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The Forgotten (2004)

After being told that their children never existed, a man and woman soon discover there is a much bigger enemy at work.

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Joseph Ruben

Writer:

Gerald Di Pego

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Moore ... Telly
Christopher Kovaleski Christopher Kovaleski ... Sam
Matthew Pleszewicz Matthew Pleszewicz ... Sam at 5
Anthony Edwards ... Jim
Jessica Hecht ... Eliot
Linus Roache ... A Friendly Man
Gary Sinise ... Dr. Jack Munce
Dominic West ... Ash
Katie Cooper Katie Cooper ... Library Clerk
Scott Nicholson ... Cop
P.J. Morrison P.J. Morrison ... Cop (as PJ Morrison)
Robert Wisdom ... Carl Dayton
Tim Kang ... Agent Alec Wong
Kathryn Faughnan Kathryn Faughnan ... Lauren
Alfre Woodard ... Anne Pope
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Storyline

In New York, Telly Paretta has been under the psychiatric care of A doctor for months, the therapy to help her deal with the grief associated with losing her nine year old son, Sam, one of 6 children in a plane which disappeared, Slowly, incidents make it seem like Telly is losing her grip on the past, until one day all physical evidence of Sam ever existing disappears.. her husband, Jim and Dr. Munce try to explain to her that her therapy is to help her get over the delusion that she /had a son. As Telly alone goes on a search for evidence to prove the existence of Sam, the only person she is eventually able to convince is Ash Correll, an ex-Hockey player whose daughter was also one of the missing children. One other person they're able to convince of there ever having been a Sam and Lauren is NYC cop, Ann Pope. Pope believes that 2 people having the same delusion is not a coincidence, Pope has to figure who she can or can't trust in the matter in uncovering the truth. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

You'll Never Forget The Ones You Love See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, some violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Sony

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Misteriosa obsesión See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,022,111, 26 September 2004

Gross USA:

$67,133,509

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$117,592,831
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Even though the word "Abduction" is mentioned a couple of times in the movie, the word "Alien" is never spoken. See more »

Goofs

When Detective Pope arrives at the Long Island house, she has a blue light flashing in the front of her unmarked car. The NYPD does not use blue lights, they use red lights in their unmarked cars. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Jack Munce: How much time did you spend at the dresser compared to last week?
Telly Paretta: Less.
Dr. Jack Munce: How much less?
Telly Paretta: I don't know exactly.
Dr. Jack Munce: You wanna make a guess, roughly, for the week?
Telly Paretta: Oh, not even an hour a day.
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Alternate Versions

The movie has two endings; one for the theatrical release, and an alternate version included in the movie's DVD. In the first, after a brief dialogue with Telly, the man creates an illusion of Sam which Telly chases through the hangar, and then confronts her again. He reveals that the purpose of the experiment is not to investigate the children, but rather the bond that exists between a parent and child, and that he believes it can be broken. He admits, however, that the experiment has so far produced no positive results with regards to Telly, and that it will fail soon if she doesn't forget, and he will be responsible for that failure. However, despite him revealing himself as an alien and almost succeeding by stealing the memory of Sam's birth, Telly can still remember her son, and he is whisked away by an unseen force, presumably to face the consequences of failure. Reality is restored to normal, and Telly is the only one who can remember the events that transpired. The alternate version is very similar, except that Telly is faced with a facsimile of Sam's room. She tries to force her way in, but cannot reach Sam. The alien scientist tries to convince her to forget Sam, but fails. He then accepts that the experiment has failed, and explains that she will be the only one who remembers what transpired there. Reality is again restored to normal. See more »

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"I believe", Scully...
30 January 2005 | by suspiria10See all my reviews

Telly Paretta is seeing a shrink as therapy for losing her son in a plane crash, only she never had a son but is convinced she had. All the people in her life don't remember Sam including her husband. When she confronts the alcoholic fathers of another child from the flight they set out to discover the truth and the truth is "out there".

Part X-Files and part Lifetime movie of the week, "The Forgotten" seems to really channel Chris Carter's hit TV show, look it even has a redhead. The story is interesting and Julianne Moore's performance is sincere but you can't help but think that something is missing. The clever twist is good but they could have easily expanded the storyline and made it more "something".

Good but not great, "The Forgotten" seems to lack its own identity due to the derivative nature of the storyline which needed a bit of assistance from Fox Mulder.


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