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They've Taken Our Children: The Chowchilla Kidnapping (1993)

In a small California town, three young men decide to make money by hijacking a school bus full of children and demanding a ransom for the safe return of the kids.

Director:

Vern Gillum

Writers:

Jack Baugh (book), Jefferson Morgan (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karl Malden ... Ed Ray
Tim Ransom ... Fred Woods
Travis Fine ... Rick Schoenfeld
Tom Hodges ... Jim Schoenfeld
Julie Harris ... Odessa Ray
Robert Zameroski Robert Zameroski ... Tim Pearson (as Bobby Zameroski)
Jonathan Hernandez ... Ricardo Alanzo
Debra Bluford Debra Bluford ... Mrs. Rogers
Kevin Brief ... Deputy Simpson
Brendan McCurdy Brendan McCurdy ... Peter Rogers
Ken Boehr Ken Boehr ... Jack Pearson
Cara Coffman Cara Coffman ... Sally Rogers
John Dunbar John Dunbar ... Deputy
Peggy Freisen Peggy Freisen ... Mrs. Clifford
Dick Solowicz Dick Solowicz ... Leroy Tatum
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Storyline

Three young men decide to make easy money by mass kidnapping. After careful preparations, they hijack the school bus and take 26 children and the driver as hostages. However, the bravery and the wit of the old driver could spoil their plan for the perfect crime. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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26 kids disappeared. The cops didn't have a clue. They thought the kids didn't have a prayer. They thought wrong.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vanished Without a Trace See more »

Filming Locations:

Topeka, Kansas, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Last film of Karl Malden. See more »

Goofs

Camera does not flash when first photo of the getaway-vans' tire-tracks is taken. See more »

Connections

References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

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Great Movie
2 January 2006 | by xxfadedmamixxSee all my reviews

I was in this movie with Karl Malden and he was a great man to work with. I was in the first grade when it was filmed. I actually didn't even want to be in the movie. I was scared and didn't really know what to expect. But it was all worth it and I don't regret anything and I can say I've done something not a lot of people have. I had a lot of fun and it was worth all the long days I put in. Everybody I worked with was wonderful. I didn't really have a speaking part, but I did get to tell my Barbie to "shhhhh" when we were getting in trouble for being loud on the bus. I hope everyone that watches it, enjoys it just as much as I did making it.


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