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Ransom (1996)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  8 November 1996 (USA)
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When a rich man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then tries a unique tactic against the criminals.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Neil McCready ...
Allen Bernstein ...
David Torres (as Jose Zuniga)


Tom Mullen is a millionaire, he built his fortune by working hard. Along the way he learned how to play the game. He has a great family. One day his son is kidnapped. He is willing to pay the ransom but decides to call in the FBI, who manages to go into his home secretly. When he goes to make the drop something goes wrong. The kidnapper calls him again and reschedules it. On the way Mullen decides not to go and appears on TV saying that the ransom he was going to give to the kidnapper is now a bounty on the kidnapper. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Plot Keywords:

ransom | money | bounty | fbi | millionaire | See All (95) »


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Rated R for graphic, bloody violence and strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El rescate  »

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$34,216,088 (USA) (8 November 1996)


$136,448,821 (USA) (11 April 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both Mel Gibson and Donnie Wahlberg later appeared in M. Night Shyamalan films. Wahlberg made a cameo in "The Sixth Sense" and Gibson starred in "Signs." See more »


When Sean spits the cough syrup on Maris' shirt you can clearly see two large red spill spots on the left and right side. In the next scene she comes into the kitchen wiping her left side while the right side is completely clean. See more »


Detective Jimmy Shaker: [beating Kate; whispering:] It's very simple.
[Kate moans from pain and through a choke-hold]
Detective Jimmy Shaker: I'm growing very, very tired of this bullshit.
Kate Mullen: Then could you...
[cut off by the choke-hold]
Detective Jimmy Shaker: It's up to you. Get him to take back the reward and pay me my money... or you're gonna find pieces of your little boy all over New York. I'm not gonna waste a bullet. I'm just gonna sharpen my knife.
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The opening Touchstone Pictures logo is in black and white. See more »


Referenced in The Nanny: Fransom (1997) See more »


Written, Produced, and Performed by Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins
Billy Corgan appears courtesy Virgin Records USA
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Terrific acting complements great script
23 December 1998 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

This is how it should be done, an exciting, exhilarating movie with great acting and a terrific script which grabs a hold of you and never lets go. Mel Gibson is fabulous (I'd almost forgotten he could act after all those lame Lethal Weapon movies). Gary Sinise, Rene Russo, and Delroy Lindo are equally superb. The viewer is always kept on the edge like you're a member of the Mullen household waiting to see if Tom will ever see his son again. Five stars *****

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