An examination of the infamous thirty-year-old cold case of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch, the first missing child to appear on a milk carton. The film focuses on Johnny's mother and her relentless quest to find the truth about what happened to her son. Along the way there have been mysterious sightings, strange clues, bizarre revelations, and a confrontation with a person who claims to have helped abduct Johnny. This thought provoking film captures the endless intrigue of the most spellbinding missing person's case in U.S. history.
The team behind Battle for Brooklyn and Horns and Halos has uncovered an incredible story full of mystery, shock, and suspense, and their presentation of it is masterful. For those willing to grapple with the dark side of human nature and the American experience, there isn’t a more gripping documentary experience.
The only comparisons that do WHO TOOK JOHNNY justice are to some the
all-time heavy-hitters of true-crime documentary—films like Capturing
the Friedmans, The Thin Blue Line, and the Paradise Lost trilogy. It’s a viewing experience of that magnitude, keeping viewers on the edge of their seat as mind-blowing new details continue to come forward, calling into question everyone on screen and everything we think we know. In the process, it delivers an unsettling descent into the troubled psyche lurking just beneath the idyllic veneer of Reagan-era America.
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