Directed by Jim Donovan, Lifetime’s ‘Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story’ (originally titled ’53 Days: The Abduction of Mary Stauffer’) is a thriller movie based on the true story of Mary Stauffer’s abduction on May 16, 1980. It centers on a teacher named Mary Stauffer and her eight-year-old daughter, Beth, who are abducted at gunpoint and forced into the trunk of their car. The kidnapper, Ming Sen Shiue, is a student Mary had taught 15 years back and has been obsessed with her.
Mary and Beth are held captive for 53 days, suffering torture, rape, and multiple threats, with only divine faith to help them escape their terrifying nightmare. ‘Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story’ is filled with powerful performances, and its true story backdrop and exciting locations add to the thrill. If you, too, are wondering where exactly it was shot, we have your back. Let’s find out!
Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story Filming Locations
‘Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story’ was filmed entirely in British Columbia, mainly in Greater Vancouver. Principal photography most likely commenced in the summer of 2019 and was wrapped up within 16 days. Now, let’s take a closer look at the locations featured in the Lifetime movie!
Greater Vancouver, British Columbia
‘Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story’ was primarily lensed in Greater Vancouver, a metropolitan region with Vancouver at its center. Specifically, a significant portion of the movie was taped in Maple Ridge, a city on the northeastern side of the area. It is known for its friendly neighborhoods and scenic beauty. Besides, the cast and crew reportedly taped some scenes in Vancouver. Maple Ridge has ample heritage buildings, beautiful mansions, and sprawling farmhouses. Some of the city’s recognizable landmarks are the Arts Centre and Theatre, Memorial Peace Park, and Maple Ridge Art Gallery.
Over the years, the entertainment industry has gradually become essential to the city’s economy. It also has the Ridge Film Studios, a popular shooting location for many TV series and movies. Due to its geographical diversity, Maple Ridge has been used for production landscapes ranging from New York to the Scottish Highlands. Local businesses and residential neighborhoods are open to filming, making it easier to receive permits. Some movies shot in Maple Ridge are ‘Jumanji,’ ‘Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas,’ ‘Rambo,’ ‘Road to Christmas,’ and ‘Stargate SG-1.’
Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story Cast
Alyson Hannigan does a brilliant job portraying Mary Stauffer in the Lifetime thriller. Hannigan’s other notable acting credits include ‘American Pie,’ ‘Buffy the Vampire Hunter,’ and ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ among others. On the other hand, Howie Lai gives a spine-chilling performance as the abductor, Ming Sen Shiue. You may remember the actor from his work in ‘Debris,’ ‘Arrow,’ and ‘Second Chance.’
Other cast members include Daphne Hoskins (Beth Stauffer), Daniel Nemes (Irv Stauffer), Miles Phoenix Foley (Steven Stauffer), Karly Warkentin (Sarah), Reese Alexander (Sgt Wyatt Rayburn), Harper Postma (Jason), and Ronald Patrick Thompson (Deputy Taylor). Furthermore, Bronwen Smith (Kris Dunlap), Corina Akeson (Ann), Serge Jaswal (Robert), Ash Lee (Brian), Rhona Rees (Deputy Knowles), Jake T. Roberts (Sheriff Decker), and Kai Shaw (Trevor) appear in pivotal roles.
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