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Ann and Carlina of "Abducted: The Carlina White Story"

"Abducted: The Carlina White Story" review by Suzanne
Premieres October 6 8:00 pm on Lifetime

I really enjoyed this story, even though it was very sad. This woman, Ann, who is upset after losing her third baby, steals another woman's child.  She raises her for 20+ years, and the girl has her own baby, before the real mother finds them. It's such a sad story that the woman and her daughter lost all those years.

Even though the movie is called "The Carlina White story", we see most of the movie about the kidnapper, Ann. She is a sad, pathetic person without much love in her life, but she's also not only a kidnapper, but a thief and a liar, and someone who has a hard time taking any responsibility for the things she's done.  She's just not a good person, even though apparently she was not too bad of a mom to Carlina, whom she names Nedra.

Carlina's parents, Joy and Carl, not only lose their daughter but break up and have separate families with other people. At least they are able to go to college and have more children, but it's still very sad, what they went through.

The performances are excellent! Aunjanue Ellis is fabulous as Ann Pettway, the kidnapper. If you remember her from her other roles, she is almost unrecognizable here without the usual beautiful hair and makeup, since she's the villain and also poor.  Sherri Shephard plays Joy very well. Keke Palmer plays Carlina very well, and Roger Cross plays her dad, Carl. They all do wonderful work, as does Afton Williamson, who plays Ann's sister. Veteran actor/director Vondie Curtis Hall did a fine job with the movie, which also has a very good script.

I think you will enjoy this movie, too! You can't help but smile when Joy and Carl are reunited with Carlina.

MORE INFORMATION:

We are pleased to be premiering a very special Original movie Abducted: The Carlina White Story on Saturday, October 6 at 8:00PM ET/PT. Based on a true story, the film takes place in New York where a baby was kidnapped from Harlem Hospital in 1987. The birth parents never stopped searching, but it was the "baby" who finally found her birth parents and was reunited with them in 2011. The woman who abducted Carlina was sentenced to 12 years in prison last July in a New York court with Joy and Carl White in attendance.

Aunjanue Ellis (The Help, Missing) stars as Ann Pettway, Keke Palmer (True Jackson,VP, Joyful Noise) stars as Carlina White and Sherri Shepherd (The View, 30 Rock) stars as Joy White. Actor Vondie Curtis Hall (Gossip Girl, The Starter Wife) directed the film with music by Grammy(r) Award-winning Terrence Blanchard. 

In August of 1987, new parents Joy White and Carl Tyson  took their 19-day old daughter Carlina to Harlem Hospital in New York with a high fever.  Ann Pettway, who had suffered a series of miscarriages and was desperate for a child of her own, posed as a hospital nurse and befriended Carlina’s parents, even offering to watch over their daughter.  But shortly after Carlina was admitted, Pettway removed the child’s IV line, placed her in an oversized handbag, and walked out of the hospital with Carlina hidden from view.  While Joy and Carl desperately searched for their daughter over the years, Pettway was raising Carlina as Nejdra “Netty” Nance in Bridgeport, Connecticut – a mere 45 miles from New York City.  As Carlina grew older she began to suspect Pettway was not her birth mother and launched her own investigation.  After contacting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Carlina was reunited with her biological parents in January 2011. 

LIFETIME’S ABDUCTED: THE CARLINA WHITE STORY, STARRING AUNJANUE ELLIS, KEKE PALMER AND SHERRI SHEPHERD, TO PREMIERE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6

Movie Based On Headline-Making, Dramatic True Story of a Young Woman Reunited With Her Biological Parents 23 Years After She Was Kidnapped

NEW YORK, NY (August 28, 2012) – The original movie Abducted: The Carlina White Story, starring Aunjanue Ellis (The Help), Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP), and Emmy® Award winner Sherri Shepherd (The View), will make its world premiere on Saturday, October 6, at 8 pm ET/PT on Lifetime.  The film is based on a remarkable true story of the kidnapping of Carlina White (Palmer), who was abducted as an infant by Ann Pettway (Ellis) from a New York hospital and solved her own kidnapping and reunited with her biological parents 23 years later.  The case is reported to be the first known infant abduction from a New York hospital. On July 30th of this year, Pettway was sentenced in a New York court to 12 years in prison for kidnapping Carlina. 

In August of 1987, new parents Joy White (Shepherd) and Carl Tyson (Roger Cross, 24) took their 19-day-old daughter Carlina to Harlem Hospital in New York with a high fever.  Ann Pettway, who had suffered a series of miscarriages and was desperate for a child of her own, posed as a hospital nurse and walked out of the hospital with Carlina hidden from view.  While Joy and Carl desperately searched for their daughter over the years, Pettway was raising Carlina as Nejdra “Netty” Nance in Bridgeport, Connecticut – a mere 45 miles from New York City.  As Carlina grew older she began to suspect Pettway was not her birth mother and launched her own investigation.  After contacting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Carlina was reunited with her biological parents in January 2011.

Immediately following the movie at 10 pm ET/PT, Lifetime will premiere the hour-long documentary, Beyond the Headlines: Carlina White, featuring interviews with Carlina telling her own story, as well as her birth parents and the family of her kidnapper as they offer their own perspectives about the case.

In addition to Abducted:  The Carlina White Story, Lifetime will debut the world premiere of its highly anticipated original movie event Steel Magnolias, headlined by the all-star cast of Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Adepero Oduye, Condola Rashad, Jill Scott and Alfre Woodard on Sunday, October 7, at 9pm ET/PT.  The film is executive produced by Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere and Shelby Stone, and directed by Kenny Leon. 

Abducted:  The Carlina White Story is produced by Pilgrim Studios (Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial in Italy), with Emmy Award winner Craig Piligian serving as executive producer.  Mary Martin and Alan Gasmer also are executive producers. Emmy Award nominated actor/director Vondie Curtis Hall (Silent Voice, ER, The Shield) is directing the film, which was written by Elizabeth Hunter (Jumping the BroomSins of The Mother).  Music for the film was composed by Grammy® Award-winning and Golden Globe®-nominated composer and musician Terence Blanchard (Red Tails, 25th Hour, Malcolm X).

ABOUT LIFETIME

Lifetime Television is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families.  The network posted major growth in viewership among the key demographics in Second Quarter 2012 versus Second Quarter 2011, posting a 13% jump among Women 18-49, +5% among Adults 18-49 and +1% in Women 25-54.  Additionally, among Women 18-49, Lifetime marked the network’s strongest 2Q growth in 10 years.  Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks.  A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation. 


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