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Vanished Without a Trace (1999)

A woman (Long) simply refuses to accept the kidnapping of her 13 year old daughter (Berman) and relentlessly pursues the villain's capture.


Douglas Barr


Toni Perling (teleplay), Samantha Shad (teleplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shelley Long ... Elizabeth Porterson
William R. Moses ... Jack Porterson
Jennifer Jostyn ... Karen
Joshua Peace ... Scott
Nigel Bennett ... Davis
Jim Codrington
Julie Berman ... Cathy Porterson (as Julie Marie Berman)
Daniel Magder ... Daniel Porterson
Kristin Fairlie ... Sarah
Michael Seater ... J. J. Porterson
John Ralston ... Neil Farley
Beverlee Buzon Beverlee Buzon ... Tiffany
Anna Ferguson ... Mrs. Lewis
Bruce Beaton ... Bobby Lewis
Irene Pauzer Irene Pauzer ... Mrs. George


When 13-year old Cathy disappears, her parents Elisabeth and Jack Porterson, who have two younger sons, Daniel and J.J. who no longer feel safe and protected, mobilize help for the search, and keep going even after the police decides it's no longer worth the resources. In time Jack loses hope and faith in his marriage as Elisabeth focuses exclusively on the search. Just when even Elisabeth's confidence is no longer unshakable, they find the corpse in one of the last places on their map. The police isn't too eager to look for the killer, but she proves just as tenacious there, concentrating on a neighbor... Written by KGF Vissers

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Biography | Drama


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Did You Know?


Michael Seater (J.J. Porterson) and Daniel Magder (Daniel Porterson) would later play another pair of brothers, Derek and Edwin Venturi, in Life with Derek (2005). See more »


Elizabeth Porterson: Just a minute young lady.
[she gives Cathy a box of new shoes]
Cathy Porterson: Wow! Way cool!
Jack Porterson: Great, reward her for starting a fight.
Elizabeth Porterson: Oh, ease up, Jack, their from me and your father for the game.
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18 August 1999 | by Steve-548See all my reviews

The movie was well done. I was especially impressed with the little boy Daniel Magder who played the youngest child. He showed a lot of emotion and poise. The story line seemed a little suspect. Many of the low lives, seemed to be living in a fairly classy area.

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Release Date:

1 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desaparecida sin rastro See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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NBC Studios See more »
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1.33 : 1
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