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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Charles
Kelly Charles
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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!



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

27 August 1993 (USA)  »

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Desperado  »

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$3,418,141 (USA)

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Good setup but becomes implausible and with annoying kids
4 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Patrick Swayse has always been good at playing a tough guy, such as his other movies such as "Roadhouse". He does a good job as the tough guy here too, actually as an outlaw who's about to do a big illegal deal in New Orleans in a few days. But, as he is still in L.A., he is already facing court on other charges of his already pending. So the last thing he needs is his bratty kids suddenly bothering him now. But that is just what they do, and they are bratty. Swayse thinks that they've been in foster care, but in reality, they've been in an institution that the kids claim is very rough and corrupt. That the staff there are being physically abusive to the kids and handcuffing them. However, Swayze starts to see that the kids are really telling the truth on this one, so he kidnaps them and takes them cross country with them to New Orleans. Now for the kids though, they are bratty. The seven year old boy is whiney and annoying and Kim, the fourteen year old daughter has an attitude problem and is bitchy. Her attitude makes her not very likable. Now for the storey. The set up in the first part of film was good but the road storey has some very implausible moments. Moments that anyone with half a brain would never believe the situations they're watching, and the kids really get annoying fast. Numerous implausible moments include Swayze making a car run over the edge at Hover Dam and no one seeing him do it. Swayze and the kids outrunning the police in several different scenes where in real life, they would've never been able to do it that way, especially the scene where they manage to jump from a speeding boat with helicopters overhead and no one seeing them do it. But my favorite implausibility is when they jump on to the back of a boat attached to a moving car, talk and yell loudly while on the back of it, and even cook a turkey dinner without the driver ever knowing it. Yeh, right. They even at one point, after stopping at a gas station, where Swayze goes to use the phone, Swayze has another car drive up to the back of the boat (cause the driver left without him), and Swayze jumps from the front of that car onto the boat, with them all yelling, and the driver of the car hauling the boat still doesn't notice any if it! I mean come on, how can anyone believe those kind of implausibilities. The owner of the boat finally notices them when he's loring the boat into a river and Swayze and the kids start up the boat and drive away in it. I did however, sort of like the little rendezvous between Swayze and the TV reporter Hally Berry, who also already had some ideas about the institution being corrupt and needed Swayze, who could've gotten information from the kids about the place, to fill her in with more info about it. Swayze, who was still more interested in his deal in New Orleans, often gave Berry the runaround. This was a sort of good film in some ways, if it wasn't for those implausibilities and those bratty kids.

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