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Taken 

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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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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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Runtime:

(10 parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The series takes place from August 1944 to December 2002. See more »

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When Dr. Wakeman is describing the reports of UFO sightings, he mentions one in Zanzibar. However, the light that shows up is on Madagascar. See more »

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Dr. Chet Wakeman: I don't watch daytime TV. It weirds me out.
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References The Manchurian Candidate (1962) See more »

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Overall a very good thing. Many great sequences. Little kid Dakota Fanning was astoundingly brilliant!
14 December 2002 | by bopdogSee all my reviews

There is more than one dimension upon which "Taken" must be judged. It's a movie, a TV mini-series, a large collection of "theatrical moments," it's somewhat of a social/political commentary, it's a diary for all the old (and young) hippies, and it's a "message" flick about possible new frontiers, etc. It's all of those things at once. It performs differently on all of those dimensions.

Without boring the reader with my opinions regarding each dimension, permit me to summarize by merely saying that yes, it is great in places, it works very well in others. It is a bit "TV-y" and trite on a small few. Also, the ending smacked of a corporate-marketing mentality. It almost said, "Stay tuned for a thin and overly drawn-out clunker of a TV series and/or series of never-as-good-as-the-original and frustratingly exploitative and hideous sequels." I really hope I'm not right about that--- but sadly, I fear that I am.

Overall, though, "Taken" it is a very good thing. Watch it, dig it, enjoy it! Oh--- and what's the deal with the little girl who played Allie? Dakota Fanning was her name? Wow! She was cute and perky, all right. But dang--- she went WAY beyond cute clear through to amazing. What a major find that little actor is! Think about it--- the producers needed a kid who could embody a cosmic wisdom that transcended all the earthly adults, AND still have the "little kid" vulnerability and cuteness of a real child. Fanning was a marvel at accomplishing all of those things at once.


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