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Kings and Desperate Men (1981)

A group of terrorists take a radio disk jockey and his wife and child hostage in order to get their manifesto out to the world.

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John Kingsley
Alexis Kanner ...
Lucas Miller
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Terrorist
Margaret Trudeau ...
Elizabeth Kingsley
Budd Knapp ...
Judge McManus
Neil Vipond ...
Henry Sutton
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Kidnapper
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcel Beaulieu ...
Special Squad
Jean-Pierre Brown ...
Chris Kingsley
Kevin Fenlon ...
Laz
Jane Hooper ...
Girl with Radio
Andre Koudsey ...
Special Squad
Bob Lepage ...
Special Squad
Frank Moore ...
Pete Herrera
Kate Nash ...
Mrs.McPhearson
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On the eve of Christmas, an urbane, loutish and acidly cynical Montreal radio talk-show host is taken hostage in his own studio by a band of crusading terrorists who want a new on-the-air trial of a comrade they feel was wrongly convicted. For collateral, the terrorists have also taken hostage his rich wife and mentally retarded son in their own home. The listening audience shall act as the jury and phone in their verdicts. As the trial progresses, disembodied voices, Christmas hymns, religious imagery, one of the terrorists relating the story of "The Wind in the Willows," the voice of a child singing "Come All Ye Faithful" in Latin reflect the psyche of the characters in moments of truth. All the while, the talk-show host must sustain the role of grand showman and project his wit and cavalierness to the listening audience, despite the tense situation. Captor and captive engage in a furious battle of wits. Written by thustlebird

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22 August 1981 (Canada)  »

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Kings and Desperate Men: A Hostage Incident  »

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CAD 1,200,000 (estimated)
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This film was the brainchild of Alexis Kanner. He and Patrick McGoohan met via Kanner's performance in an episode of McGoohan's popular British television show The Prisoner (1967). Kanner worked on the idea and polished it for a few years before finally calling up McGoohan to ask him to star in the film. See more »

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The reflection of two crew members are briefly seen just before Margaret Trudeau enters an elevator towards the beginning of the film. See more »

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John Kingsley: Ladies and gentleman, the sound you just heard was the sound of Mr. Miller losing his head... all over the walls of my studio. Tune in tomorrow. The topic of tomorrow's show will be..."government spending". Please call in with your views... after all, this is *your* program.
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Kineversal Productions Presents a Film of a Hostage Incident See more »

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References Secret Agent (1964) See more »

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So-So Drama
24 April 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Overly long and often aimless hostage story with lots of funky camera angles that try to convey confusion -- though one need not look much farther than the plot for that. Good performances by McGoohan & Kanner (who worked together on McGoohan's THE PRISONER), but overall, the poor plot drags it down.


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