‘I Am Elizabeth Smart’: Lifetime Movie Remake Of CBS’ 2003 ‘The Elizabeth Smart Story’


I Am Elizabeth Smart is a thrilling new Lifetime movie based on the true story of Elizabeth Smart. For the past few years, Lifetime has sought to remake several true-crime movies, which previously aired on their network. Lifetime’s 2017 movie I Am Elizabeth Smart tells the tale of a 14-year-old girl who was abducted from her suburban Salt Lake City home and held against her will for almost a year by crazed religious fanatics: Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee. I Am Elizabeth Smart stars Alana Boden and Skeet Ulrich, according to FOX News.


I Am Elizabeth Smart: Lifetime Movie Plot/Synopsis

The gripping account of the 15-year anniversary of the abduction of Elizabeth Smart.



“I Am Elizabeth’ The True-Story Movie

In 2002, Elizabeth Smart, age 14, was abducted from her home in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her abduction caused an immediate media frenzy as police searched aggressively for the kidnapped teen. Smart was taken from the bedroom she shared with her baby sister. Her sister watched the abduction unfold and alerted her parents hours later. For nine months, Elizabeth Smart’s parents had no idea where she was. The truth was Elizabeth was assaulted, starved, and held captive at a site, where she was forced to participate in bizarre religious-based rituals. Her little sister helped solve the case after she suddenly remembered the name of the man who kidnapped her sister.





The new Elizabeth Smart movie delves more into what the teen was thinking during her captivity, and how she ultimately survived. I Am Elizabeth Smart is not the first movie about the Elizabeth Smart-Brian David Mitchell abduction. Her story was first told 14-years-ago. The Elizabeth Smart Story debuted on the CBS Network on Sunday, November 9, 2003. Lifetime, which aired the movie for years, calls the 2003 movie a “rush-to-air” movie. The network says their version, I Am Elizabeth Smart, is a more definitive account told from Elizabeth Smart’s day-by-day perspective. CBS’ The Elizabeth Smart Story was told from the point of view of the detectives and law enforcement officials, who worked the case.



Today, Elizabeth Smart is an activist and journalist. TV Crime Sky had the opportunity to view a special screening of the movie. This is a world-premiere movie you won’t want to miss.  I Am Elizabeth Smart premieres on Lifetime this Saturday, November 17, at 8/7 p.m. Central. Recently, Lifetime aired Flint, which was also based on a true story.


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Traciy Curry-Reyes

Traciy Curry-Reyes is the founder and editor-in-chief of TV Crime Sky. She began her career as a true crime & entertainment freelance writer in the 1990's for her website, The Movies Based on True Stories Database/Archives. She has contributed content to other websites, such as Examiner.com and Inquisitr.com. Traciy also appears as a true-crime expert and commentator on TV One's Fatal Attraction, For My Man, and Justice by Any Means; Investigation Discovery's Murder Calls and Scorned; Oxygen's Snapped; FOX's Crime Watch Daily; and Lifetime Television's Killer Kids.