Hostage for a Day (1994)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  25 April 1994 (USA)
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Warren Kooey is a man who's tired of his current life; a witch of a wife, a boss who complains about everything he does and looses his lifesavings (stolen by the wife). He has only one ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Kooey
V.D. Regan
Elizabeth Kooey
Pj Torokvei ...
Kathleen Laskey ...
Lt. Sneed
John Hemphill
Christopher Templeton ...
Diane St. Clair
Vic Cummings ...
T.V. Anchor Paul
Monika Deol ...
Monica Etheridge
Jack Duffy ...
SWAT Three
Derelict Madman


Warren Kooey is a man who's tired of his current life; a witch of a wife, a boss who complains about everything he does and looses his lifesavings (stolen by the wife). He has only one thing on his mind: Alaska... Written by Andreas Magnusson <>

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Lieber Alaska als diese Frau  »

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John Candy steps behind the camera
17 October 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

The year that John Candy left this life, he starred in one of the most atrocious movies that I've ever seen ("Wagons East"), but also directed

  • and appeared in - this light, interesting TV movie. George Wendt

plays a suburban everyman completely fed up with his life. So, he pretends that he's been taken hostage in his house, leading to a media frenzy and the police surrounding everything. Only then, some real thugs take him hostage (Candy plays one of them).

"Hostage for a Day" makes neat use of Wendt's mannerisms, and is a fairly perceptive look at apparent satisfaction in the suburbs masking deeper frustration (along with media hype). Then again, maybe I'm the only person who interpreted it as such. For all that I know, it might have just been intended as a silly comedy. But I still assert that it's worth seeing. Also starring John Vernon.

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