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Three families experience alien abductions over a period of five decades.

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Leslie Bohem
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2002  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Dakota Fanning ...  Allie Keys 10 episodes, 2002
Matt Frewer ...  Dr. Chet Wakeman 6 episodes, 2002
Emily Bergl ...  Lisa Clarke - Adult 5 episodes, 2002
Heather Donahue ...  Mary Crawford - Adult 5 episodes, 2002
Joel Gretsch ...  Colonel Owen Crawford / ... 5 episodes, 2002
Adam Kaufman ...  Charlie Keys - Adult 5 episodes, 2002
John Hawkes ...  Marty Erickson 5 episodes, 2002
Ryan Hurst ...  Tom Clarke - Adult 5 episodes, 2002
Camille Sullivan ...  Nina Toth - Adult 5 episodes, 2002
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Storyline

Taken spans five decades and four generations, centering on three families: the Keys, Crawfords, and Clarkes. World War II veteran Russell Keys is plagued by nightmares of his abduction by aliens during the war; the Roswell incident transforms Owen Crawford from ambitious Air Force captain to evil shadow government conspirator; the unhappily married Sally Clarke is impregnated by an alien visitor. As the decades go by, the heirs of each are affected by the machinations of the aliens, culminating with the birth of Allie Keys, who is the final product of the aliens' experimentation and holds the key to their future. Written by Ronos

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3 Families. 4 Generations. 50 Years of Alien Encounters. See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Steven Spielberg Presents Taken See more »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)
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DreamWorks Television See more »
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(10 parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The character 'Allie Keys' was ranked #16 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (1 August 2004 issue). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the episode "Maintenance," during the recap, a scene between Captain Marty Erickson and the adult Eric Crawford is shown which was not shown before in the mini-series. Either it was intended to be shown after the recap during the new episode, or was a deleted scene from a previous episode. See more »

Quotes

[discussing Apollo 13]
Eric Crawford: Do you think our friends had anything to do with it?
Maj. Owen Crawford: Between their preponderancy to intervene in our affairs, and the growing incompetence of NASA, I'd choose NASA... what?
Eric Crawford: If you were still in charge of the project, you'd use this as evidence of an imminent alien threat.
Maj. Owen Crawford: Probably.
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Paul and Toronto Comic Con (2011) See more »

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Fantastic exploration of ourselves in this time.
13 December 2002 | by xflowersSee all my reviews

I've seen all but the last segment of this mini-series and think it is great. Heather Donahue wonderfully portrays the evil investigator in hot pursuit, free of any scruples. Dakota Fanning is a star as she portrays the series hero, Ally, and narrates the story. The story itself draws on the current belief in Alien abduction, but in fact the real threat of being "taken" comes more from the scientists and military investigators who doggedly pursue their prey without any regard for the humanity of those they come into contact with, including the alien hybrids. Conversely, the alien hybrids have achieved a greater humanity than most of us ever will, culminating in Ally who not only feels intense sensitivity and compassion for people but has the power to act on it in ways impossible for us. Interestly, we identify with the hybrids as the pursued and as a those beings possessing those human qualities that we would most like to possess. That is what the series intended and is similar to "AI" in that regard. The film deals with our current mythology, which like all great and timeless mythologies explores our nature through an examination of the Gods and man and their interactions. Mythology changes though as it adapts to the conflicts human beings face in a particular moment in time. Spielberg is extremely important in that he has chronicled this changing mythology and our changing sense or ourselves beginning with "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" followed by "E.T." "Taken" is far darker, but so are we. It serves the purpose of all great mythology however by providing us the opportunity of self-examination.


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