I Know My First Name Is Steven
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I Know My First Name Is Steven is a 1989 American television miniseries about kidnap victim Steven Stayner. The two-part miniseries was first broadcast by NBC on May 21–22, 1989. Screening rights were sold to a number of international television companies including the BBC, which screened the miniseries in mid-July of the following year; later still, it was released as a feature-length movie. It was nominated as Best Miniseries or Television Film at the 47th Golden Globe Awards and received four Emmy Award nominations.
|I Know My First Name Is Steven|
|Written by||Mike Echols|
|Directed by||Larry Elikann|
|Theme music composer||David Shire|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||2|
|Producer(s)||Kim C. Friese|
Peter V. White
|Running time||180 mins.|
|Production company(s)||Andrew Adelson Company|
Warner Bros. Television
|Original release||May 21 –|
Steven Stayner, a seven year-old boy, is kidnapped by Kenneth, a man caught up in his isolation and loneliness, finding that the only solution to the problem is to claim a boy for his own. Once he, with the help of his partner in crime, Irving Murphy, manages to follow through with his plan, he immediately begins to "groom" and bribe Steven to desire to stay with him. Steven, however, despite protesting against Kenneth, saying that he wanted to go home, had no choice in the matter. As the sexual abuse happened for the first time, Steven moaned, "leave me alone," and Kenneth responded by continuing his acts saying, "Don't be afraid." These acts of molestation, child rape, and holding photos of Steven naked, continued for seven years.
It wasn't until Steven was fourteen, that the abuse was disclosed, and he was rescued from his perpetrator. Because Kenneth kidnapped another young child, a boy named Timmy, Steven built up the courage to prevent Timmy from going through the same thing that he went through when he was Timmy's age. He brought Timmy to the police, and when he did, he was questioned and pressed until he confessed that he was the victim of a kidnapping by his "dad," Kenneth.
Steven later testified in court on Timmy's behalf, and then later, in a hearing for accusations of the crimes that Kenneth committed against himself. After a painful testimony, Kenneth only received twenty months in prison for the kidnapping and sexual abuse against Steven.
- Cindy Pickett - Kay Stayner
- John Ashton - Del Stayner
- Corin Nemec - Steven Stayner / Dennis Parnell
- Luke Edwards - Steven Stayner (Age 7)
- Pruitt Taylor Vince - Irving Murphy
- Ray Walston - Bob Augustine
- Gregg Henry - Officer Kean
- Jim Haynie - Officer Scott
- Barbara Tarbuck - School Counselor
- Scott Curtis - Cary Stayner (Age 11)
- Arliss Howard - Kenneth Parnell (uncredited)
- Stephen Dorff - Pete
- Beth Grant - Mrs. Beta