The Oct. 2007 movie Gone Baby Gone, Ben Affleck’s first film in the director’s chair, is a Boston-set tale of an abduction investigation: Casey Affleck plays the detective on the trail of a missing four-year-old named Amanda McCreadie. The film was completed prior to spring of that year—and based on a Dennis Lehane novel nearly a decade old at that point—but its premise bore an eerie similarity to the real-life case of Madeleine McCann. The British three-year-old McCann was last seen by her parents during a vacation to Portugal that May and has yet to be found. Although Gone Baby Gone is a U.S.-specific underworld story, far from the life of the McCann family, the actress who played Amanda was also named Madeleine and was, like McCann, blonde. Out of sensitivity to the case, Gone Baby Gone’s U.K. release was pushed from Dec. 2007 to June 2008.
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