Without a Trace (1983)





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Young divorced mother Kate Nelligan refuses to go into a panic when her six-year-old son disappears. She manages to maintain an even emotional keel even when detective Judd Hirsch unearths several clues which point to sexual molestation. After several false leads, the truth is revealed. We won't divulge the ending, but we will note that we found it pretty hard to swallow-especially when compared to the actual case upon which Beth Gutcheson's novel and screenplay were based. Despite its cop-out denouement, Without a Trace deserves to take its place among such superior missing-children dramas as the made-for-TV Adam and Just Another Missing Kid.
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William H. Macy
as Reporter
Stockard Channing
as Jocelyn Norris
Terry O'Quinn
as Parent
Kate Nelligan
as Susan Selky
Caroline Aaron
as Makeup Woman
L. Scott Caldwell
as Janet Smith
Frederick Coffin
as Officer Coffin
Freda Foh Shen
as Reporter
Judd Hirsch
as Al Menetti
Alan Weeks
as Reporter
Martin Shakar
as Police
Paul Collins
as Reporter
Ellen Barber
as Martina
Tony Devon
as Police
Dan Lauria
as Baker
David Dukes
as Graham Selky
Jacqueline Brookes
as Margaret Mayo
Kathleen Widdoes
as Ms. Hauser
Lynn Cohen
as Woman with Dog
Don Amendolia
as Police
Marcella Lowery
as Sgt. Rocco
William Duell
as Polygraph Operator
Hattie Winston
as Reporter
Sam Coppola
as Schoyer
Danny Corkill
as Alex Selky
Jane Cecil
as Mrs. Applegate
Sam J. Coppola
as Schoyer
Gracie Harrison
as Reporter
James Storm
as Reporter
Roxanne Gregory
as Reporter
David Simon
as Eugene Menetti
Peggy Woody
as Girls on Movie Line
Elaine Bromka
as Production Assistant
Keith McDermott
as Phillippe
Lee Sandman
as Coffee Shop Owner
Richmond Hoxie
as Parent/Reporter
Lou Leccese
as Police
Kenneth Cory
as Reporter
Edmond Genest
as Reporter
Theodore Sorel
as Dr. Mandlebaum
Tom Dunn
as WOR-TV News Announcer
Sara Lee Kessler
as WOR-TV News Announcer
Cheryl Giannini
as Pat Menetti
Joan McMonagle
as Vivienne Grant
Louise Stubbs
as Malvina Robbins
Deborah Carlson
as Naomi Blum
Todd Winters
as Technician
Kymbra Callaghan
as Hairdresser
William Fowler
as Reporter
Tory Wood
as Parent
Marissa Ryan
as Justine Norris
Peter Brash
as Mr. Garrett
Roger Kozol
as Makeup Man
Stephanie Ann Levy
as Marcia Menetti
Kathrin King Segal
as Girls on Movie Line
Timothy Minor
as Soundman
Carolotta A. DeVaughn
as Correction Officer
Mark McGovern
as Police
McKenzie Allen
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Without a Trace

All Critics (4)

...as the story progresses, the film becomes increasingly routine...

Full Review… | July 6, 2005
Reel Film Reviews

Kate Nelligan's performance is as sharp and focused as a laser beam.

Full Review… | August 19, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Exceptionally strong performances take this above the level of the script.

April 30, 2004
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

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August 12, 2005

Unconvincing, trite child-in-jeopardy rendition.

May 5, 2005

Audience Reviews for Without a Trace

This film evokes a parent's worst nightmare! When young Alex(Bryan) suddenly disappears during school, mom Susan(Nelligan) has her heart travelling on the rollercoaster of emotions She seeks the help of detective Manetti (Hirsh) and finds that people do not understand,especially her best friend(Channing).Her persistence, makes others tell her to "give up" the chase,but she feels the need to press "onward" in her goal. It is by a sheer hunch,that Manetti takes his son on a trip,and notes that a phone caller proves Alex is still alive.One would be relieved, that the ending comes with joy for Susan.Unfortunately,real cases prove that many who disappear do not manage to "make it' in our Society.This movie has great drama and suspense. The viewer cheers for Susan,in her success.Bravo to Hirsh and Nelligan on their amazing perfomances !

Rosie Kalimnios
Rosie Kalimnios

i just bawl at the ending. every single time. i know that it is unrealistic, but it IS highly cathartic.

Sue Birkenseer
Sue Birkenseer

Love this......all through the movie felt so sad for the little boy who was kidnapped......this is one of the ultimate tear jerkers, and one of my favorties

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