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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.


Joseph Ruben


Gerald Di Pego
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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


In New York, Telly Paretta has been under the psychiatric care of A doctor for months, the therapy to help her deal with the grief associated with losing her nine year old son, Sam, one of 6 children in a plane which disappeared, Slowly, incidents make it seem like Telly is losing her grip on the past, until one day all physical evidence of Sam ever existing disappears.. her husband, Jim and Dr. Munce try to explain to her that her therapy is to help her get over the delusion that she /had a son. As Telly alone goes on a search for evidence to prove the existence of Sam, the only person she is eventually able to convince is Ash Correll, an ex-Hockey player whose daughter was also one of the missing children. One other person they're able to convince of there ever having been a Sam and Lauren is NYC cop, Ann Pope. Pope believes that 2 people having the same delusion is not a coincidence, Pope has to figure who she can or can't trust in the matter in uncovering the truth. Written by Huggo

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On September 24th, you will be forgotten. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Misteriosa obsesión See more »


Box Office


$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:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


The address for the house on Long Island that is given is only the street address and "Long Island." In actuality, Long Island is made up of many smaller towns and different counties. There should have been the name of a certain town included in the address, otherwise the house could have been located anywhere on the whole island. See more »


[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 »


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Supernatural beings against a grieving parents : Julianne Moore and Dominic West
30 November 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film talks about a mother named Telly(Julianne Moore),she's to the edge of breakdown but is affected by the loss her nine years old son.She's advised by her psychiatrist(Gary Sinese) and her husband(Anthony Edwards) and known people say her that her memories are falsified but her son was born dead .She finds another grieving father(Dominic West) with wrong thoughts and also broken for death his daughter who is having the same experience and he teams up with her.Both join forces to resolve the strange enigma.They are chased by the NSA(national Security Agency)agents,police official(Alfre Woodward)and weirdo men(Linus Roache).Mysterious events are happening when the strange forces seem to be attempting the recollections about the children and their death for a plane crash to be forgotten.

The picture displays tension,mystery,thriller,fantasy and some pursuits. Although the film is entertaining and intriguing the final conclusion is a little ¨dejavu¨and the plot has holes such as a Swiss cheese but thanks to the suspense and a magnificent casting it manages to be at least an enjoyable mystery movie.The message film can to be that the faith moves mountains.The picture contains an excellent special effects when the fantastic forces intervene, courtesy of Digital Backlot Studio (which also made Master and Commander,Sky Captain and world of tomorrow and Fast and Furious 2).Colorful and atmospheric cinematography by Anastas Nichos.Suspenseful and sensational music by the master James Horner.The motion picture is finely directed by Joseph Ruben(Money train,The good son,Stepfather,Dream scape). The picture will like to Julianne Moore fans and mysteries enthusiastic.

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