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Trapped (2002)

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The Jennings' fight for their daughters life after she is kidnapped by an experienced gang of thieves.


Luis Mandoki


Greg Iles (novel), Greg Iles (screenplay)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlize Theron ... Karen
Courtney Love ... Cheryl
Stuart Townsend ... Will
Kevin Bacon ... Hickey
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Marvin
Dakota Fanning ... Abby Jennings
Steve Rankin ... Hank Ferris
Garry Chalk ... Agent Chalmers
Jodie Markell ... Mary McDill
Matt Koby Matt Koby ... Peter McDill
Gerry Becker ... Dr. Stein
Andrew Airlie ... Holden
Randi Lynne ... Hotel Operator
Colleen Camp ... Joan Evans
J.B. Bivens ... Gray Davidson


When their daughter is abducted and taken for ransom by a gang of serial kidnappers, a young doctor and his wife find themselves held hostage while a 24-hour plan to extort their money is set into motion. Now, with time running out and the health of their asthmatic daughter at serious risk, they find themselves in a life-and-death race against the clock as the "perfect crime" begins spiraling towards an unthinkable, terrifying and deadly conclusion.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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USA | Germany



Release Date:

20 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

24 Hours See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,210,765, 22 September 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$62,536, 27 March 2016
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS


Color | Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally, the film was meant to take place in the south, but because of filming locations, it was changed to Seattle. See more »


Joe slaps Karen across her left cheek while driving. Moments later he is seen holding her right cheek. See more »


Hickey: A kid can stand anything for 24 hours. I had to stand alot worse for years.
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Closing dedication: In loving memory of an invaluable colleague and friend Piotr Sobocinski See more »


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why must people in movies always act stupid when someone kidnapps their child
26 July 2003 | by MLDinTNSee all my reviews

A trio of kidnappers pick the wrong couple to mess with. One of the kidnappers takes the kid, another, Courtney Love, stays with the dad, while the other, Kevin Bacon, watches the mom. Of course they tell the parents just to go along and it will all be over with in 24 hours. So of course, the mom, Charlize Theron, doesn't do what she's told, putting her daughter in more danger. Some of the scenes between the kidnappers and the parents are pretty good. This isn't a boring movie. So, things eventually go wrong and the kidnappers start changing their plans. And eventually, the dad, Stuart Townsend, gets Courtney Love to tell him where the kid is. She does because she believes her partner plans to kill the child any ways.

So, we get a few good chase scenes involving a plane and the interstate. My big complaint is the dad decides to land his plane on the road, not seeming to care how many people he might kill from causing car wrecks. Well, there are a bunch of wrecks, but apparently no one gets killed. But, that was just too out of character since he is supposed to be a doctor and all. The ending also fails any a way because it reverts to the old, the bad guy must be killed "multiple times" to actually die.

FINAL VERDICT: It is semi-entertaining. And Kevin Bacon does make a good bad guy. It's worth watching if you see it on cable some night.

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