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

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

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...  Allie Keys 10 episodes, 2002
...  Dr. Chet Wakeman 6 episodes, 2002
...  Lisa Clarke - Adult 5 episodes, 2002
...  Mary Crawford - Adult 5 episodes, 2002
...  Colonel Owen Crawford / ... 5 episodes, 2002
...  Charlie Keys - Adult 5 episodes, 2002
...  Marty Erickson 5 episodes, 2002
...  Tom Clarke - Adult 5 episodes, 2002
...  Nina Toth - Adult 5 episodes, 2002
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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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Some secrets we keep. Some are kept from us. See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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2 December 2002 (USA)  »

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Steven Spielberg Presents Taken  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)
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The WW2 bombing sequence in episode one was created using NewTek's "Lightwave 3D". The image of Germany was actually a spy photo taken from WW2. See more »

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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 »

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Allison Clarke: People talk a lot as if the most important thing in life is to always see things for what they really are. But everything we do, every plan we make, is kind of a lie. We're closing our eyes and pretending that the day won't ever come when we won't need to make any more plans. Hope is the biggest lie there is, and it is the best. We have to keep going as if it all mattered, or else we wouldn't keep going at all.
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Referenced in UFOs: Chariots of the Beast (2011) See more »

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Fantastic exploration of ourselves in this time.
13 December 2002 | by See 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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