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Gone, Baby, Gone

DVD - 2008
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Gone, Baby, Gone
Amanda McCready is a 4-year-old who has disappeared from her Boston home. The police make little headway in solving the case, so the girl's aunt hires Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, private detectives. They freely admit that they have little experience with this type of case, but the family wants them for two reasons: they're not cops and they know the tough neighborhood in which they all live. As the case progresses, Patrick and Angie must face area drug dealers, gangs and pedophiles. When they finally solve the case, they are faced with a moral dilemma that tears them apart.

Publisher: Burbank, CA : Miramax Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2008]
ISBN: 0788875612
Branch Call Number: Gon
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 114 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 26, 2015

A very serious and intense dramatic film with a star studded cast. Casey Affleck shows great dramatic talent here with his brother, Ben behind the camera.

Based on a Dennis Lehane novel!

Jan 17, 2015

The disappearance of a child strikes at the core of every human being; in one way or another it almost seems like society has failed. Isn't that what's important instead of movies like this one who can't stop from using profanity in every sentence?
We know the mother is a drug addict and hangs with derelicts that are one and the same, we know the police is corrupt and so is the uncle and we also know that the part that Morgan Freeman portrayed was one where he was trying to rescue a child when in reality he had lost his own. However, is it really necessary to make sure they curse to make the scene more real? NO! Emphatically NO!
A very serious and sad situation that goes on today was hindered by the profanity these actors used; it was overkill; stick to the story line and stop trying to be tough guys by your language, only to get a reaction from your viewers. A person pays more attention to that (another one, another one, another one, still another one) instead of what's really going on. And and in Boston? Umm ok.

Sep 02, 2014
  • pugterranian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ben Affleck’s outstanding directorial debut. Like Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone is based on a Dennis Lehane novel set in the tough and seedy neighborhoods of South Boston. Affleck does Eastwood one better here by employing a style of gritty realism, whereas Mystic was a little slick for my taste (the notoriously overacting Sean Penn in the leading role didn’t help). The entire cast is spot-on, especially Amy Ryan as a drug-addict who can’t properly care for a dog, much less a young child. Gripping, at times heart-stopping, Gone Baby Gone is most impressive in exploring the tough moral choices desperate people are forced to make. When is obeying the law merely rule-following, and the best moral course of action is a slippery slope?

Oct 21, 2013
  • jds1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Whew! Tense movie, excellent story line (with twists). Gets you thinking...what would I do? I recomend watching this movie.

Aug 22, 2013
  • AGuyInAHat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

After watching 'Mystic River', I was excited to learn that the book this film was based on was written by the same author of 'Mystic River', but my heart sank a little when I saw that Clint Eastwood was not directing it. I had never seen Ben Affleck as a director, and even though I love this movie, I feel that he was borrowing more from other directors that he has worked with and his no doubt countless hours on movie sets to direct this. If he had also acted in this film I would probably have been more impressed. This is the kind of film where story is placed second behind emotion and thought-provoking questions. As I watched the film I kept asking myself 'What is the best way to raise a child?', 'How can we know for certain what a child wants, if we don't know what a child wants, how can we make them happy, and give them a future they deserve?', these are only a couple but you get the idea. People who think that the story is the most important part of a movie should definitely watch more movies, sometimes a film is made only for the reaction it gives, or the questions it makes you ask. 'Gone Baby Gone' is one of these films, taking a relatively simple story of a kidnapped child, turning it on itself and asking the audience. 'Do you really know what's best as a parent?'

Aug 03, 2013
  • daveb99 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

The script, direction, and acting is weak. Morgan Freeman is the best professional in this bunch and even he does a poor job. Maybe it's rookie direction.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I found this Boston based suspense drama to be VERY well done (despite some horrible attempts at a Boston accent). The story is original, and realistic. Difficult and complex morality issues. Casey Affleck delivers a terrific performance. Surprising directing accomplishment by brother Ben, too.

Nov 27, 2012
  • Keogh rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Actor turned director Ben Affleck helms this intricate film about the disappearance of a girl, the involvement of private investigators, and the unveiling of secrets. This isn't the sort of film that'll appeal to everyone, but it's rewarding for those who give it the attention it deserves. Disturbing at times, and intensely driven by character.

Oct 23, 2012
  • kitten55 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Tina R. Cooper says: Very Good, but sad, this type of S _ _ _ _ happens". Oh so possible!

Aug 11, 2012
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Very well acted but the plot does not make sense.

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Jan 16, 2013
  • epotter8811 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 20, 2010
  • Alexia Huibers rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Aug 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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Aug 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally. Based on the Dennis Lehane novel.


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Aug 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Detective Remy Bressant: Kids forgive, they don't judge, they turn the other cheek, and what do they get for it?

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