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Father Hood (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  27 August 1993 (USA)
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A deadbeat dad kidnaps his kids from the bus. Based on the true life stories and experiences of Michael J. Hardy.


(as Darrell James Roodt)


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A deadbeat dad kidnaps his kids from the bus. Based on the true life stories and experiences of Michael J. Hardy.

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He's America's most wanted...Dad!



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Rated PG-13 for thematic material concerning children endangered by adults | See all certifications »

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27 August 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desperado  »

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$3,418,141 (USA)

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The bus kidnapping scene was almost done to the exact detail, except the real kids in the foster home were both girls ,the daughters of Mike Hardy. See more »


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Overlooked Little Gem
5 April 2002 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

"Father Hood" is an overlooked little gem of a "road movie". Fine performances by Halle Berry, Sabina Lloyd and Brian Bonsall, two really fun "over-the-top" ones by Diane Ladd and Michael Ironside,

and a downright outstanding one from Patrick Swayze. The movie is helped by an unconventional storyline, but badly undercut by it's flashback framing which results in a formulamatic, abrupt ending. "Father Hood" would have worked MUCH better without these "bookends". Nevertheless, the movie brings up important issues of "family responsibilities" and the consequences of state intervention. As long as the foster system rewards state institutions for NOT placing children, such abuses will exist.

Pick this one up. It's worth the "ride."

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