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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.

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Secrets from the past don't stay buried.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stolen 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

Screenwriter Glenn Taranto wrote his first draft of the screenplay, originally titled "The Boy in the Box", in six days over a two week period. He was inspired by the famous unsolved case of "America's Unknown Child" aka The Boy In The Box. Working backwards Glenn created an original scenario detailing how such an unsolved crime might have occurred. Should anyone have any information regarding the real "Boy In The Box" case they are encouraged to contact the Philadelphia, PA Police Department. See more »

Goofs

We see the box being buried in concrete, yet when the box is being dug up it is just buried under earth. 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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Connections

References Ace of Aces (1933) See more »

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Underrated crime drama which is ultimately cathartic
14 May 2012 | by perkypopsSee all my reviews

Perhaps the most daunting prospect for anyone wanting to watch this film is not piecing together the identification of a serial killer, it is watching the unraveling of the police detective and his marriage as the loss of his son, grabbed whilst momentarily out of sight, taunts him even eight years after it happened. This film does not let go of the torture this father endures as he tries to piece together all the similarities between his loss and that of a previous child whose body has been discovered. We observe how his wife comes slowly to terms with the fact her son may be dead, but he cannot let go.

The story is never easily told perhaps because the director wished us to explore the notion that reality is seldom something we confront without absolute proof. At times the acting is so real we may feel like giving up on this father because if he cannot let go then we can, but we persevere as he does.

Although I felt the story could have been better told I did end up admiring this work simply because it is very human exposing all the faults and frailties of our lives. It is also ultimately cathartic with a natural release with allows us to breathe again.

It is certainly a fine film and well worth watching.


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