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The Abduction of Zack Butterfield (2011)

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A disturbed young woman returns to the US after combat as an American mercenary in Iraq and abducts a 14 year old boy, holding him prisoner in her isolated country home as a bizarre relationship develops.


Rick Lancaster


Stephen M. Ryder (screenplay by) (as Stephen Ryder), Rick Lancaster (screenplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brett Helsham ... April McKenna
TJ Plunkett ... Zack Butterfield
Lisa Gunn ... Marianne Butterfield
Aaron Letrick ... Peter Butterfield
Celine du Tertre ... Emily
Anthony Ames ... Agent Quincannon
Stephen M. Ryder ... Sheriff Butler (as Stephen Ryder)
Walter Masterson ... Mike
Domenico D'Ippolito ... Chris Briggs
Nina Rausch ... Cindy Butterfield
Ryan Ward ... Gary
Connor Buckley ... Travis
Master Kwon Master Kwon ... Taekwondo Teacher
James Filardi James Filardi ... Jimmy
Richard Bellmund Richard Bellmund ... Richie


A disturbed young woman returns to the US after combat as an American mercenary in Iraq and abducts a 14 year old boy, holding him prisoner in her isolated country home as a bizarre relationship develops.

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Some dreams should never come true...


Crime | Drama | Thriller







Release Date:

19 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Days of April See more »

Filming Locations:

LaGrangeville, New York, USA


Box Office


$495,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metropolis Films See more »
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Color | Black and White (flashbacks)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chris Briggs: God, you are so pussy-whipped.
Zack Butterfield: Oh, fuck you, Chris, I'm not whipped. That's so ridiculous.
Chris Briggs: Right, like you're not the most pussy-whipped guy on the planet fuckin' Earth.
Zack Butterfield: Just 'cause I not a Neanderthal like you. Just 'cause I can actually be friends with a girl.
Chris Briggs: Whipped! Like everyone doesn't know? Give me a break. Man, lately, every time I ask you something, it's always "Emily this, Emily that".
Zack Butterfield: Come on, grow up. You just hate girls. You prob'ly still run up to 'em with dead frogs.
Chris Briggs: Oooh, hate ...
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References Rocky (1976) See more »

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The aftermath of war, coming of age, and other traumas
22 March 2015 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Now and then along comes a new film by a young director who co-wrote a story and brings it to life with a degree of freshness that makes us look forward to further works from his hands. Such is the case for Rick Lancaster whose little film THE ABDUCTION OF ZACK BUTTERFIELD deserves attention. Rick comes to this project well prepared: he attended Harvard, Yale, NYU (Drama) and Cornell University where he graduated with honors with two Bachelors Degrees, and went on to earn a Masters Degree. Rick then attended Film Editors school in New York City, learned the craft and became a member of the Film Editors Union. Catching the bug for directing he found a friendly mentor (and producer) in Stephen Ryder, the CEO of Metropolis Films, whose skills in writing are well known (the highly honored and populate L.I.E.) and together these two men wrote the screenplay and gathered a young cast of very fine talent and out came THE ABDUCTION OF ZACK BUTTERFIELD.

The story takes chances and that is why it works so well. A polished high school 14-year-old athlete (martial arts) and fine student – Zach (beautifully underplayed by TJ Plunkett) is not one to go along with his in-crowd macho classmates but has a fine and healthy relationship with his parents (Lisa Gunn and Aaron Letrick) and girlfriend Emily (Celine du Tertre). Out on a jog Zack is abducted by the beautiful April (Brett Helsham) who happens to be an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran with a creepy dysfunctional family history. April cuffs Zack, tacks him to a hidden cottage in the back country, and places a necklace loaded with malleable explosive beads, and begins what appears to be a BDSM relationship. Gradually both April and Zack find aspects of their own needs fulfilled by the other and have a deepening if bizarre relationship. At home Zack's parents continue to watch for Zack's return and the local sheriff (played with unusual skill by Stephen Ryder) and FBI agents try to find him. An incident changes the plot after three months have passed - a young lad finds the cabin when seeking for assistance with his stalled car, sees Zack through the window, April notices and ends the lad's interference. Zack now realizes the full extent of April's war and childhood damaged psyche and the film ends with a surprise.

The story is told with restraint, due no doubt to Rick Lancaster's sensitive direction, and there are many subtle inferences about the manner in which we are living at present that give the story significant substance. This is a strong film from a committed company and crew top to bottom and deserves a wider theatrical release.

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