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Race Against Time: The Search for Sarah (1996)

The true story of the disappearance of Sarah Porter. With no help from the police, Sarah's parents are forced to act on their own to find her. They must battle the bureaucracy of the police... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patty Duke ... Natalie Porter
Richard Crenna ... John Porter
Katy Boyer ... Danielle
Missy Crider ... Lydia
Jon Gries ... Steve
Ele Keats ... Sarah Porter
Liza Snyder ... Martha
Sydney Walsh ... Sandy
Brian T. Finney ... Robb
Steve Eastin ... Ben
Charles Grant Charles Grant ... Eric
Caitlin Wachs ... Amy
Granville Ames ... Dr. Greenwood
Shari Shaw Shari Shaw ... Another Officer (as Shari Ballard)
Clement Blake ... Ed (as Clement E. Blake)
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The true story of the disappearance of Sarah Porter. With no help from the police, Sarah's parents are forced to act on their own to find her. They must battle the bureaucracy of the police department while they are searching all over town for clues to Sarah's whereabouts. When the crucial clue is discovered, Shara's father confronts her kidnapper at gunpoint. Written by DANIEL

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carrera contra el tiempo See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Second time actress Ele Keats had to play a real-life person, after her portrayal of Susana Parrado in Alive (1993). See more »

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Film does not live up to its premise.
31 December 2000 | by rhsingerSee all my reviews

The premise was a good one: Parents desperately searching for a daughter that the Police refuse to acknowledge as missing. But this movie fails miserably in a lot of ways.

Patty Duke and Richard Crenna cannot be proud of what I can only term a very badly written script. One that they were forced to enact. There are so many unbelievable scenes, with badly written dialogue, that I sat here saying, 'I don't BELIEVE this!' numerous times.

And the Producers decided to enhance the seriousness of the plot, by making everything grey/beige: the sets; the furniture; the clothes; and, I swear, the makeup; and whoever decided to do Patty Duke's hair that way????

These are two of my very favorite actors, and even though, 'Art imitates life' in this case it HAS to be a very poor imitation of what went on. How many scenes must we be forced to endure with Patty wringing her hands, while Richard, the Police, other family members and friends show total indifference? C'mon, this girl was missing for way over 48 hours! SOMEONE must have believed she was in trouble, other than the Mother and the one daughter?

And the denouement was totally trite, and completely unbelievable....


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