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Who Took Johnny (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 2016 (USA)
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An examination into the cold case of the Iowa boy, Johnny Gosch, who disappeared on his paper route 30 years earlier.


David Beilinson (co-writer), Michael Galinsky (co-writer) | 1 more credit »



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Credited cast:
Noreen Gosch Noreen Gosch ... Self - Johnny's Mother (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nancy Allen Nancy Allen ... Self - Marc Allen's Aunt
Paul Bonacci Paul Bonacci ... Self
Troy Boner Troy Boner ... Self - Child Victim (archive footage)
Mike Borland Mike Borland ... Self - Photojournalist
Nick Bryant Nick Bryant ... Self - Author
Drew Collins Drew Collins ... Self - Father of Missing Girl
Heather Collins Heather Collins ... Self - Mother of Missing Girl
Orval Cooney Orval Cooney ... Self - Police Chief (archive footage)
Cam Coppess Cam Coppess ... Self - Police Officer
John DeCamp John DeCamp ... Self - Paul Bonacci's Attorney
John Gosch Sr. John Gosch Sr. ... Self - Johnny's Father (archive footage)
Johnny Gosch Johnny Gosch ... Self - Disappeared
Nick Gray Nick Gray ... Self - Producer
George Hartney George Hartney ... Self - Noreen's Husband


WHO TOOK JOHNNY is an examination into an infamous thirty-year-old cold case: the disappearance of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch, the first missing child to appear on a milk carton. The film focuses on the heartbreaking story of Johnny's mother, Noreen, and her relentless quest for the truth about what happened on the tragic September morning in Des Moines when Johnny never returned from his paper route. Along the way there have been mysterious sightings, strange clues, bizarre revelations, and a confrontation with a person who claims to have helped abduct Johnny. Steeped in intrigue and conspiracy theories, WHO TOOK JOHNNY explores eyewitness accounts, compelling evidence, and emotional discoveries spanning three decades of the most spellbinding missing person's case in U.S. history Written by Filmbuff

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On September 5, 1982, Johnny Gosch disappeared while preparing to deliver newspapers in West Des Moines, Iowa. 30 years later the truth about what happened will be revealed.


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Johnny was the second person to have his picture on a milk carton. The first was Etan Patz. See more »


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'Who Took Johnny?' is a Must See film of the year for the world!
30 January 2014 | by adejesus614See all my reviews

'Who Took Johnny?' Reveals how cases of missing children were handle 30 years ago. This film shades all its light on the disappearance of Johnny Gosch from Des Monies, Iowa. A 12 year-old paperboy, who disappears without a trace, yet was written off as a runaway. The case of Johnny Gosch is shrouded by the darkest side of humanity as it leads to a hidden world where children are targeted A world dragged into the light by the strength, love, and sacrifice of a mother who never stopped fighting for answers. It should be required for the world to watch. I watch it. My heart is still trembling over how this case was handled.

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Release Date:

2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Des Moines, Iowa, USA


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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,666, 26 April 2015

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RumuR Inc. See more »
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16:9 HD
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