"Have You Seen Andy?" is the personal story of a childhood friendship abruptly ended by the tragic abduction of a young boy. On a hot summer day in August 1976, ten year-old Andy Puglisi was playing along with dozens of other children at the Higgins Memorial Pool in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Then suddenly, he disappeared. Twenty-two years later, filmmaker Melanie Perkins, Andy's childhood friend, begins her search for answers in this feature-length documentary.
“A powerful documentary…an extraordinary film”
In 1976 former peanut farmer, Jimmy Carter, was elected President, "Disco Duck" was the number one song in the nation, Sonny and Cher were happily married and roller-skating rinks were the newest craze. In an immigrant city 20 miles outside of Boston ten-year old Andy Puglisi was looking forward to his upcoming birthday. Andy lived in Lawrence, one of the poorest cities in the country, but for him life was good. He was the oldest of five children. He and his family had just moved into a housing project that included about 300 other kids. There was always someone to play with and, best of all, a new swimming pool had been built just across the street. For 25 cents Andy could swim all day long.
On August 21, 1976 the temperature soared past 90 degrees. Kids were lined up at the entrance before the lifeguards had a chance to unlock the gate. This day seemed like any other August day but on this day every child in this neighborhood and most every child in this city would be changed forever. Under the scorching summer sun ten-year old Andy Puglisi vanished without a trace. More than 20 years later, Andy's childhood friend returns to Lawrence seeking answers to the questions that continue to haunt her to this day.
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“An absorbing, often tormenting glimpse at the mystery surrounding an unspeakable crime whose reverberations live on.”
Ray Richmond, The Hollywood Reporter
“A distinguished contribution to the true-crime genre…the loving testament of a woman who never allowed herself to forget her ill-fated playmate.”
Tim Page, The Washington Post
Tenley Woodman, The Boston Herald