Stolen (2009 drama film)

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Promotional poster
Directed by Anders Anderson
Produced by Anders Anderson
Al Corley
Josh Lucas
Devin Maurer
Bart Rosenblatt
Andy Steinman
Written by Glenn Taranto
Starring Josh Lucas
Jon Hamm
Rhona Mitra
James Van Der Beek
Music by Trevor Morris
Cinematography Andy Steinmann
Edited by Anders Anderson
2 Bridges Productions
A2 Entertainment Group
Boy in the Box
Code Entertainment
Distributed by IFC Films
Release date
  • October 10, 2009 (2009-10-10) (Pusan Film Festival)
  • March 12, 2010 (2010-03-12) (United States)
Country United States
Language English

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


A small-town policeman 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;[1] in the opening scenes, a mummified corpse is unearthed at a construction site. At first the policeman fears and welcomes closure to the search for his son; 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. Work has become an obsession for Detective Tom Adkins (Jon Hamm) since the disappearance of his ten-year-old son, Tommy Jr. When an early morning phone call leads him to the mangled remains of a young boy who was brutally murdered 50 years ago, Adkins takes on the case in hopes of finding absolution, his 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.[5]


Stolen was released on March 3, 2010 as Video on Demand and in a limited theatrical release on March 12.[6]


Upon release, the film was universally panned by critics, it currently holds a 0% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


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