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The Elizabeth Smart Story (2003)

The Elizabeth Smart Story





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In June of 2002, 13-year-old Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her own bedroom in Salt Lake City, a crime witnessed by her younger sister Mary Katherine. The desperate search for Elizabeth evolved into a gigantic media event, as her anguished parents combined forces with the authorities -- and a number of top-rated cable talk show hosts -- to follow any lead, big or small, that would help them find their daughter. Eight months into the girl's disappearance, hopes for her safety were growing dim -- until, miraculously, she was spotted only a short distance from her home, accompanied by a pair of bizarre and seriously disturbed personalities, Brian David "Emmanuel" Mitchell and Wanda Barzee. Originally telecast November 9, 2003, by CBS, the made-for-TV Elizabeth Smart: The Long Way Home is divided into two plains of action: the ordeal of the abducted Elizabeth and her uncanny ability to keep her wits and optimism intact despite the ever-growing possibility that she would never see her parents again; and the dogged determination of Elizabeth's parents Ed and Lois, who against all odds, never gave up hope that their daughter was still alive and well. The film was released shortly after Elizabeth's rescue.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television
Directed By:
Written By: Nancey Silvers
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 30, 2008
Patricia Clifford Productions


Dylan Baker
as Ed Smart
Lindsay Frost
as Los Smart
Amber Marshall
as Elizabeth Smart
Hannah Lochner
as Mary Katherine Smart
Tom Everett
as Brian David Mitchell...
Karl Pruner
as Det. Richard Kassen
Tyler Kyte
as Charles Smart
Jacob Kraemer
as Andrew Smart
Robert Wisden
as Jim Smart
Luke MacInnis
as William Smart
Barry Flatman
as Marc Klaas
Hollis McLaren
as Wanda Barzee
Craig Eldridge
as Det. Patrick Coleman
Bruce Gooch
as John Walsh
Barbara Gordon
as Jenny Francom
Kat Lanteigne
as Angela Ricci
Trent McMullen
as Off. Troy Rasmussen
Elizabeth Murphy
as Stacey McGinty
Jonathan Potts
as Chris Thomas
Tracy Waterhouse
as Off. Karen Jones
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Dylan Baker was annoying. However, the guy who played the abductor was very good and creepy in his role. Overall, it was ok - could have been better.

Erin Collins

Super Reviewer

Dylan Baker was pretty horribly miscast, but overall this is a good, engaging film that, to the best of my memory, stays pretty close to actual events. With some better casting it would have been a better movie, but for the most part I was impressed. It's a made for TV movie, and that definitely shows, but as long as you can keep that in mind, this is worth watching.

I used to subscribe to People magazine and they featured articles about Elizabeth Smart quite frequently. This movie seemed like a fairly realistic portrayal of the incident.

Ida Kern

Super Reviewer

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