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Cleveland Abduction (2015)

TV-14 | | Biography, Crime, Drama | TV Movie 2 May 2015
A single mother who becomes the first victim of kidnapper Ariel Castro finds herself trapped in his home for 11 years, where she eventually becomes a friend and sister to two other women who are taken captive by Castro.

Director:

Alex Kalymnios

Writers:

Michelle Knight (based on the book "Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings" by), Stephen Tolkin (teleplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taryn Manning ... Michelle Knight
Raymond Cruz ... Ariel Castro
Katie Sarife ... Gina DeJesus
Samantha Droke ... Amanda Berry
Pam Grier ... Carla
Joe Morton ... Agent Solano
Jane Mowder Jane Mowder ... Michelle's Mother
Grace Ransom ... Emily Castro
Kristina Kopf Kristina Kopf ... Social Worker
Tammy Tsai ... Dr. Elaine Chen
David Manzanares ... Michael Santana
Jim Cantafio ... Judge Russo
Sloane Coombs Sloane Coombs ... Jocelyn Berry (6)
Kyle McCann ... Joey Knight
McKenna Bintz ... Jocelyn Berry (3)
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Storyline

In 2002, the single mother Michelle Knight is walking to the court for the custody case of her five year-old son Joey, of whom she had lost custody. She realizes that she is late and accepts the ride from her acquaintance Ariel Castro, who is the father of a schoolmate. He lures Michelle telling that his dog delivered several puppies and he would like to give one to her for Joey. Once inside his house, he imprisons her with chains in a dark room. For eleven years, Michelle is beaten and submitted to sexual abuse and abortion. In 2003 and 2004, Ariel also kidnaps and abuses Amanda Berry, who has a child with him, and Gina DeJesus. In 2013, Amanda succeeds in escaping from the house and the police arrive and release the women. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cleveland Abduction See more »

Filming Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

When offered to play the part of Ariel Castro, Raymond Cruz's wife originally told him not to take the offer because of how sick Castro was. After reading the script, his wife had a change of heart and urged him to take the role because if he didn't "play the devil", then nobody would care about the girls. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the movie, the main character is clearly longsighted, as her spectacles have strong convex lenses fitted. The bad guy breaks these glasses early on and soon after she is rescued she is presented with a replacement pair, which she says bring the world back in focus for her at last. But the lenses are obviously just clear glass from then until the end of the film. See more »

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Raymond Cruz is good but the story is mainly from one victim's POV
17 July 2015 | by phd_travelSee all my reviews

Raymond Cruz is a most effective actor. For those who watched 'Breaking Bad', Tuco Salamanca is one of the all time great TV villains thanks to Raymond's convincing intense performance. Here he is pretty scary as Ariel Castro. The real Ariel Castro looked more benign than him. Raymond is a bit too scary to be the wolf in sheep's clothing that Ariel was.

The story shows things from mainly one victim's point of view. Might have been better to show things from all three victims points of view. There was enough time to show how each was kidnapped and the background of each briefly so it's strange they didn't. In this sense the story could have been better written. The TV movie does not make it that clear how one of them couldn't run out while Ariel Castro was sleeping or something for such a long time.

Overall watch this for a TV version of the terrible crime.


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