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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Phil
Herbie Ade ...
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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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They might be his hostages but what they're doing to this guy is criminal. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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11 March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Egy híján túsz  »

Box Office

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$11,439,193 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Denis Leary's line "Lady, your husband ain't dead. He's hiding!" is a direct quote of a line from the classic Abbott and Costello routine "Susquehanna Hat Company". See more »

Goofs

When the police are watching "It's a Wonderful Life" in the station, they are watching the scene where Mary loses her clothing and hides in the bushes. The Chief then walks in with the surveillance tape and they proceed to record "It's a Wonderful Life" over the surveillance, though it is a scene that takes place much later in the movie, long after the scene where Mary hides in the bushes after losing her clothes. See more »

Quotes

Gus: Great, I hijacked my fucking parents.
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Connections

Referenced in EastEnders: Episode dated 2 October 1995 (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

The Holly & The Ivy
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Arranged by Richard Harvey
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My favourite comedy movie
5 December 2004 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is an all-time classic movie, and one that my wife and I traditionally watch every Christmas. I know it's not your typical holiday film, but it is extremely funny, and because it is set around Christmas, we always try and watch it this time of year. Kevin Spacey before he hit it big, Judy Davis is incredible, and I simply love Denis Leary's work. Also Christine Baranski being very annoying/funny. Not for the easily offended for sure, but I am part of the generation that has grown up watching movies meant to shock you (Pulp Fiction, Starship Troopers, etc), and this one has plenty of shock value from the wit and vulgarness. I always laugh when I hear the banter between the main characters in the movie, plus a nice mix of physical comedy as well. Like my summary says, it is my all-time favourite comedy.


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