Stolen (2009 American film)

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Promotional poster
Directed byAnders Anderson
Produced byAnders Anderson
Al Corley
Josh Lucas
Devin Maurer
Bart Rosenblatt
Andy Steinman
Written byGlenn Taranto
StarringJosh Lucas
Jon Hamm
Rhona Mitra
James Van Der Beek
Music byTrevor Morris
CinematographyAndy Steinmann
Edited byAnders Anderson
2 Bridges Productions
A2 Entertainment Group
Boy in the Box
Code Entertainment
Distributed byIFC Films
Release date
  • October 10, 2009 (2009-10-10) (Pusan Film Festival)
  • March 12, 2010 (2010-03-12) (United States)
CountryUnited States
Box office$7,943 (United States)[1]

Stolen is a 2009 American drama mystery thriller film directed by Anders Anderson and starring Josh Lucas, Jon Hamm and Rhona Mitra.


A policeman from Barnstable, California works to uncover the truth behind two crimes; the disappearance of his son eight years earlier, and a fifty-year-old homicide of another boy.[2] In the opening scenes, a mummified corpse is unearthed at a construction site. At first the policeman fears the body is that of his son, but also welcomes closure to the search. However, pathology demonstrates that these are the remains from a much older crime. The film continues with parallel stories in flashback, showing the events leading to the crimes and the investigation. The body is found with a burned toy, identical to one his own son had at the time of his disappearance, along with a whistle engraved with the words, "Keep the home fries burning". After noticing the similarities in the two cases, Adkins attempts to re-interrogate a local prisoner named Rogianni, a convicted murderer who the detective suspected in his son's disappearance. However, Adkins is rebuffed by the prison warden, due to earlier interrogations in which Adkins became violent. The investigation leads him to a man who lived in 1958 named Matthew Wakefield (Josh Lucas) and his mentally retarded son, John. The striking similarities in the cases pushes Adkins’ obsession over the top. Barely holding onto his sanity and bound by redemption, Adkins unravels the unspeakable truth behind what happened to his son.



The film was conceived as The Boy in the Box and was later renamed Stolen Lives. In January 2010, IFC Films acquired the rights of the theatrical release and renamed the film Stolen.[6]


Stolen was released on March 3, 2010 as Video on Demand and in a limited theatrical release on March 12.[7]


Upon release, the film was universally panned by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 0% approval rating based on 20 reviews, with an average score of 3.6/10.[8]


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