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James A. Contner

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Dean Hargrove
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lea Thompson ... Cathy Davis
Joe Penny ... Frank Darnell
William R. Moses ... Jack Davis (as Billy Moses)
Jessy Schram ... Susan Davis
Zack Shada ... Nick Davis
Tom Schanley ... Russ O'Connor
John Mese ... Lloyd McMasters
Tom Virtue ... Trevor Martin
Jim O'Heir ... Air Traffic Controller
Rick Ravanello ... Lacey Hartmann
Aaron Lustig ... Miles Crandall
Jimmy Bridges ... Airfield Federal Agent (as James Bridges)
Tait Smith Tait Smith ... Tad
Karly Rothenberg ... Heather Turnball
Cissy Wellman ... Eunice Crandall
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Frank Darnell, director of the Central Security Agency (CSA), is at a loss when Miles Crandall, the genius who writes top-secret satellite communication software for his Pentagon-contracted company, disappears from a private jet flight, apparently by parachute, over the desert. CSA vet Cathy Davis, who retired to be a mother to husband Jack ad their kids, is secretly called in to solve the riddle, ironic given her cover as game designer for the US Puzzle Co. They soon realize the escape was staged, the question remains by whom and why. Meanwhile, Nick an unpopular bright nerd runs for class secretary, his haughty sister Susan fails to join the cheerleaders. Written by KGF Vissers

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 2005 (USA) See more »

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Fedőneve: Jane Doe - Váratlan eltűnés See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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The aircraft seen at the beginning of the movie is a Beech 200 Turbo Prop with the registry number N269LS. See more »

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At the beginning of the film when the plane lands you can clearly see two people in the cockpit, although the plot has only one person on plane. See more »

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Frank Darnell: What do you think? These tomatoes a little ripe?
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another entry into the Hallmark mystery series
13 March 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Lea Thompson plays an ex-government agent, now a wife and mother. She is re-drafted by her ex-beau, played by Joe Penny, to help on a strange case. Thompson's work now is devising puzzles, and the government has a beaut. How can a man riding in a plane knock out the pilot, have the plane dip under the radar, and disappear from the plane in ten seconds? These types of cases were what the dashing dilettante Banacek toyed with in the '70s. The setting here is a little more ordinary but somehow more likable, thanks to its cast of Thompson, William R. Moses, and Joe Penny. It's great to see all of them again, even if it's only semi-regular TV.

This is pleasant enough fare from Dean Hargrove, who brought you the clean entertainment of Matlock, the Perry Mason TV movies, Jake and the Fatman, and many episodes of Columbo - in fact, he was the producer of the NBC Mystery Movie, which the Hallmark rotations emulate. These shows aren't as good as McCloud, Columbo, et al., but make for enjoyable watching.

By the way, all these Hallmark TV mystery movies have ratings of 6 or 7 on IMDb, which are a little on the high side, but no comments. Hmmm.


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