Without A Trace (1983)

“The world’s a dangerous place when you’re 7 and when you’re 40 and you cant keep them babies forever.” – Pat Menetti

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After a child mysteriously disappears on his way to school, his mother will do anything to try and get him back.

My Take on it – Excellent thriller that works on numerous levels.

Kate Nelligan is perfectly cast in the role of the grieving mother and gives such an emotional performance here in this role that comes across quite believably.

Judd Hirsch plays the lead detective trying to find her missing son and allows the audience to see his personality shine through both as a detective and as a father and husband.

The story plays out really well and they do a great job keeping the mystery within reach, yet far away.

This adds a lot to the tension of the story and helps keep it so fascinating to watch unfold.

This movie does a great job balancing between the drama and mystery of it all and is all the better for it.

There have been many other movies and TV shows dealing with this kind of premise, yet they do a wonderful job here of keeping this one so thrilling to follow as things progress.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This movie and its source book were based on the case of the disappearance of a young New York City boy, Etan Kalil Patz, who went missing in New York City’s Lower Manhattan on May 25, 1979. Patz was the first missing child to be advertised on a milk carton. The case initiated the missing children’s movement, new legislation, and new methods for locating missing children. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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