|Directed by||Grant Harvey|
|Written by||James Kearns and Maria Nation (teleplay), Michelle Renee (novel)|
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.
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.
- Julie Benz as Michelle Estey
- Brendan Penny as Chris Clark/Money One
- Sonja Bennett as Sandi Clark
- Natasha Calis as Breea Estey
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