Hostile Takeover (1988)

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A man takes three co-workers hostage while working overtime on Thanksgiving weekend. He has no demands.



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Complete credited cast:
Eugene Brackin
Larry Gaylord
Joan Talmage
Graeme Campbell ...
Patrick Patterson ...
Security Guard
Winston Gaddishaw ...
Helen Beavis ...
Mrs. Hampton
Cindy Girling ...
Mrs. Gaylord
Cop #1 (as Ken McGregor)
François Klanfer ...
NY Boss
Rex Hagon ...
V.P. of Felton


A man takes three co-workers hostage while working overtime on Thanksgiving weekend. He has no demands.

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A Man on the Edge Has Nothing to Lose.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and violence | See all certifications »




Release Date:

10 December 1988 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

The Devastator  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Larry Gaylord: A million people a week work overtime, a billion come in on a day off, and they don't flip out!
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Crazy Credits

Hit Man, Assistant to Producer: George "I'm Going to Get Mean" Vuko See more »


References RoboCop (1987) See more »

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An ambivalent horror flick - -
9 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

After watching this film, I was left with the impression that there were two competing interpretations of the script - and the director tried to film both. Interpretation one could be summed up as "horror/hostage/screams/blood"

  • Interpretation two: "psychodrama/disturbing/thought provoking."

There are some very terrifying moments in this film that can have you gripping the edge of your seat and holding your breath hoping that the worst ISN'T going to happen....and then suddenly you are in the middle of a quasi Greek Tragedy with the players making profound orations while the plot stands still. (Exactly what the poems of T.S. Eliot have to do with the plot is never made clear).

I found it a very interesting view with some very genuinely deep moments - but the ending was almost an anti-climax and the schizoid handling of the script did not help matters. It is worth at least a look but you probably won't come back for seconds.

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