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Point Last Seen (1998)

Fact-based story about a tracker who searches for a little girl who was lost in the desert, but suffers internally because her own children were kidnapped by her ex-husband.

Director:

Elodie Keene

Writers:

Hannah Nyala (book), Ronni Kern (teleplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Linda Hamilton ... Rachel Harrison
Kevin Kilner ... Kevin Harrison
Sam Hennings ... Frank
Kieren van den Blink ... Young Rachel
Mary Kay Place ... Coreen Davis
Kory Thompson Kory Thompson ... Jon
Holly Belnap Holly Belnap ... Ruthie
Dana Reilly Dana Reilly ... Mrs. Ellis
Nicole Barrera Nicole Barrera ... Mandy Ellis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Adams ... Jason
Johann Benét Johann Benét ... Jake
Joel Cooper Joel Cooper ... Bailiff
Kara Darland Kara Darland ... Young Ruthie
Sanford Gibbons ... Sheriff Don
Greg Kean Greg Kean
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Storyline

Point Last Seen is a suspense drama inspired by actual events, in which Rachel Harrison, (played by Linda Hamilton) the head of a search-and-rescue team, works desperately to save the life of a lost child. At the same time she is struggling with the absence of her own children who have been kidnapped by her ex-husband. The only information Rachel has about the lost 9-year-old girl, is that she is wearing a size 3-1/2 tennis shoe with straight lines on the soles and a wad of gum stuck to the bottom. She tracks the girl's footprints through the hot desert sun, and becomes exhausted and dehydrated but keeps searching, determined to find the child before it is too late. Well into the search, Rachel learns that her ex-husband has been found, but her kids are not with him. She continues to look for Mandy while worrying whether or not her own children are alive. Written by Julie Chapman

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When Rachel Myles' children are abducted, the search for another missing child sends her on a journey through the past... and on the road back to hope.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'ultima traccia See more »

Filming Locations:

Apache Junction, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When Sam lands in the Sheriff's helicopter to pick up Rachel we hear the engine and rotors winding down, but as seen in the rotor's reflection in the windows, and the tail rotor visible behind Sam, they are not turning. The same happens when the helicopter is started for take-off - then engines and rotors can be heard spooling up, but the rotors are visibly not moving at all. See more »

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Rachel Harrison: The process of getting lost seems lenghty and complex on the surface but is quite often nothing of the sort. Two steps off the trail, and then two more. A wash that looks like a trail, a trail that looks like a creek bed, and you can be just as lost as if somebody had dumped you on the moon. The tracker's job is to find those first two steps. That first mistake. That first disastrous detour. That's the place the finding begins, but tracking one's life? I suppose it's the same. I suppose you ...
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Intriguing and heartfelt
24 September 2003 | by ivonySee all my reviews

I caught Point Last Seen on USA one morning and, having little else to do, decided to watch the movie. Admittedly a sucker for drama (as well as the fine performances from Linda Hamilton), I was immediately intrigued.

The story centers around Rachel Harrison (Hamilton), a tracker searching for a missing 9 year old girl lost in the desert. We soon find out there is more to the story...much more. Rachel's own children are lost - kidnapped by her abusive ex-husband, Kevin (Kilner), whose only goal in life seems to be tormenting his ex-wife and their children.

We follow Rachel as she tracks down the missing girl, but also as she struggles with her past and her present. It isn't long before we realize that after years of abuse, Rachel finally had the courage to leave with her children. Unfortunately, Kevin eventually wins out and gains custody of their kids. It is a long and painfully emotional battle for Rachel to finally get her kids...only to have him steal them from her.

Honestly, this little movie is quite amazing. Although not an action/thriller type movie, it has its moments of keeping you on the edge of your seat wondering if everything...and everyone...will be ok. Linda Hamilton, as always, does an exceptional job playing Rachel. Her voice overs give us much insight into the character she plays and the emotional beatings she, and others, put her through. Kilner is menacing as the ex-husband and plays the role all too brilliantly.

The only real drawback were the flashback scenes. Although they gave much information into the history of Rachel, the person who played the young Rachel looked nothing like her (while Kevin looks the very same). This detracted from the movie a bit, but not enough to make it unworthy of a good review.

If you can find this one, and enjoy drama (particularly family dramas), then check it out. It's worth it for a Sunday afternoon.


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