TV Movie | TV-PG | | Crime, Drama
In a small California town, three young men decide to make money by hijacking a school bus full of children and demanding a ransom for the safe return of the kids.
The real crime bore similarities to the plot of the story, "The Day the Children Vanished" by Hugh Pentecost in 1969. In that story, the kidnappers hijack a school bus as a diversion, so they can rob the local bank. Police theorized that the Chowchilla kidnappers used the scenario as research.
Camera does not flash when first photo of the getaway-vans' tire-tracks is taken.