MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,215 this week

The Hostage Tower (1980)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Thriller  -  13 May 1980 (USA)
5.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.2/10 from 141 users  
Reviews: 6 user

Criminal takes hostages on the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (story), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Venice Film Festival

See the latest from the 2014 Venice Film Festival


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 5524 titles
created 20 Oct 2011
 
list image
a list of 29 titles
created 04 May 2012
 
a list of 2722 titles
created 06 Mar 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Hostage Tower (TV Movie 1980)

The Hostage Tower (TV Movie 1980) on IMDb 5.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Hostage Tower.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

During World War II, several oddly assorted military experts are teamed in a mission to raid and destroy a bridge vital to enemy strategy.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: Harrison Ford, Robert Shaw, Edward Fox
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn
Certificate: M Action | Adventure | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding an American General prisoner... but that's not all that's really going on.

Director: Brian G. Hutton
Stars: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure
Certain Fury (1985)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

During a shooting in court young prostitute Scarlet manages to flee. In a state of confusion, the black Tracy, who was arrested for a minor delict, follows her. When she decides to leave ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal
Stars: Tatum O'Neal, Irene Cara, Nicholas Campbell
Wanda Nevada (1979)
Comedy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Romantic drama following the fortunes of a drifter named Beaudray Demerille (Peter Fonda) who wins a young orphan named Wanda (14 year old Brooke Shields) in a poker game and takes her gold... See full summary »

Director: Peter Fonda
Stars: Peter Fonda, Brooke Shields, Fiona Lewis
Royal Flash (1975)
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Ne'er-do-well Harry Flashman is coerced by Otto von Bismark into impersonating a prince.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Alan Bates, Florinda Bolkan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In Germany, an old man attacks another old man and is arrested. The attacker refuses to speak. A female lawyer is appointed to him. She discovers that the attacker has numbers tattooed on his arm and the attacked man was a German officer.

Director: Fons Rademakers
Stars: Liv Ullmann, Maximilian Schell, Peter Fonda
Second Skin (2000)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A man opens a small-town bookstore in order to escape his connections to a mobster, but is reluctantly drawn back to his dark past by a mysterious woman.

Director: Darrell Roodt
Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Angus Macfadyen, Liam Waite
Ulee's Gold (1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A reclusive beekeeper slowly pulls his dysfunctional family back together, but not without having to fight his son's previous dastardly cohorts.

Director: Victor Nunez
Stars: Peter Fonda, Patricia Richardson, Christine Dunford
Action | Thriller

An American Navy Commander leads an international crew on a mission to rescue a troubled a weather station in North Pole. A remake of the 1968 film "Ice Station Zebra".

Split Image (1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Young man is sucked into an unnamed religious cult by beautiful girl and gets increasingly under the mind control of the cult leader. After his parents fail in their efforts to talk him out... See full summary »

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Stars: Michael O'Keefe, Karen Allen, Peter Fonda
Air Force One Is Down (TV Series 2013)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Alistair Maclean's highly charged novel is brought to life for a contemporary audience in this tense, international thriller.

Stars: Jeremy Sisto, Jamie Thomas King, Emilie de Ravin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Mr. Smith
...
Leah
...
Sonya
...
Celia Johnson ...
Mrs. Wheeler
Jack Lenoir ...
Claude
André Oumansky ...
Pei
Daniel Perche ...
Tote
Jacques Maury ...
Poupon
Nicolas Vogel ...
Ducret
Hubert Noël ...
Ducret's Aide
Michel Bardinet ...
Legrain
Edit

Storyline

Criminal takes hostages on the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 May 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alistair MacLean's The Hostage Tower  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Last film of Celia Johnson. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Towering Disappointment!
27 May 2014 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

As a film buff, I'm particularly intrigued by movies that for whatever reason ended up in total obscurity even though they nevertheless had the potential to become huge blockbuster hits. Take "Hostage Tower", for instance… Admittedly it's only a TV-movie (although even they can obtain a classic status…) and it got released at a time when the disaster movie was already exhausted, the film superficially appears to contain all the necessary ingredients to be an enormous success. The setting and basic plot are unique and original (a gang of elite criminals takes over the Paris Eifel Tower and keeps the American President's mother hostage), the cast if full of familiar faces (Peter Fonda, Billy Dee Williams, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams and several others) and the scenario is based on a novel by the immensely popular crime author Alistair McLean. Then why exactly hasn't anyone ever heard of "Hostage Tower". Well, maybe – just maybe – it's because it's a terribly disappointing and mediocre crime caper that doesn't properly exploits its aforementioned strong assets and remains rather dull from start to finish. In spite of the grotesque and almost preposterous opening sequences, in which criminal mastermind Mr. Smith (Keir Dullea) carefully recruits his accomplices and submits them to tough trainings, the actual attack of the Eiffel Tower is lame and uninspired. And while there absolutely isn't any action going on, the characters naturally turn out to have secret agendas and Mr. Smith predictably doesn't plan to share the loot. The action sequences are limited to a couple of stuntmen descending the tower with ropes and hi-tech laser weapons blasting a football to pieces. The most entertaining moments, in fact, feature Celia Johnson as the stubborn President's mother who refuses to be intimidated by the villainous Mr. Smith. The VHS copy that I own is extremely rare and has an awesome illustration on the cover, so I'm still somewhat proud to have it in my collection, but don't really intend to watch the film again and I won't recommend it to fans of crime caper/disaster/heist movies.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Actors doing their own stunt work? barnabyrudge
Hostage Tower takemeout
Discuss The Hostage Tower (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?