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I Am Elizabeth Smart (2017)

Police launch a high-profile investigation after a teenager (Alana Boden) is abducted from her bedroom in Salt Lake City.

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Sarah Walker

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Tory Walker (teleplay) (as Victoria Walker)
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Credited cast:
Elizabeth Smart ... Self
Alana Boden ... Elizabeth Smart
Skeet Ulrich ... Brian David Mitchell
Deirdre Lovejoy ... Wanda Barzee
Anne Openshaw ... Lois Smart
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sarah Madison Barrow ... Olivia
Graem Beddoes ... Grocery Clerk
Jazmine Campanale ... Young Woman Driver
London Cardinal London Cardinal ... William Smart
Ethan Farrell ... Andrew
Peter Graham-Gaudreau ... Nevada Bus Driver
Devin Johnston Devin Johnston ... Dave
Chelsey Moore ... Woman In Library
Cassidy Nugent ... Mary Katherine
Kiefer O'Reilly ... Edward
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In June 2002, Elizabeth Ann Smart (Alana Boden) was a 14-year-old girl when she was abducted from her Salt Lake City home by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell (Skeet Ulrich). He brought her to a hilly encampment where, with his twisted accomplice Wanda Barzee (Deirdre Lovejoy), he held Elizabeth captive. She was starved, drugged, raped and subjected to bizarre religious rituals until, nine months later, she enabled her own rescue. Written by AnonymousB

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The real Elizabeth Smart narrates and has interviews spliced into the movie. See more »

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Running Up That Hill
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Performed by Placebo
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Visual representation to understand what happened: Great. As a film: Okay.
28 June 2019 | by abelhawkSee all my reviews

It's great to have the context from Elizabeth Smart herself in this movie. It's also really good to appreciate a bit more what she went through and how miraculous it was that she not only survived, but is mentally fine after all that abuse. Obviously, since Elizabeth herself is narrating the film, you can be sure that everything in the movie happened and nothing was needlessly dramatized.

However, from a filmmaker's standpoint, it could have been a bit better. They could have skipped back and forth between her point of view and that of her parents' to show their efforts in trying to find her and the developments that were going on outside her campsite. They didn't even explain how the police knew to find her (her sister remembered the voice of the suspect and they tracked him down).

I also don't like how through narration Elizabeth seems to try and justify all her actions throughout the piece. Does anyone doubt that she wanted to stop being abused? The film almost seems like a reply video to a bunch of people that question why she didn't yell for help. I dunno. To me, it's obvious and was forced a bit much, but maybe that's the audience Elizabeth was wanting to address in particular.

Overall, a great documentary of the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart. Cinematically, it could have been improved, but it did the job for the purpose it was filmed for.


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