2 episodes, 1989
Marice Leeds Marice Leeds ...  Cory Stayner (Age 11) 2 episodes, 1989
Harold Pruett Harold Pruett ...  Birch 2 episodes, 1989
Jonathan Perpich Jonathan Perpich ...  Officer Severeid 2 episodes, 1989
William Frankfather ...  Judge Sabraw 2 episodes, 1989
John Vickery ...  George McLure 2 episodes, 1989
James Ingersoll James Ingersoll ...  Joe Allen 2 episodes, 1989
John DeMita ...  Dan Smith 2 episodes, 1989
Billy Ray Sharkey Billy Ray Sharkey ...  Sheriff Suggs 2 episodes, 1989
Shannon Holt Shannon Holt ...  Angela White 2 episodes, 1989
Mark Tymchyshyn ...  Jim White 2 episodes, 1989
Michael Chieffo ...  Don 2 episodes, 1989
Whitney Rydbeck ...  Mr. Craft 2 episodes, 1989
Natividad Vacío ...  Vicente 2 episodes, 1989
Pamela McMyler ...  Rosanna 2 episodes, 1989
Ron Tank Ron Tank ...  TV Journalist 2 episodes, 1989
Andrew Amador ...  TV Reporter 2 episodes, 1989
Jeremy McCollum Jeremy McCollum ...  Kleekie 2 episodes, 1989
David Glasser ...  Boots 2 episodes, 1989
Robert Balderson Robert Balderson ...  P.E. Teacher 2 episodes, 1989
Mars Callahan ...  Victor (Age 14) 2 episodes, 1989
Wendy Gordon Wendy Gordon ...  TV Newscaster 2 episodes, 1989
Darcy DeMoss ...  Debbie 2 episodes, 1989
Dave Adams ...  Cashier 2 episodes, 1989
Annie O'Donnell ...  Official 2 episodes, 1989
Dan Kelpine Dan Kelpine ...  Court Officer 2 episodes, 1989
Tiiu Leek ...  Reporter #1 2 episodes, 1989
Kim Maxwell Kim Maxwell ...  Reporter #3 2 episodes, 1989
Jeff Olson Jeff Olson ...  Reporter #4 2 episodes, 1989
Frederic Forrest ...  Kenneth Parnell 2 episodes, 1989
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Storyline

7-year old Steven Stayner is kidnapped a few days before Christmas by Kenneth Parnell. Under the belief that Parnell has been given legal custody of him, and that his family has moved away, he stays with Parnell for seven years, enduring repetitive sexual abuse the entire time. Finally, at fourteen, he returns home to his family. Written by Liz Jordan <c9310494@alinga.newcastle.edu.au>

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Based on the true story of a child's courage and survival. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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The actual Steven Stayner has a small role as one of the officers present in the scene where the character of Steven leaves his kidnapper and returns to his family. See more »

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Kenneth Parnell: [after striking Steven across the face] Coulda been a ballbat!
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Depressing and sad but true.
19 November 2004 | by OliverGbyrneSee all my reviews

What an incredible TV movie,it left me speechless and disturbed for days. Corin Nemek was amazing and very real as Steven,I have seen many of his film and was a Parker Lewis fan when I was little but this was one was his best performance. I think it's very hard to give this film a critic because I don't think this film was made to entertain us ,it was made to educate us on the subject of Child abduction,I don't know about you but as soon as I have kids,the first thing I'll teach them is "NEVER talk to strangers" Parnell is the devil impersonated , how can you take a sweet little boy and strip him of his innocence? I hope he wont get away with it this time(He has been locked up again last year). That scene(The most disturbing scene in the movie if you ask me) were you see Steven at age 9 , smoking a cigarette while watching TV made me very sad because you just knew that it wasn't the same boy,all his childhood was destroyed and he was a child no more.

People need to see this movie,it's an important life lesson.

God bless the late Steven Stayner.


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22 May 1989 (USA) See more »

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