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Stolen (2009)

Stolen Lives (original title)
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A detective deals with the loss of his own son while trying to uncover the identity of a boy whose mummified remains are found in a box buried for fifty years.

Director:

Anders Anderson

Writer:

Glenn Taranto

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hamm ... Tom Adkins Sr.
Josh Lucas ... Matthew Wakefield
Rhona Mitra ... Barbara
James Van Der Beek ... Diploma / Rogianni
Jessica Chastain ... Sally Ann
Joanna Cassidy ... Lea Adkins
Jimmy Bennett ... John Wakefield
Morena Baccarin ... Rose Montgomery
Michael Cudlitz ... Jonas
Andy Milder ... William Daniels
Holt McCallany ... Swede
Jude Ciccolella ... Police Chief
Rick Gomez ... Officer JJ
Marcus Thomas ... Pete Dunne
Graham Phillips ... Mark Wakefield
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Storyline

A detective deals with the loss of his own son while trying to uncover the identity of a boy whose mummified remains are found in a box buried for fifty years.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Secrets from the past don't stay buried.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boy in the Box See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,391, 19 March 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,306, 4 April 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Matthew Wakefield character was written with Gary Sinise in mind. See more »

Goofs

In the 1958 scenes, the box is shown variously as painted and unpainted. In a time-lapse scene, we see the box age from unpainted raw wood to dark and moldy, but when it is being buried, it is already dark. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tom Adkins Sr.: He has his mother's eyes. Her hair. My face, my laugh. First time I held him I knew he was my son. The best of me and his mother. I can still see his eyes light up watching those fireworks. I gave him everything a father can give a son. And now with all this searching, being a cop, being a father, I still can't find my boy.
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References Ace of Aces (1933) See more »

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A hidden gem of a film
12 June 2012 | by MattyGibbsSee all my reviews

I had never heard of this film before chancing upon it recently. The premise sounded OK so I decided to watch it expecting something very much run of the mill.

The film centres on a policeman's (Jon Hamm) search to uncover the truth behind the discovery of a 50 year old corpse of a child. It also interweaves the story of a young man (Josh Lucas) and his 3 sons as he struggles to support his family in 1950's America. The 1950's storyline in particular is dealt with extremely well but both story lines link well together throughout the movie.

I have never seen anything of Hamm's previous work and only Posieden of Lucas but was impressed by both actors who conveyed the sense of loss of a child impressively throughout. Lucas in particular was I thought outstanding. The children in the film were also impressive especially Jimmy Bennett. The rest of the cast had less to work with and the characters weren't fully fleshed out but this was probably due to the relatively short running period of the film.

Once it hits its stride (fairly early on) this film never lets go. I found it quite moving and disturbing at the same time and for viewers with children this film will hit home in particular.

Whilst it does have a few flaws, for a relatively low budget film this is extremely impressive.


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