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Jane Doe: Vanishing Act (2005)

TV-PG | | Mystery | TV Movie 21 January 2005
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... See full summary »

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James A. Contner

Writer:

Dean Hargrove
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Mystery

Certificate:

TV-PG
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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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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Jane Doe: You know what your problem is Darnell? Just can't help showing off.
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Followed by Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don't (2005) See more »

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20 October 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Central Security Agency is transporting Miles Crandall when he mysteriously go missing. The pilot has been disabled and the plane lands without its important passenger. Director Frank Darnell (Joe Penny) recalls former agent Cathy Davis (Lea Thompson) to find the satellite communication programmer. The puzzle loving Cathy has been living the suburban life with her husband and kids (Jessy Schram, Zack Shada) who don't know her previous life. The secret agency work out of a secret base in the back of a grocery store.

This reminds me a lot like a bad Disney movie. It goes overboard with the dramatics when Cathy is recruited back into the life. It tries so hard with a secret base but it all looks cheap. I get it. Back in day, Hallmark needed movies fast and furious but still hadn't zeroed in on its natural genre. It's done on the cheap despite the high concept. I do like the return to the 80s with Penny and Thompson. With the domestic double-life, it gives the whole movie a throwback feel. The espionage is not thrilling enough or big enough. The family drama is stuck on like a Disney movie. If not for my intrigue for the actors, this would be a complete skip.


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