Held Hostage

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Held Hostage
Directed by Grant Harvey
Written by James Kearns and Maria Nation (teleplay), Michelle Renee (novel)
Starring Julie Benz
Brendan Penny
Sonja Bennett
Natasha Calis
Distributed by Lifetime
Release dates
  • July 19, 2009 (2009-07-19)
Country United States
Language English

Held Hostage is a Lifetime Movie starring Julie Benz that aired on July 19, 2009. It is based on the true story of Michelle Renee who also wrote the novel. Michelle is now a spokeswoman for Violence Against Women & Girls Awareness. Hal Foxton Beckett was nominated for a Leo Award for the music featured in the movie.


Michelle (Julie Benz), a single mother, is kidnapped by three masked men and held hostage until she is forced to rob a bank which is the only option she has to save her only child's life while they are both wired to explode.

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In November of 2000, Michelle Renee and her 7-year-old daughter Breea returned to their Needles, California home, only to find 4 men, armed with guns. They strapped fake bombs to the two and ordered Michelle to drive to the local Bank Of America where she worked, and give them the $360,000 in the vault. The 3 men were apprehended afterwards and Michelle now works as a public speaker, advocating support after trauma for women and girls. She has appeared on many documentary series, such as I Survived..., and 48 Hours.


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