Cleveland Abduction

Synopsis: In 2002, the single mother Michelle Knight is walking to the court for the custody case of her five year-old son Joey, of whom she had lost custody. She realizes that she is late and accepts the ride from her acquaintance Ariel Castro, who is the father of a schoolmate. He lures Michelle telling that his dog delivered several puppies and he would like to give one to her for Joey. Once inside his house, he imprisons her with chains in a dark room. For eleven years, Michelle is beaten and submitted to sexual abuse and abortion. In 2003 and 2004, Ariel also kidnaps and abuses Amanda Berry, who has a child with him, and Gina DeJesus. In 2013, Amanda succeeds in escaping from the house and the police arrive and release the women.
Director(s): Alex Kalymnios
Production: Sony Pictures
  1 nomination.
88 min

Row, row, row your boat

Gently down the stream

Merrily, merrily,

merrily merrily

Life is but a dream

Row, row, row your boat

Gently down a stream

And if you see

a crocodile

Go ahead and...


I have to go to work,

huggy bear.



But if I don't get a job,

then we won't

get our own place.

Then we can sing,

"Merrily, merrily,

merrily, merrily,"

all day long every day,

and play...Train Man.

No, Train Man now!


- Choo-choo-choo!

- Here we go. Go.

I'm gonna be

the rotten egg.

Ah, you won!


Mom, I've got to go,

come on.

Come here, baby boy.

Come to Grandma.

Mom, if he's playing

in the yard,

can you--can you please

watch over him?

And put him down

for a nap.

He'll be a grumpy monster

otherwise, all day.

Enough already.

I took care of you,

and you didn't

get eaten by tigers,

did you?

You really want to get

into that right now?

If you want a job,

you better get moving.

Joey, guess what.

When I get back today,

I'm gonna have a job.

And guess who's

gonna bring you

the biggest present ever?



- Here you go.

- Okay.

I hope you don't mind, but...

I've never worked

at a laundromat before.

I think you'd

do good here.

Oh, yes, that's awesome.

Just one more blank

to fill in,

the year you graduated

high school.

Yeah...well, I wanted

to finish high school,

but I didn't have nobody

to watch my kid.

But I swear to you,

if you hire me,

you won't be sorry.

Oh, honey...

I wish I could.



Where's my mom?

She's supposed

to be watching him.

What are you playing with?

Come here, baby.

What, no.

Let go of my mommy.

You little bastard!

Ms. Knight,

may I speak with you?


The injuries your son suffered

are consistent with abuse.

No, no, no, no.

I told the doctor,

he fell off

the slide today.

Michelle, until we know

that you can provide

a safer environment,

I'm going to have

to recommend--

Please, don't take my son.



You don't understand.


He's so sensitive.


He needs me.

Like, he'll be crushed.


Please don't take

my baby.

You can't just take

someone's baby from them.

It's not right.

Hey, Michelle,

you see Joey today?

Yeah, he's so amazing.

When's he gonna be home?

Well, they said,

now that I'm out

of my mom's house

and I'm living

with my cousin,

the social worker

said, like, two weeks.

- Whoa, two weeks?

- Mm-hmm.

My hearing's on Tuesday,

and I've been putting

millions of applications.

And guess what?

I already got three of them

that called me back.

- Wow.

- I know.

Oh, it's my dad, listen to

how much of a goofball he is.


Ready to go?

'Cause I'm heading down 45th,

fixing to pick you up.

I'm on the porch.

I'll see you in a second, mija.

Wow, a dad that's

still around, huh?

What a concept.

We're not, like,

that perfect family.

All right.

I'll see ya.

Good luck at

your court hearing.

Okay, bye.


- It's me.

- Hey, you almost here?

- I'm not gonna make it.

- What?

I'm sorry, I just

lost track of the time.

You lost track of the time?

If I don't get to court on time,

they're gonna report me.

It's only 11:

You have till 2:

You know what

I'll just get myself there.

But honey--

Right back

in the corner.

- Excuse me.

- Hi.

Do you know where

2950 Bridge Avenue is?

I have no idea.

- Okay.

- Sorry.

I know where it is.

You know it?

I know you.

Emily's dad.

Yeah, I live

right near to her mom.

You know where

this address is?

Yeah, it's a 45-minute

walk from here, at least.

45 minutes?

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