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Yesterday Jim Molner was an ordinary guy. Today he's a desperate man, frantically trying to save himself and his family, held hostage by a demented terrorist who's demanding $500,000 not to detonate a bomb he's planted on a domestic airliner. Written by
While filming a scene in a subway tunnel, Inger Stevens and Rod Steiger were nearly asphyxiated by carbon monoxide fumes. Steiger said years later that when they were being given oxygen, Stevens tried to refuse it. She said at the time she wanted to die; Steiger and the crew had to convince her otherwise. Years later on April 30, 1970, when Ms. Stevens was only 35 years old, she died of an overdose. See more »
The Chrysler convertible has what look like California plates (MLK 050) when Joan Molner first drives the car, but as she is approaching her destination it has New York plates (7C 5976). See more »
Mason is squandered in the picture, and the narration by him and Inger Stevens is ridiculous, and shifting the action to the police station detracts from the danger the family faces. The plot to extort money would have worked better without kidnapping the family, but then we wouldn't have had this film in the first place. Take those factors out and the picture is still tense and exciting, thanks to Stone's directing and the desperation that Stevens conveys in her scenes with psycho Neville Brand. Equally menacing is, of all people, Angie Dickenson as the cold-blooded criminal willing to kill the daughter if the demands aren't met. Rod Steiger as the ringleader is too busy trying to contain Brand, and maybe could have been used as the cop instead. The elements are haphazard, the film is all over the place, it's fun to watch, but it goes back and forth instead of straight.
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