The Elizabeth Smart Story

  • Bobby Roth (2003)
  • US
  • 86 min
The Elizabeth Smart Story
Film Review
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2 out of 5

The kidnapping of a Utah teenager by the odd-job man hired by her mother sparked a media circus back in 2002. However, the opportunity to explore how a family copes with a trauma while in the public gaze is largely missed in this typically sensationalist TV movie, which was made with the Smarts's co-operation. Lindsay Frost manages a semblance of credible guilt at exposing her daughter to religious fanatic Tom Everett. But Dylan Baker is largely wasted as her steadfast husband, and the need to reach a mainstream audience results in director Bobby Roth's movie being an overly sanitised affair.

Plot Summary

Kidnap drama based on a true story, starring Lindsay Frost and Dylan Baker. In 2002, 13-year-old Elizabeth Smart was snatched from her Salt Lake City home. The search for her turned into a media event and her parents were prepared to use any resource to get her back. Then, with all hope beginning to fade, the case took a remarkable turn.

Cast and crew


Lois Smart
Lindsay Frost
Ed Smart
Dylan Baker
Elizabeth Smart
Amber Marshall
Mary Katherine Smart
Hannah Lochner
Charles Smart
Tyler Kyte
Andrew Smart
Jacob Kraemer
William Smart
Luke MacInnis
Wanda Barzee
Hollis McLaren
Tom Everett
Marc Klaas
Barry Flatman


Bobby Roth

Other Information

Edited for violence and language.