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
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Lucas Miller
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Terrorist
Margaret Trudeau ...
Elizabeth Kingsley
Budd Knapp ...
Judge McManus
Neil Vipond ...
Henry Sutton
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Kidnapper
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Marcel Beaulieu ...
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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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Director Alexis Kanner met the film's co-writer Edmund Ward on the set of Goodbye Gemini (1970) (a.k.a. Twinsanity), with which both were involved. When Kanner was planning to seriously progress with pre-production, he remembered Ward and called him into to collaborate on the script. 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 The Wind in the Willows (1949) See more »

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Totally unacceptable from any angle...
22 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite the presence of the usually fascinating Patrick McGoohan, "Kings and Desperate Men" is almost a total failure. From a plot standpoint, the elaborate hostage taking scheme over a comrade's 15 year sentence for vehicular homicide seems unlikely at best and totally unbelievable at worst. The relationship of the hostage takers to the imprisoned criminal is never explained, and a who cares attitude permeates the film. From a technical standpoint, things are even worse. Long segments of dialog are incomprehensible, and the camera-work could only be described as annoying. What you get is a boring movie that will be a form of punishment for almost everyone. - MERK


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