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I Know My First Name Is Steven 

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:
...  Kay Stayner 2 episodes, 1989
...  Del Stayner 2 episodes, 1989
...  Dennis Parnell / ... 2 episodes, 1989
...  Steven Stayner (Age 7) 2 episodes, 1989
...  Irving Murphy 2 episodes, 1989
...  Bob Augustine 2 episodes, 1989
...  Officer Kean 2 episodes, 1989
...  Officer Scott 2 episodes, 1989
...  School Counselor 2 episodes, 1989
...  Cary Stayner (Age 11) 2 episodes, 1989
Stephanie Walski ...  Cindy Stayner (Age 9) 2 episodes, 1989
Sumer Stamper ...  Jody Stayner (Age 5) 2 episodes, 1989
Cassy Friel ...  Cory Stayner (Age 4) 2 episodes, 1989
Juney Ellis ...  Miss Rebecca 2 episodes, 1989
...  Victor (Age 7) 2 episodes, 1989
...  Deke 2 episodes, 1989
...  Pete 2 episodes, 1989
...  Bruce 2 episodes, 1989
...  Officer Dickenson 2 episodes, 1989
...  Timmy White 2 episodes, 1989
...  Fred 2 episodes, 1989
...  Selfides 2 episodes, 1989
Shane McCabe ...  Fat Clerk 2 episodes, 1989
...  Customer 2 episodes, 1989
Brenda Hillhouse ...  Barbara 2 episodes, 1989
Robina Suwol ...  Checker 2 episodes, 1989
Kenneth Zavayna ...  Man 2 episodes, 1989
Lyla Graham ...  Lady 2 episodes, 1989
Nell Heller ...  Mrs. Alpha 2 episodes, 1989
Anne Faulkner ...  Mrs. Ditschman 2 episodes, 1989
...  Mrs. Beta 2 episodes, 1989
Lynnsey Ryan ...  Secretary 2 episodes, 1989
Kenny McMurphy ...  Punk #1 2 episodes, 1989
...  Punk #2 2 episodes, 1989
Karl Wiedergott ...  Punk #3 2 episodes, 1989
...  Nettie 2 episodes, 1989
Anne Convery ...  Female Officer 2 episodes, 1989
...  Jodie 2 episodes, 1989
...  Officer Warner 2 episodes, 1989
...  Pat Hallford 2 episodes, 1989
...  Chief Johnson 2 episodes, 1989
Todd Eric Andrews ...  Cary Stayner (Age 18) 2 episodes, 1989
Hilary Morse ...  Cindy Stayner (Age 16) 2 episodes, 1989
Shantell Stebbins ...  Jody Stayner (Age 12) 2 episodes, 1989
Marice Leeds ...  Cory Stayner (Age 11) 2 episodes, 1989
Harold Pruett ...  Birch 2 episodes, 1989
Jonathan Perpich ...  Officer Severeid 2 episodes, 1989
...  Judge Sabraw 2 episodes, 1989
...  George McLure 2 episodes, 1989
James Ingersoll ...  Joe Allen 2 episodes, 1989
...  Dan Smith 2 episodes, 1989
Billy Ray Sharkey ...  Sheriff Suggs 2 episodes, 1989
Shannon Holt ...  Angela White 2 episodes, 1989
...  Jim White 2 episodes, 1989
...  Don 2 episodes, 1989
Whitney Rydbeck ...  Mr. Craft 2 episodes, 1989
Natividad Vacío ...  Vicente 2 episodes, 1989
...  Rosanna 2 episodes, 1989
Ron Tank ...  TV Journalist 2 episodes, 1989
...  TV Reporter 2 episodes, 1989
Jeremy McCollum ...  Kleekie 2 episodes, 1989
...  Boots 2 episodes, 1989
Robert Balderson ...  P.E. Teacher 2 episodes, 1989
...  Victor (Age 14) 2 episodes, 1989
Wendy Gordon ...  TV Newscaster 2 episodes, 1989
...  Debbie 2 episodes, 1989
...  Cashier 2 episodes, 1989
...  Official 2 episodes, 1989
Dan Kelpine ...  Court Officer 2 episodes, 1989
...  Reporter #1 2 episodes, 1989
Kim Maxwell ...  Reporter #3 2 episodes, 1989
...  Reporter #4 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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This film features Corin Nemec in the titular role and Ray Walston. The two would go on to work together, first in Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Parker Lewis Can't Win (1991) and again when Nemec played Harold Lauder and Walston played Glen Bateman in the television adaptation of the novel The Stand (1994) by Stephen King. See more »

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Timmy White: Good night Dennis.
Steven Gregory Stayner: Steve.
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I cried my eyes out!!!
29 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this movie around 1994. At the time, my sons were ages 6,5, and 3. It was a holiday and my husband took all three boys out of town to visit his mother. So all alone I pulled up a chair in front of the television and became completely engrossed in this movie. I sat there in my chair and absolutely cried so much my face was swolen afterwards.It is now 2002 and I have seen that movie at least 9 times. Throughout the years, I have taught all three of my boys to never to go with strangers, they know their address, and phone number. A few years after this movie, I was reminding my oldest son about what to do if a stranger approached. He angrily said " I know ! I know !" Because I had told him repeatedly what to do after watching that movie. So I grabbed his shoulders and replied " GOOD, then you will know what to do if it happens to you!" I truly felt that if I ever would meet Kenneth Parnell that I would want to kill him. I want to assure you that I would never do anything like that, but the anger that I felt towards him was justified at the time. How can this kind of thing happen? It is now 2002 and Steven Stayner is still in my thoughts. I think every parent should see this movie and cry their hearts out and feel the pain that Dell and his wife went through. I know not to give away the ending of the movie, but I want to say that I was relieved when I heard what happened to Steven. I knew then that he would never have to suffer any longer. In closing, I want to say, peace to you Steven,your wife, children and family. I also want to say that the casting of the movie was perfect. LOVE MELZ


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