The Red Maple Leaf

Synopsis: On a seemingly worry-free Ottawa morning, young Jenni Adams, daughter of U.S. Ambassador Patrick Adams, is snatched from right under the nose of her Secret Service detail. The blatant act has left the American authorities searching for answers with powerful pressure coming at them from every side. From senators all the way up to the President of the United States, the hunt is on to find this girl alive and return her to her family.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Frank D'Angelo
  9 wins & 8 nominations.
132 min

I loved my wife.

I loved her with all my heart.

She was everything to me.

She was the reason I existed.

And my daughter too.



We're late!

Come on! Ladies..

Honey, can't we just have one time?

Look.. A girl has

to look her best

on a big night like this.

You look spectacular.

It's her big night.

Aw, this makes me so happy..

The three of us being together as a family.

This is like my winning the lottery.

I love you ladies, it's gonna be special.

Love you too, dad.

Let's go.

I can't believe it, our baby's all grown up.

Eighteen, graduated.

I'm so proud of you.

She's still a baby.

She's a baby but she's also a grown woman.

Look at her, look how beautiful she is.

Hey, if you ask real nice I bet you can

get your dad to dance with you.

Tough guys don't dance, sweetie.

You're not so tough..

Your mother got you something

special for your graduation.

This is not just a big day for you.

We're very proud of you.

Listen, honey.

We got this for you because we want you to

know how much we love

you, how proud we are of

you but we also want you

to remember this night...

hopefully for the rest of

your life... to remember

this moment how much we love you.

And, for us, our love for

you is timeless, honey.

Oh, my god!

It's gorgeous.

Thank her.

She picked it,

I just gave her the credit card.

Oh.. What a

beautiful night, honey.

It was awesome and the food was great.

You know how to pick stuff for us.

No, but what made it special was the night,

was the daughter,

was the husband...

the family, come on.

I mean, there's nothing

better than this, huh?

It was amazing. Thank

you, guys, so much.

We need to do this more often.

I mean, I don't think we get out enough.

I'm serious. That

was a lot of fun.

Okay. That's music

to our ears, right?

We would love to do more of this with you.

Your job really takes you away from us,

but that's great, that's fantastic.

And I'm really proud..

Really, really proud of the university

you got into and we're still gonna be close.

Yeah! I know,

I'm so happy.

We'll only visit you once every other day.

I'll come in, I'll do your laundry.

Okay, sounds good to me.

The f*** is that?

What's happening?

Al? Al?


Al.. Al.. Al?

Thank god.

The f***, is this a bad dream?


I'm sorry.

I fell asleep for like three seconds.


You're sorry?

I'm gonna f***ing kill you.

I'm gonna f***ing rip your face off!

You're sorry?

I'm gonna destroy you!

Gonna break

your f***in' n-

I'm gonna f***ing kill you!

I miss my wife and I miss my daughter.

I wish I would have died with them.

The only thing that keeps

me breathing is my job.













Whoa, wake up.

What are you doing here?

It's my day off.

Get out of here.

I know it's your day off, I'm sorry.

Why don't you sleep in the bed?

Two and a half years,

you're always on the couch.

Would you stop touching my thigh, you pig?

Al, we gotta go.

I'm not going nowhere.

The director called, it's urgent.

I worked 15 f***ing hours a day,

seven days straight.

I'm off today, send somebody else.

Al, listen.

I'm sorry but we gotta go.

Don't step on my f***ing shoes.

Nobody's stepping on your shoes,

we gotta go.

I've been f***ing calling you for the

last two hours.

We gotta go!


Where are we going?

What are we doing?

The director

wants us there.. Now.

Like, now.

Do I got time for a shower?

I'm sorry, you don't.

How about an Italian shower?

What's that?

I throw my balls in the sink and

give 'em a little freshening up.

Jesus Christ.

Come on, al.


You okay?


F***, you're lucky you didn't get towed.

Who's gonna tow me?

Okay, we'll go in my car.

We'll go in my car,

I'm not gonna drive in a minivan.

Jesus Christ, you okay?

You okay?

Will you stop it?

You're like an old lady.

Look how you parked, let's take my car.

Can you please fill me

in on what's going on?

Who called you?

I already told you, the director.


Of course himself.

Wow. You

didn't say to him

"palermo's been

working 17-18 hour days.

This is the first f***ing day off

in 18 f***ing

straight days?"

He knows that, he knows that.

Ah, come on in, fellas.

These are my two top investigators here.

Introduce yourselves.

Robert Santos.

Nice to meet you.

Margaret Adams.

Sorry to meet under these circumstances.

Agent Derek Sampson.

Robert Santos.


How are you?


Nice to see you again.

Sit down.. Pull up

a chair, will you?

I'm good here if you don't mind.

Okay. Relax,

everybody have a seat.

Let's proceed.

Proceed, please.

At approximately

45 this morning

I arrived at the Adams' home

to take young miss Adams to school.

Alright, sir, you have

a meeting from 9:00 to

00 am with the

Canadian minister of

finance for, I would say maybe two hours.

Is that about enough time for that?


So then after that you'll have a meeting

with the department of water and power.

We told her we were taking her

after school today.

Did you forget?

No, I did not forget.

I tell you

what. Marie?

Clear my slate for the day.

I'm gonna spend it with my family.


Mom, can I have some money?


Um, do you have cash?

Um.. Yes,

I do.

Here, sweetie.


Is this okay to wear today?

Should I wear it?

Yes, of course you should wear it.

You look absolutely gorgeous, as always.


At about 7:
50 she came

outside and informed me

she would prefer to walk.

It's exactly a 12 minute walk,

we've done it before.

Around 8:
00 am we

were waiting to cross

rideau street..

I looked at my phone and, um..

That point she crossed

and we became separated.

I yelled her name but she

had her headphones in,

she did not hear me.

When traffic allowed me

to pass she had rounded

the corner in the alley,

at which point I-

may I interrupt you for a second, please?

You took your eyes off her?

That's correct.

I should've never taken my eyes off her.

But I did for one second.

I then tried to cross,

there was a truck

in my way, and so-

you took your eyes off her.

Okay, my daughter is missing.

Mrs. Adams?

Do something.

We're taking care of it.

Mrs. Adams,

they're our top two

lead investigators on this case.

Continue, please.


Hang on!


When she rounded the corner,

at that point is when I...

..Saw her headphones

on the ground.


I cased the immediate area and

when I did not find her I called it in.

This is special agent Derek Sampson.

We have a situation.

Dispatch Ottawa police immediately.

With all due respect, sir,

this is an American citizen.

I think that we should

lead the investigation.

How can you lead the investigation?

You're in Canada.

Whether it's an abduction or a kidnapping..

It's Canadian.

We got jurisdiction.

Do we not?

Excuse me.

I'm here, sir, at the personal request

of the president of the United States.

Now, if you will allow us, as observers

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Frank D'Angelo

Frank D'Angelo (born April 23, 1959) is a Canadian entrepreneur in the beverage industry. He is the founder of D'Angelo Brands and Steelback Brewery and is a host on The Being Frank Show, a weekly Canadian late night talk show. D'Angelo is also the writer, producer, director, and star of several films produced through his In Your Ear Productions. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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