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I Know My First Name Is Steven (Tvm) (1989)

Cindy Pickett , John Ashton , Larry Elikann  |  NR |  DVD-R  What's this?
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  • Actors: Cindy Pickett, John Ashton, Corin 'Corky' Nemec, Luke Edwards, Pruitt Taylor Vince
  • Directors: Larry Elikann
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WBTV
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 185 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00366BJAK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,318 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Editorial Reviews

This is the true story of a little boy lost - and found. And of the horrors that happened in between. Seven-year-old Steven Stayner was taken on his way home from school by a degenerate who convinced the boy his parents had abandoned him. Subjected to years of lies and sexual abuse, Steven was numbed into submission. Then, when Steven was 14, his abductor brought home five-year-old Timmy - and Steven found the courage to escape with the child, whose tragic future he could foresee only too well. Could he find his real family? And, if he did, could they ever be a family again? I Know My First Name Is Steven will break your heart, then heal it.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb quality February 14, 2010
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After waiting years for this movie to be released on dvd I was a little skeptical about buying a dvd-r (manufactored on demand)for $30.00 plus. However, the dvd quality is superb. There are no extras on the dvd- a disappointment since the movie is so well made. However, the strength of the film stands on its own. Performances by ALL actors are top notch. The 2 actors portraying Steve (Luke Edwards and Corin Nemec) are unsurpassd. Watching Luke Edward's character transformation from "Stevie" (innocent and naive), to "Steve" mentally abused, sexually molested, a cigarette smoking 7 year old with dark circles under his eyes is a haunting experience. A superb Made For TV movie.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic Story, Tragic Lives September 1, 2010
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I became interested in this case from the beginning, as relatives of mine lived
across the street from the Stayner family in Merced at that time. I have a cable VHS copy of
this fine film, and am glad to see it is now on DVD. It is a riveting account of
one of the most horrendous kidnappings of our time. Even though the film ends on
a hopeful note, unfortunately it ultimately ended tragically for almost everyone
involved, while the perpetrator, Mr. Parnell received far too lenient treatment.
I wonder if the DVD adds any footnotes as to the sad fates of both victims, which
occurred well after the TV movie aired.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I KNOW MY FIRST NAME IS STEVEN (1989, 180 minutes) was quite the blockbuster miniseries and well deserved. No story like it had been produced before, and risks were taken with this film that paid off: the risk of telling the entire truth.

Young Steven Stayner ("Corky" Nemec in his star-making role) was abducted at age 7 by one Kenneth Parnell (an uncredited Arliss Howard who always plays pathetic villains). Parnell was a notorious child molester and rapist who went through Lord only knows how many victims. As a teen, Steve, who has since been known by the name Dennis Parnell, witnesses the rape of a young boy Parnell has just kidnapped. He's had enough and makes a harrowing escape with the little boy in his arms.

Steven is processed through law enforcement and returns to his family. Paterfamilias Del Stayner (John Ashton - I do not know why I keep recalling Craig T. Nelson in this role) is somewhat bothered by the teen Steven who returns home. When he discovers what has transpired, he blames his son for being raped. Yes, that's right: he blamed his son for being raped. The remainder of this tale of bravery and heartwrenching sadness will have you leaping out of your seat. Even today I weep when I see it.

If you look closely, you will see the real life Steven Stayner in this film, in the uncredited role of a police officer who visits the Stayner's home. There are two horrific epilogues to the Stayner tragedy: Steven was killed shortly before the release of this film, in a motorcycle accident. Then only some years later, his brother the infamous Corey Stayner was charged with being the "Yosemite Killer". A vicious real-life serial killer. Perhaps you recall that true story along with this true story as told in the film.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim White, last survivor, dies at 35. April 10, 2010
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I saw this movie when it aired on television and then later rented it to show it to my own kids after I heard Steven had died in a motorcycle accident. I rented it again when Carey Stayner was revealed as the Yosemite serial killer. There is actually a passage in the movie where Steven upon his return asks where his older brother is and his mom replies he's at Yosemite; "he loves it there." Now I just found out that the LA County Deputy Sheriff Timothy White, who died this past week was the 5-year-old boy kidnapped by Ken Parnell and saved by Steven Stayner. How tragic. He was only 35.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A shattered family April 15, 2010
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During 1972 when Steven Stayner was seven, a pedophile (Kenneth Parnell) in cahoots with another (Robert Murphy) who only helps in kidnapping Steven Stayner. It is a shocking true story of the notorious case of the kidnapping of Steven Stayner where Steven had been kidnapped for seven years and during that time his abductor (Parnell) had forced the young Steven Stayner into submission as well as brainwashing him. Everything changed when Kenneth Parnell, Steven Stayner's abductor, seven years later abducts another boy Timmy White and fourteen year-old Steve Stayner rescues Timmy white from Kenneth Parnell. Then Parnell is later arrested after Steve Stayner identifies himself to authorities and then later Murphy was subsequently arrested as well. Afterward, Steven Stayner struggles with realization of the confrontation Kenneth Parrell in and outside of court and the public exposure of sexual molestation. A great and alarming true story about the kidnapping and exploitation of children.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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First of all, this excellent film (originally made for TV) is NOT suitable for viewing by children. Some reviewers have described
it as a cautionary tale which they intend to show their young children. Please do NOT show this (even to a preteen) until
you have previewed it first. This is a sensitive depiction, with excellent performances, of the tragic life of Steven Stayner,
kidnapped at age seven and sexually abused for years by his kidnapper. Although not always graphic, the film manages to
convey the horrific circumstances of Steven's life after his kidnapping. I first saw this film on TV years ago and it has lost
none of its power. The second half of the film, after Steven (at age 14) returns home through a dramatic series of events which
are absolutely true, is not at all anti-climactic. Unlike many fictional films about kidnap victims, Steven does not easily
assimilate back into a "normal" life. I've never seen actor Corin Nemic in any other role.....but he makes an indelible impression
as Steven Stayner. He flawlessly portrays Steven's struggles to cope with the aftermath of the kidnapping, including feelings of guilt and anger. He finds love but also sees justice denied. Arliss Howard chose to be uncredited for his role as the
kidnapper; he's a very good actor and is the embodiment of evil in this film. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie
This movie shows the strength and courage of a young man, who overcame fear, and turned it into his strength. EXCELLENT movie, and thank you for sending it so fast!
Published 1 month ago by Alfred Arment
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie... Ok price
I love this movie. There is a very harsh lesson to be learned when trusting strangers and that you should never do that.
Published 4 months ago by Stephanie Norman
3.0 out of 5 stars Forget Me Not
This is the true story of a little boy lost - and found. And of the horrors that happened in between. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Taheen Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars I know My First Name Is Steven
I saw this movie years ago and was deeply moved by it. Well written and well acted, it gives us just a hint of what it must be like to go through something this devastating.
Published 7 months ago by Ruth Montgomery
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving
Good movie. Very sad and joyous at the same time. Good picture and the film is very moving and touching
Published 9 months ago by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars devastating and unforgettable
Piepel happens again but in America. If we understand from this what happened in the concentration camps to little boys, we would never forgive Germany. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dwight
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see for everyone!
Growing up my mom made us watch this movie every year it was on TV. I still love this movie. Such a sad heartbreaking story.
Published 13 months ago by Taunya
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it before
I have seen this movie on life time once, and they never played it again, I prefer true life movies, with and awesome story line.
Published 15 months ago by susan weiss
5.0 out of 5 stars marvelous steven
i like the story.
poor steven.how could they do that to the little child.
i so so angry with the kidnapper.the punishment he got was too light.
it not fare. Read more
Published 17 months ago by rosmani
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Old Movie
Sad movie, but its good. the shipment took a little longer than I expected it too, but other than that produce is recommended.
Published 17 months ago by Jessica Bautista
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