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Cleveland Abduction (2015)

TV-14 | | Biography, Crime, Drama | TV Movie 2 May 2015
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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.


Alex Kalymnios


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 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 ... Social Worker
Tammy Tsai ... Dr. Elaine Chen
David Manzanares ... Michael Santana
Jim Cantafio ... Judge Russo
Sloane Coombs ... Jocelyn Berry (6)
Kyle McCann Kyle McCann ... Joey Knight
McKenna Bintz ... Jocelyn Berry (3)


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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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 »


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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A Rather Distant Feel To A Real Life Horror Story
12 May 2015 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

The Cleveland abductions ? You remember that don't you ? No ? Let me refresh your memory . , A couple of years ago police in Cleveland Ohio raided a house belonging to one Ariel Castro who as it turned out kept three young women as captives . One of whom Michelle Knight had been held prisoner for eleven years . You remember it now and it'd be impossible to forget this true life horror story and this TVM tells of Michelle's ordeal

Now to be fair having the story told through a television film via the Lifetime Channel is both a blessing and a curse . A blessing that we're not going to be subjected to extreme exploitation that's going to keep us awake for nights on end due to the disturbing subject material but at the same time a curse that the restrain of a TVM really doesn't do the story justice . In this medium it's a rather uneasy mix but doesn't stop an opening caption that "Contains distressing scenes . Viewer discretion advised" . The constant rapes and beatings of Michelle are thankfully left mainly to the imagination but at the same time you're left thinking that this isn't due to any cerebral reason except that you're not allowed to show that type of stuff on the channel . In other words the story is shaped by outside criteria that have got absolutely nothing to do with the story and everything to do with outside factors . Another irritant is that you never get to feel much in the way of Michelle's hopes of ever being rescued being dashed time and again which I'm sure must have constantly happened . None of this is helped by the feeling of time passing being conspicuous by its absence and much of this TVM feels like it has taken place in 90 minutes rather than the eleven years of Michelle's real time imprisonment . There's not enough foundations for the audience to emotionally invest enough in to Michelle's ordeal which is terrible but at the same time abstract which means despite the compelling subject matter the characters remain entirely distant

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2 May 2015 (USA) See more »

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Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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