Factory worker Thomas Hacklin has moved on with life after divorce. He plays baseball on weekends, dates a little, and never misses a scheduled visit with his two young children. One day he shows up for a visit and finds his children are gone.
Variety - 03/19/1980
"...[Caan] has managed to create an atmosphere and stay true to his subject....Jill Eikenberry is heart-warming..."
New York Times - 03/21/1980
"...An unusually satisfying, almost perfectly scaled little melodrama....The performances are abrasively right..."
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Factory worker Thomas Hacklin has moved on with life after divorce. He plays baseball on weekends, dates a little, and never misses a scheduled visit with his two young children. But one day Hacklin shows up for a visit and finds his children are gone. They, Hacklin's ex and the mob-informant she married have been whisked into the secrecy of the witness relocation program. James Caan directs and stars in a compelling true-life tale of a father determined to find and reclaim his children, defying federal agents and anyone else standing in his way. Get caught up in "an unusually satisfying, almost perfectly scaled little melodrama about so-called ordinary people trapped in extraordinary events" (Vincent Canby, The New York Times).
Based on a true story, this film is a statement of one man's fight against an oppressive government. A father's efforts to find his missing children are blocked by both the Mafia and the government after his ex-wife's new husband turns state's evidence.
Based on a true story that took place in Buffalo, New York in 1967, a newly-divorced blue collar worker is faced with the disappearance of his children who are moved, along with his ex-wife and her new husband, protected under the witness relocation program after he informs on the mob for the Justice Department.
Shot in Buffalo, New York and New Mexico, in Metrocolor and Panavision.
Directorial debut for American actor James Caan.
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