Abducted in Plain Sight movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Abducted in Plain Sight is a very shocking, disturbing and true-crime documentary about a victim of a pedophile who was kidnapped… Twice. The facts are constantly interesting but are not for kids.


In 1974, the Broberg family fall prey to the manipulative charms of their trusted neighbour and close family friend, who abducts their 12-year-old daughter… Twice.

Movie Images

Movie details

Director: Skye Borgman
Cast: Jan Broberg, Bob Broberg, Mary Ann Broberg, Susan Broberg, Karen Campbell, Joe Berchtold, Robert Berchtold
Release Date: 26 May 2017
Runtime: 91 minutes/1h 31m
Genre: Documentary, Crime
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film features themes and frequent references to brainwash, manipulation, pedophilia, infidelity, rape and the kidnapping and sexual abuse of children.

Sex (M)

The film contains verbal references to child sexual abuse, sexual intercourse and masturbation.

mpaa rating

NR (Not Rated)

Aussie boy's thoughts

One of those high-impact documentaries exposing more shocking details about these astonishingly disgraceful events that will coerce you into continuing to discover the appalling facts. Abducted in Plain Sight is phenomenal and fascinating, although in an intensely disturbing and very mature context. This well-made documentary displays the discussion and themes over the distressing events of Jan Broberg, a child who fell victim to pedophile Robert Berchtold’s sexually assaultive and complex manipulation.

Director and producer Skye Borgman is absolutely talented and masterful at crafting this documentary, starting off by introducing us to the family and people involved in the case, compelling us with dialogue within the first few minutes, and keeping our minds and care in the facts constantly coming. The facts in this film obviously relate to adult themes like pedophilia, rape, abduction, brainwash and manipulation, meaning this documentary is not for kids.

With Abducted in Plain Sight being able to immediately grasp your attention and have you watch until the end, there are so many emotions through the people and even ourselves. There’a a lot of frustration and without totally spoiling, the extremely naive parents making unbelievably irresponsible decisions that are infuriating to hear. More clever, but at times flawed elements this documentary uses are reenactments footage and intense music.

Thank you for reading this page and for more Aussie Boy reviews, visit Aussieboyreviews.com.