Without a Trace (1983) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Without a Trace (1983)




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Young divorced mother Kate Nelligan refuses to go into a panic when her six-year-old son disappears. She manages to maintain an even emotional keel even when detective Judd Hirsch unearths several clues which point to sexual molestation. After several false leads, the truth is revealed. We won't divulge the ending, but we will note that we found it pretty hard to swallow-especially when compared to the actual case upon which Beth Gutcheson's novel and screenplay were based. Despite its cop-out denouement, Without a Trace deserves to take its place among such superior missing-children dramas as the made-for-TV Adam and Just Another Missing Kid.


Kate Nelligan
as Susan Selky
Judd Hirsch
as Al Menetti
David Dukes
as Graham Selky
Stockard Channing
as Jocelyn Norris
Jacqueline Brookes
as Margaret Mayo
Keith McDermott
as Phillippe
Kathleen Widdoes
as Ms. Hauser
Danny Corkill
as Alex Selky
Cheryl Giannini
as Pat Menetti
David Simon
as Eugene Menetti
William Duell
as Polygraph Operator
Joan McMonagle
as Vivienne Grant
Louise Stubbs
as Malvina Robbins
Deborah Carlson
as Naomi Blum
Peter Brash
as Mr. Garrett
L. Scott Caldwell
as Janet Smith
Ellen Barber
as Martina
Theodore Sorel
as Dr. Mandlebaum
Elaine Bromka
as Production Assistant
Roger Kozol
as Makeup Man
Caroline Aaron
as Makeup Woman
Lee Sandman
as Coffee Shop Owner
Frederick Coffin
as Officer Coffin
Marissa Ryan
as Justine Norris
Stephanie Ann Levy
as Marcia Menetti
Peggy Woody
as Girls on Movie Line
Kathrin King Segal
as Girls on Movie Line
Marcella Lowery
as Sgt. Rocco
Jane Cecil
as Mrs. Applegate
Todd Winters
as Technician
Timothy Minor
as Soundman
Lynn Cohen
as Woman with Dog
Kymbra Callaghan
as Hairdresser
Carolotta A. DeVaughn
as Correction Officer
Paul Collins
as Reporter
Tory Wood
as Parent
Richmond Hoxie
as Parent/Reporter
Tony Devon
as Police
Tom Dunn
as WOR-TV News Announcer
Sara Lee Kessler
as WOR-TV News Announcer
Sam Coppola
as Schoyer
Kenneth Cory
as Reporter
Edmond Genest
as Reporter
James Storm
as Reporter
Alan Weeks
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Without a Trace

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

There is a beautifully sustained performance from Kate Nelligan as the mother who would not abandon hope.

November 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Exceptionally strong performances take this above the level of the script.

April 30, 2004 | Rating: 4/5
Top Critic

...as the story progresses, the film becomes increasingly routine...

July 6, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Kate Nelligan's performance is as sharp and focused as a laser beam.

August 19, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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