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When Andrew Came Home (2000)

A woman is reunited with her kidnapped son after five years, but sadly she finds out that he has a near-infantile mindset and apparent mental problems. Will she give up on Andrew, or try to help him work through the abuse he suffered?

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A mother searches for five years to find her kidnapped son in this fact-based drama. Unexpectedly the boy is found, but the reunion is not as she hoped. She now has to deal with five years of abuse that the boy suffered at the hands of his kidnappers. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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After an abduction of five years, a mother must fight for the love of her son...before she loses him forever. See more »

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Jake Goldsbie, who plays Carl Rudnick, is on the Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001), where he is no longer the bully, but is bullied. Katie Lai, the girl who stood up for Andrew, is also on the show and plays Toby's (Jake's character) girlfriend, Kendra, on the show. See more »

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Andrew: [tells Gail about his revelations after the kidnapping, sobs] We never stayed at the same place for long. We always moved around, mostly motels. The last place we lived - the one we stayed the longest - was a trailer. He wouldn't let me go outside during the day; I just stayed in the room watching TV. I didn't go to school, I didn't know any kids my age. There was just daddy, her, and me. Pattie, she - she hit me. He locked me in the closet. At night, they would put me outside on a long leash. I...
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When Andrew Came Home-Well Worth Waiting For ****
17 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

Marvelous true-story about a child taken by his father to get revenge on his ex-wife. It's the story of an adorable child who is brought back 5 years later as not only older but severely socially and mentally maladjusted from this horrible experience.

The film deals with the attempts by his mother and stepfather to bring the child back to the normal world. What a rocky road they had before them. The child no longer spoke to them, accidentally sets fire to their house and there may be possible jealousy brewing with the baby brother who has been born in the interim.

We have a fine acting performance by Park Overall as the distraught mother.

Even though she rejects the idea of sending the boy to a school for troubled children, she was really looking for trouble in sending the child to a regular school. Obviously, he was way behind academically and socially. She finally takes him out and home schools him.

After a bitter outburst by the child when he hears what his mother says, he finally talks and tells her of the abuse he had gone through.

This because also deals with the bureaucratic red tape that the mother had to endure when she filed a missing person's report.

This is a movie of rare quality that should not be missed for its psychological, sociological, and psychiatric implications.


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