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The Forgotten (2004)

After being told that their children never existed, a man and woman soon discover there is a much bigger enemy at work.

Director:

Joseph Ruben

Writer:

Gerald Di Pego

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Moore ... Telly
Christopher Kovaleski Christopher Kovaleski ... Sam
Matthew Pleszewicz Matthew Pleszewicz ... Sam at 5
Anthony Edwards ... Jim
Jessica Hecht ... Eliot
Linus Roache ... A Friendly Man
Gary Sinise ... Dr. Jack Munce
Dominic West ... Ash
Katie Cooper Katie Cooper ... Library Clerk
Scott Nicholson ... Cop
P.J. Morrison P.J. Morrison ... Cop (as PJ Morrison)
Robert Wisdom ... Carl Dayton
Tim Kang ... Agent Alec Wong
Kathryn Faughnan Kathryn Faughnan ... Lauren
Alfre Woodard ... Anne Pope
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Storyline

In New York City, Telly Paretta has been under the psychiatric care of Dr. Jack Munce for fourteen months, the therapy to help her deal with the grief associated with losing her nine year old son, Sam Paretta, one of six children in a plane that went missing, the plane and the bodies never recovered. In the words of Telly's husband, Jim Paretta, Telly has been holding onto the past like a "death grip", which has hindered her therapy. Telly does not appreciate that characterization as it makes it sound like Dr. Munce and Jim want her to forget Sam. Slowly, incidents make it seem like Telly is losing that grip on the past, until one day all physical evidence of Sam disappears, personal as well as public, such as all media stories of the plane disappearance. Subsequently, Jim and Dr. Munce try to explain to her that her therapy is to help her get over the delusion that she and Jim have/had a son. As Telly alone goes on a search for any evidence of the existence of Sam, the only person ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, some violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Sony

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Misteriosa obsesión See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,022,111, 26 September 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,133,509, 31 December 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$117,592,831
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the NSA agents' name is Al Petalis. Petalis is Latin for petal (as in flower petal). Rose petals are traditionally a symbol for love and devotion and can also be a symbol of motherhood -- the two main themes of the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Ash is going through the bag of snacks in the motel, the container of Lays Stacks is lying down on the counter. In the next shot it's standing upright. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Jack Munce: How much time did you spend at the dresser compared to last week?
Telly Paretta: Less.
Dr. Jack Munce: How much less?
Telly Paretta: I don't know exactly.
Dr. Jack Munce: You wanna make a guess, roughly, for the week?
Telly Paretta: Oh, not even an hour a day.
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Alternate Versions

(Jan 2009) The network cable versions have changed the plot by removing all mention of the children being involved in a plane crash. Instead, the "died" in a bus crash. The word "bus" is dubbed in throughout. Newspaper articles are edited to reflect this. Also, the company "Quest Airline" is edited in dialog and on screen as simply "Quest". See more »

Connections

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Neither nowt nor summat
13 July 2007 | by neil-476See all my reviews

This film badly needed to make up its mind what it was - an urban paranoia thriller, with Mrs Joe Public up against the combined might of the establishment machine, or an alien abduction sci-fi thriller. By greedily going for the have-your-cake-and-eat-it plan of trying it be both at once, it spectacularly failed to be either, and fell comprehensively between two stools.

The urban paranoia aspect, which was smouldering away quite nicely, had a bucket of water thrown over it as soon as the alien connection put in an appearance.

The sci-fi aspect - neat sequence where the lady detective was snatched into the sky - was never fully developed.

So many plot holes. So little explanation - and by gum, some explanation was needed (but not forthcoming) by the time it was over.

Disappointing drivel.


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