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The Elizabeth Smart Story (2003)

TV-PG | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 9 November 2003
Based on the true story of the June 2002 kidnapping of teenager Elizabeth Smart by two people in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Director:

Bobby Roth

Writer:

Nancey Silvers
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dylan Baker ... Ed Smart
Lindsay Frost ... Lois Smart
Amber Marshall ... Elizabeth Smart
Tom Everett ... Emmanuel
Hannah Lochner ... Mary Katherine Smart
Tyler Kyte ... Charles Smart
Jacob Kraemer ... Andrew Smart
Luke MacInnis Luke MacInnis ... William Smart
Hollis McLaren ... Wanda Barzee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kevin Curran Kevin Curran ... Police Officer on Street #1
Craig Eldridge Craig Eldridge ... Det. Patrick Coleman
Travis Ferris Travis Ferris ... Volunteer at Desk
Barry Flatman ... Marc Klaas
Bruce Gooch Bruce Gooch ... John Walsh
Barbara Gordon Barbara Gordon ... Jenny Francom
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Storyline

Upstanding citizen Ed Smart lives happily with his wife and five children in Salt Lake City until youngest daughter Mary Katherine is the traumatized sole witness to the kidnapping from their home of her sister Elizabeth. After treating Ed and his eldest son Charles as prime suspects for statistics' sake, undermining initially wide community support, they concentrate on jailed pedophile Richard Ricci. For months the investigation goes nowhere, even after it becomes clear that Ricci is innocent. The lunatic kidnapper, homeless handyman turned mini-sect prophet 'Emmanuel', and his blindly-devoted wife meanwhile attempt to indoctrinate 'adopted, chosen' Elizabeth, but fate and his alcohol demon lead to his capture. Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

The High Profile Abduction and Miraculous Return.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

CBS

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Elizabeth Smart Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The attempted kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart's cousin was in fact neither a coincidence nor a practical joke. Though unexplained in the film, Elizabeth often talked about her close relationship with her cousin, Olivia Wright, to her captors, inadvertently telling them where she lived and that she was close to her in age. Brian Mitchell, as part of his plan to take multiple wives, decided that Olivia would be his next victim, but the kidnapping attempt was unsuccessful when the family was awakened by the noise, causing Mitchell to flee the scene. Mitchell later unsuccessfully attempted to kidnap another girl while in San Diego. See more »

Goofs

When Elizabeth is shown playing the harp it is very obvious that she isn't actually playing, as the movements of her fingers do not match the soundtrack. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth Smart: [as Emmanuel wakes her up in the middle of the night] Who are you? What are you doing here?
Emmanuel: Come with me or I will kill you and your family.
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Connections

References Larry King Live (1985) See more »

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I was truely amazed
20 November 2003 | by Katie_B88See all my reviews

This was one really good movie to put it simply. It is about the whole Elizabeth Smart story from when she was kidnapped to when she was rescued. The portrayal of the characters was really good. I liked how they showed Elizabeth with Brian David Mitchell and his wife Wanda with good detail yet still keeping it as a reasonable level. This was a really good movie and I am so glad I taped it. I have had people borrow it from me and I have received nothing but good thoughts about it. A really well made movie.


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