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

Director:

Writers:

(novel) (as Michael A. Gilbert),
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Surrogate (1984)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Stuck in a sexless marriage, a frustrated well-to-do couple agrees to see a female sex therapist. Unfortunately, she only helps escalate the tensions between them. Meanwhile, the police is baffled by a string of brutal nightly killings.

Director: Don Carmody
Stars: Art Hindle, Carole Laure, Shannon Tweed
Mindfield (1989)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

When a police detective kills a criminal, this traumatic event triggers a locked memory, he didn't know he had, of him being a subject of a CIA experiment.

Director: Jean-Claude Lord
Stars: Michael Ironside, Lisa Langlois, Christopher Plummer
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Marine officer Rob Cutter and his wife Barbara have a son named Johnny. Rob discovers that two newly delivered helicopters in his squadron have crashed because a defective part, a C-ring, ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Azzopardi
Stars: Amy Madigan, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Robin MacEachern
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A deranged, misogynistic killer attacks a journalist. When he discovers that she survived the attack, he follows her to the hospital to finish her off.

Director: Jean-Claude Lord
Stars: Michael Ironside, Lee Grant, Linda Purl
McBain (1991)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Santos attempts to lead a people's revolt in Colombia to overthrow the oppressive El Presidente. When his revolt fails and he is killed, his sister Christina goes to New York to find McBain... See full summary »

Director: James Glickenhaus
Stars: Christopher Walken, Maria Conchita Alonso, Michael Joseph DeSare
Thunderground (1989)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A con-artist meets a tough fighter and sees him as her ticket to a better life. The two make an agreement and head off to New Orleans to arrange a match with "the man" - the mysterious king... See full summary »

Director: David Mitchell
Stars: Michael Copeman, Paul Coufos, Pete Dempster
Horror | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A man investigates the disappearance of his sister with the help of her roommate. He uncovers a trail of prostitution, incest, blackmail...and murder.

Director: Don McBrearty
Stars: Lawrence Day, Lora Staley, Neil Dainard
Watchers (1988)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A boy takes in a stray dog, later finding out that its an ultra-intelligent runaway from a genetic research lab. Unknown to him, the dog is being stalked.

Director: Jon Hess
Stars: Corey Haim, Michael Ironside, Christopher Cary
Surfacing (1981)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A young girl and her friends set off on an expedition into the wilderness in order to find her missing father.

Director: Claude Jutra
Stars: Joseph Bottoms, Kathleen Beller, R.H. Thomson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

It's a summer of fun for two teenaged boys who spend their time chasing two sisters, annoying a biker gang, and basically getting into typical sophomoric hijinks whenever they can.

Director: George Mihalka
Stars: Michael Zelniker, Carl Marotte, Karen Stephen
The Blue Man (1985)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

A dissatisfied Montreal director of TV commercials is taught to astrally project himself by a mysterious woman. But soon he finds that he does it against his will when he sleeps, and while ... See full summary »

Director: George Mihalka
Stars: Winston Rekert, Karen Black, John Novak
Prom Night II (1987)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Thirty years after her accidental death at her 1957 senior prom, the tortured spirit of prom queen Mary Lou Maloney returns to seek revenge.

Director: Bruce Pittman
Stars: Lisa Schrage, Michael Ironside, Wendy Lyon
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A Man on the Edge Has Nothing to Lose.

Genres:

Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 December 1988 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

The Devastator  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

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

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References RoboCop (1987) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
In your face, Stockholm Syndrome!
7 September 2012 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

"Hostile Takeover", in my country inconspicuously released on DVD as "Office Party", is a curious and slow but nevertheless captivating little thriller that – somewhat understandably – became forgotten amidst the tremendous offer of grim thriller/horror flicks during the late 1980's. I wouldn't go as far to call this a hidden gem, but it definitely deserves some recognition from cult fanatics for a couple of reasons. The premise is quirky but tense, the atmosphere is unsettling throughout and – most of all – the cast list contains the names of no less than three iconic but still sadly underrated B-movie veterans. Any 80's genre flick uniting David Warner ("The Omen", "The Company of Wolves"), Michael Ironside ("Scanners", "Visiting Hours") and John Vernon ("Killer Klowns from Outer Space", "Chained Heat") is bound to raise the interest of people, right? Even the director's name George Mihalka might ring a bell inside horror regulars' heads, as he directed the slasher classic "My Bloody Valentine" earlier that decade. But actually I have to stop promoting "Hostile Takeover" as a film in the horror genre. It's an urban drama/thriller with psychological ambitions and a strong emphasis on character development. David Warner is impressive as Eugene; a lonely and colorless individual who works as an insignificant office clerk for a company full of egocentric and hungry-for-power people. After working overtime on a Saturday, Eugene unexpectedly seals off the exit and holds three of his colleagues – including the manager - hostage at gunpoint. Police forces and local authorities arrive at the scene, but Eugene strangely doesn't make any demands. He just wants to be the one deciding when the hostage is over and literally doesn't respond to any of police commissioner Smolen's attempts to negotiate. Inside the office building tension rises particularly between the hostages and it rapidly shows that Eugene is actually the employee with the least amount of mental issues. As said, "Hostile Takeover" is an admirable effort, but in case you're looking for bloodied action and/or non-stop violence you might feel cheated in the end. The script, apparently adapted from a novel, accentuates the greed and selfishness of the business world and the indifference of politicians & Special Police Units, but these themes certainly aren't new and also rather unusual for a B-movie. The climax does feature a bit of extreme violence, but that's not what the movie should be remembered for.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Hostile Takeover (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?