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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ARWWSI8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,184 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Keke Palmer Aunjanue Ellis and Sherri Shepherd star in this Lifetime Original Movie based on a true story. Carlina White (Palmer) was abducted as an infant by Ann Pettway (Ellis) from a New York hospital and later solved her own kidnapping and was reunited with her biological parents 23 years later. In August of 1987 new parents Joy White (Shepherd) and Carl Tyson (Roger Cross) took their 19-day-old daughter Carlina to Harlem Hospital in New York with a high fever. Ann Pettway who had suffered a series of miscarriages and was desperate for a child of her own posed as a hospital nurse and walked out of the hospital with Carlina hidden from view. While Joy and Carl desperately searched for their daughter over the years Pettway was raising Carlina in Bridgeport Connecticut--a mere 45 miles from New York City. As Carlina grew older she began to suspect Pettway was not her birth mother and launched her own

Customer Reviews

Very inspirational to someone who may have experienced a similar situation.
Carolina
The kidnapped child, now a young woman with a child of her own, is very torn between the two worlds, as she finds out who her real family is.
Kitty
Its scary to know that something like this could actually happen, but it was heartwarming to see how it all worked out.
R. McCoy

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I can, and have been, critical of Lifetime made-for-TV movies for ripping "based on actual events" cases from the headlines and turning them into rather lurid fodder for fictionalized dramatic recreations. It is one of their go-to genres. Sometimes you don't need all the sensationalistic melodrama when the tale itself is both compelling and fascinating. And in the simplicity of its presentation, "Abducted: The Carlina White Story" is one of the network's more heartfelt entries into this overstuffed format. Level-headed and real, this accounting benefits from an understated tone and (at least) one truly dynamic performance. While the screenplay sometimes takes some major shortcuts which sacrifice significant parts of the actual story, it is still one of the better efforts from Lifetime that I've seen in quite some time. And, in all candor, it is a film that I had almost no interest in seeing! Well, I'm glad I didn't listen to myself. What do I know anyway?

"Abducted" tells the story of a girl who was stolen from the hospital shortly after her birth. As the parents pursue any lead, the case makes headlines that only intensify when they also seek to hold the hospital legally responsible. As they come to terms with the difficulties of losing their daughter, the abductor proceeds to raise the child for the next two decades! The case once again made headlines when Carlina White, as an adult, began to unravel the secret and seek out her real family. She is placed in an untenable position. Should she embrace the family she has never known? And if so, does that mean she has to cut ties with her entire existence. It's a knotty dilemma, handled reasonably well in the hands of director Vondie Curtis-Hall.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By desjalove on February 8, 2013
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1st time I saw this movie on Lifetime, I immediately looked for it on dvd but discovered that it was not available until March 5th so I am patiently waiting for the release date! Abducted: The Carlina White Story was one of the best movies that Keke Palmer starred in. It is great the real Carlina White found her way home to her real family and even made space for the only family that she knew. A very touching movie, you may laugh, cry, and even cheer on the characters.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Regina Smith on October 8, 2012
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This movie was really good, the actors did a really great job. I remember this story when it happened it was so sad. The movie really gives you a more in depth look at both sides of the story. I would watch it again.
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I can, and have been, critical of Lifetime made-for-TV movies for ripping "based on actual events" cases from the headlines and turning them into rather lurid fodder for fictionalized dramatic recreations. It is one of their go-to genres. Sometimes you don't need all the sensationalistic melodrama when the tale itself is both compelling and fascinating. And in the simplicity of its presentation, "Abducted: The Carlina White Story" is one of the network's more heartfelt entries into this overstuffed format. Level-headed and real, this accounting benefits from an understated tone and (at least) one truly dynamic performance. While the screenplay sometimes takes some major shortcuts which sacrifice significant parts of the actual story, it is still one of the better efforts from Lifetime that I've seen in quite some time. And, in all candor, it is a film that I had almost no interest in seeing! Well, I'm glad I didn't listen to myself. What do I know anyway?

"Abducted" tells the story of a girl who was stolen from the hospital shortly after her birth. As the parents pursue any lead, the case makes headlines that only intensify when they also seek to hold the hospital legally responsible. As they come to terms with the difficulties of losing their daughter, the abductor proceeds to raise the child for the next two decades! The case once again made headlines when Carlina White, as an adult, began to unravel the secret and seek out her real family. She is placed in an untenable position. Should she embrace the family she has never known? And if so, does that mean she has to cut ties with her entire existence. It's a knotty dilemma, handled reasonably well in the hands of director Vondie Curtis-Hall.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cutigersfan on February 21, 2013
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What an wesome movie, can't wait to get it on dvd. Acting is also incredible. Sherrie Sheppard at her best.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sara Roberts on March 4, 2013
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This movie is good, I liked how the Carlina found out that she was kidnapped, and got in touch with her real parents. Great True Story
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By missouri2003 on January 2, 2013
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I saw this on Lifetime and was very impressed and shocked how it ended. I can't wait until the release to add to my dvd library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aerie on August 27, 2014
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The story felt rushed, but I thought Aunjanue Ellis did a great job with her role as the woman who stole the baby, "Carlina White" from her new parents. I continued to watched the movie for her performance which showed depth and will check out her other work. She is currently in the new James Brown movie (I haven't seen it yet). Her work in "The Help" as one of the help who is arrested for stealing a ring from her employer and as the featured vocalist as a "Raelette" in the movie "Ray" shows her to be a credible actor. She appears to be up-and-coming and I look forward to seeing her work.
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