A cat burglar is forced to take a bickering, dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve.

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Gus
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Richard Bright ...
Murray
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Gary
Phillip Nicoll ...
John
Ellie Raab ...
Mary
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George
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Steve
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Phil
Herbie Ade ...
Bartender
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Storyline

Denis Leary plays an unfortunate cat burglar, who is abandonded by his partner in the middle of a heist, and is forced to take an irritating Connecticut couple (Kevin Spacey, Judy Davis) hostage. He soon finds that he took more than he bargained for when the couple's blackmailing son and despicable in-laws step into the picture. Before long they're driving him nuts with their petty bickering and family problems. The only way for him to survive is to be their referee and resolve their differences, before he can be nabbed by the police. Written by Nick D. <ndoherty@imt.net>

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He's taken them hostage. They're driving him nuts. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Egy híján túsz  »

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$11,439,193 (USA)
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Trivia

When this was released originally in the UK it was called Hostile Hostages. See more »

Goofs

The candle headpieces burn down faster at some times than at others. See more »

Quotes

Gus: [Murray hangs the phone up just as Gus answers] He hung up.
Caroline: Well, he sounded upset.
Gus: He should be. He's going to die a horrible fucking death.
Connie Chasseur: [from downstairs, in a whiny tone] Caroline...
Caroline: Speaking of which.
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Broken Circles
Written and Produced by Ke Grivois, Bruce Roberts & Maurice Gallegos
Performed by Ke Grivois
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A Oscar Worthy Performance
16 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let me say this movie couldn't be more real, now having said that Denis Leary didn't even have to blink when reading this script, it was simply written for him because lets face the facts who better to be a gun wielding, curse slurring, angry robber then him. Secondly the relationship between Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis could have a movie all in itself, its real down and dirty dysfunction the good old fashioned way with objects being flung and secrets being expelled in every direction, and the reunion of the entire family makes you want to curl up and laugh hysterically for hours. Bottom line if you haven't seen this movie its an absolute MUST SEE. 10 out of 10 with a bullet.


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