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The Elizabeth Smart Story (2003)

TV-PG | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 9 November 2003
Based on the true story of the June 2002 kidnapping of teenager Elizabeth Smart by two people in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Director:

Bobby Roth

Writer:

Nancey Silvers
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Credited cast:
Dylan Baker ... Ed Smart
Lindsay Frost ... Lois Smart
Amber Marshall ... Elizabeth Smart
Tom Everett ... Emmanuel
Hannah Lochner ... Mary Katherine Smart
Tyler Kyte ... Charles Smart
Jacob Kraemer ... Andrew Smart
Luke MacInnis Luke MacInnis ... William Smart
Hollis McLaren ... Wanda Barzee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kevin Curran Kevin Curran ... Police Officer on Street #1
Craig Eldridge Craig Eldridge ... Det. Patrick Coleman
Travis Ferris Travis Ferris ... Volunteer at Desk
Barry Flatman ... Marc Klaas
Bruce Gooch Bruce Gooch ... John Walsh
Barbara Gordon Barbara Gordon ... Jenny Francom
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Storyline

Upstanding citizen Ed Smart lives happily with his wife and five children in Salt Lake City until youngest daughter Mary Katherine is the traumatized sole witness to the kidnapping from their home of her sister Elizabeth. After treating Ed and his eldest son Charles as prime suspects for statistics' sake, undermining initially wide community support, they concentrate on jailed pedophile Richard Ricci. For months the investigation goes nowhere, even after it becomes clear that Ricci is innocent. The lunatic kidnapper, homeless handyman turned mini-sect prophet 'Emmanuel', and his blindly-devoted wife meanwhile attempt to indoctrinate 'adopted, chosen' Elizabeth, but fate and his alcohol demon lead to his capture. Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

The High Profile Abduction and Miraculous Return.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The attempted kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart's cousin was in fact neither a coincidence nor a practical joke. Though unexplained in the film, Elizabeth often talked about her close relationship with her cousin, Olivia Wright, to her captors, inadvertently telling them where she lived and that she was close to her in age. Brian Mitchell, as part of his plan to take multiple wives, decided that Olivia would be his next victim, but the kidnapping attempt was unsuccessful when the family was awakened by the noise, causing Mitchell to flee the scene. Mitchell later unsuccessfully attempted to kidnap another girl while in San Diego. See more »

Goofs

When Elizabeth is shown playing the harp it is very obvious that she isn't actually playing, as the movements of her fingers do not match the soundtrack. See more »

Quotes

Ed Smart: Elizabeth? Is it really you?
Elizabeth Smart: [crying] It's me, Daddy.
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Connections

Referenced in Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth (2004) See more »

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Scary as Hell
25 February 2012 | by myspecialparadiseSee all my reviews

Having been raised by a mother that was exactly the same as Elizabeth Smart's kidnapper ... I can tell you that this movie gave me a new set of nightmares to deal with. Which speaks volumes in regards to the acting and directing. I would imagine that Elizabeth Smart's life must also be full of nightmares ... and this will continue throughout the remainder of her life.

As seems to be the norm in these abduction cases, the police continue to make life even worse for the victims of these crimes against families. In this case, even though the abduction is witnessed by Elizabeth's younger sister ... the police still go after the parents. On the other side of the coin, it often is a parent that is the guilty party ... Jon-Bonet Ramsey ... but, with a witness, in this case ... a lot of time was wasted on trying to pin the crime on the parents. The person they tried to finally pin it on looked nothing like the real monster, as said by the only witness. Unfortunately, the police pretty much ignored that witness.

Believe this ... there are plenty of people, out there, that are exactly like the abductor of Elizabeth Smart. BELIEVE IT!


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Official Sites:

CBS

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Elizabeth Smart Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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