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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
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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 ...
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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Storyline

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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Lucas Miller: You heard the man. There is no more recourse in the law.
Kidnapper: Law dee dah dee dah.
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I love it but...............
15 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this movie and watch it frequently but the technical work on the film is simply horrible. The recording of the sound is so bad that one wonders what some of the characters are saying. The film is full of overdubs which stand out. The lighting in certain scenes particularly in the Aldini party is so poor that you wish that the film had made it to DVD so that we could witness a clearer picture. What saves the picture and makes it interesting is the storyline and the acting (even though McGoohan goes off the deep end, acting wise, towards the end of the film. Alexis Kanner is very good and gives a subtle yet strong performance and Patrick McGoohan cannot do better as the burned out, cynical radio talk show host. This film deserves a remake with todays story lines it would be a better film.


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