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TAKEN FROM ME: THE TIFFANY RUBIN STORY is based on the dramatic true story of Tiffany Rubin s (Taraji P. Henson, Academy Award-nominee for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) daring 2008 rescue of her six-year-old son, Kobe, after he was abducted by his biological father and taken from his home in Queens, New York, all the way to Seoul, South Korea. At the urging of her mother Belzora (Beverly Todd, The Bucket List), Tiffany seeks the counsel of Mark Miller (Terry O Quinn, Lost) and his charitable organization, the American Association for Lost Children. With Mark s help, Tiffany is able to travel to Korea to execute a high-stakes plan to bring her son home.

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A mother's nightmare comes to life when a figure from the past kidnaps her child. In this Lifetime movie, Tiffany Rubin (Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), a New York teacher, shares a happy home life with her son, Kobe (Drew Davis), and her husband (David Haydn-Jones), but then she lets Kobe travel to Disneyworld with his Korean-American father, Jeff (Sean Baek). Her mother (Beverly Todd) disapproves of the arrangement, since Jeff has never paid child support, but Tiffany believes her ex-boyfriend has gotten his act together. Her opinion changes when she can't reach him by phone and finds his apartment empty. She seeks help from the police, who find that he's taken Kobe to South Korea, after which she contacts the FBI and meets with investigators, but they're either too slow or too expensive. In desperation, she turns to Mark Miller (Lost's Terry O'Quinn, bringing his usual gravitas) from the American Association for Lost Children. Miller recommends that she reach out to other teachers in Korea, which helps to pinpoint Kobe's location, so they take off for Seoul to bring her boy home. If they fail, they risk serious legal consequences. Henson has proven her acting chops in movies like Hustle and Flow, but she's less effective here, at least in the crying scenes, where she overdoes the theatrics (she's more believable when the tide starts to turn). Fortunately, that doesn't make Rubin's ordeal any less significant; and other parents could learn from her experience. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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  • Actors: Taraji P. Henson, Beverly Todd, Terry O Quinn
  • Directors: Lifetime
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MCGNS0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,977 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 media hype and sensational coverage to deliver a compelling true life story. And in its simplicity, "Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story" is one of the network's more heartfelt entries into this overstuffed format. Level-headed and real, this accounting benefits from a solidly constructed screenplay and terrifically understated performances. In truth, it may just be the best Lifetime film 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?

The wonderful Taraji P. Henson portrays Rubin. After her ex-husband takes their son for a week long vacation, Rubin becomes alarmed when they seem to fall off the face of the earth. Soon, it is discovered that the pair have fled the country. There seems to be little chance of Rubin even finding her son, much less bringing him home again--and, as you might expect, this is devastating for Rubin and her family. In a grounded story of mother love and perseverance, the boy is located and Rubin is determined that he should be brought home even if that brands her an international criminal. The film adds a couple of unnecessary thriller elements to the concluding chapter for dramatic purposes, but never loses sight of its true strength--it has created real characters that you actually care about!

Henson, as I mentioned, is perfect.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Khrish on July 10, 2011
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I really did enjoy this film. The performance given by Hinson was up to the wonderful performances that I have come to expect of her, as well ans seeing one of my old favorites Beverly Todd still doing her wonderful acting. I was kept on the edge of my seat during the whole Korean visit. I have watched it 3 times already and feel certain that I shall watch it again.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Jones on July 29, 2011
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yes it was based on a true story and after the premiere, the real woman had her own program come on after it going into further detail on the experience. must've been an awful nightmare for her! for film viewers, this is the one you should see! taraji does an excellent job portraying a mother trying to get her kid back!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on August 13, 2012
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Lifetime's interesting film about child abduction...well actually the child was with his father, but in a different country. The story is one of a mother's persistence in getting her son back, even if it means risking prison because she doesn't play by the rules. Tiffany Rubin (Taraji P. Henson) was able to pull it off because she had support from her second husband, a stranger who cared, a teacher who cared, and the US embassy which did everything it could within the law.

The drama and dialouge aspect of the film was less than most films of this type, most likely because it kept to the real tale and didn't take as many liberties with dramatization other than the anachronism about Bill Clinton negotiating the release of the journalists. Good heart warming film, but not a nail biter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By musemoss on December 19, 2011
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Touching, moving. Grab a box of tissue. Invite friends and family. This is quite an eye opener as well as overwhelming at times.
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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 media hype and sensational coverage to deliver a compelling true life story. And in its simplicity, "Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story" is one of the network's more heartfelt entries into this overstuffed format. Level-headed and real, this accounting benefits from a solidly constructed screenplay and terrifically understated performances. In truth, it may just be the best Lifetime film 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?

The wonderful Taraji P. Henson portrays Rubin. After her ex-husband takes their son for a week long vacation, Rubin becomes alarmed when they seem to fall off the face of the earth. Soon, it is discovered that the pair have fled the country. There seems to be little chance of Rubin even finding her son, much less bringing him home again--and, as you might expect, this is devastating for Rubin and her family. In a grounded story of mother love and perseverance, the boy is located and Rubin is determined that he should be brought home even if that brands her an international criminal. The film adds a couple of unnecessary thriller elements to the concluding chapter for dramatic purposes, but never loses sight of its true strength--it has created real characters that you actually care about!

Henson, as I mentioned, is perfect.
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