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The Lost Child (2000)

An adopted woman tries to track down her family and ends up discovering that she was stolen from her birth mother on a reservation when she was just a little girl.

Director:

Karen Arthur

Writers:

Yvette Melanson (book), Claire Safran (book) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Mercedes Ruehl ... Rebecca
Cristine Rose ... Elaine
Jamey Sheridan ... Jack
Irene Bedard ... Grace
Dinah Manoff ... Helen
Tantoo Cardinal ... Aunt Mary
Julia McIlvaine ... Caroline
Ned Romero ... Yazzi Monroe
Michael Greyeyes ... Eddie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Begay Ed Begay ... Man #2
Maynard Bell Maynard Bell ... Rabbi (as Rabbi Maynard Bell)
Ash Burritt Ash Burritt ... Rebecca at 13 Years (as Ashley Burritt)
Kathrine Crookedhorn Kathrine Crookedhorn ... Woman #3
Shane Dean Shane Dean ... Train Station Man / Office Worker
Tony Devon ... Fender
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A story about Rebecca, a woman who goes in search of her natural parents and in the process finds her long lost family and her rich cultural heritage. Her adoption was never kept a secret from her while she grew up in a loving adoptive family. But her circumstances are drastically changed when her adoptive mother passes away and her father's new wife shows no interest in his child. Then, years later, after her father dies, Rebecca decides to try to find the family her dad had described to her. In response to her search, she is contacted by a woman on a Navajo reservation who is looking for her twin siblings who were stolen from their mother soon after they were born. The women soon realize that they are sisters and Rebecca is welcomed with open arms on a visit to the reservation. But when her husband, Jack, comes to see them, the differences between the two cultures rise to the surface, and Rebecca must integrate the old and the new so that her whole family can be together happily. Written by Muse

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A woman's quest for her missing past is about to lead her to an amazing discovery.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG
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Hallmark's "It" Movie of 2000
6 September 2001 | by james_berghSee all my reviews

"The Lost Child" is the story of Rebecca, a woman who is looking for her birth family. She posts inquiries (sp) over the Internet, and finally gets a response from a Navajo woman named Grace, who turns out to be her sister.

Rebecca goes out to visit the family, and meets her father, Yazzi Monroe, as well as Grace and her other sisters, and her extended family. From there, she gets pulled into the culture. Her husband and two daughters, however, are not fond of rez life, but they go anyway.

I videotaped this movie the night it aired on television, and watched it several times. Keep your eyes open for the beautiful Irene Bedard ("Smoke Signals") as Grace, and Mercedes Ruehl ("Frasier") as Rebecca. The scenery is beautiful, as well.

But, one thing is the problem, and that is on this message board. I don't know what all the fuss is about this being unrealistic?

I can understand the question of why Rebecca doesn't continue to search for her long-lost twin, but you have to understand that she was excited about meeting her birth father, and birth sisters. For what we know, she may have looked into the matter afterwards.

And as for no one wanting to move to the reservation, I can say that I would in a second. Whenever I go to the rez to visit family, I get a strange, yet good, feeling, something I would never feel in my native Pennsylvania. Heck, in a years time, I'll be living the good life on the rez, without any regrets.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Lost Child (#50.1) See more »

Filming Locations:

Navajo Nation, Arizona, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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