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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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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Someone is going to pay. See more »

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8 November 1996 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$136,448,821 (USA) (11 April 1997)
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Tom (Mel Gibson) suggests "John Smith" as a good pseudonym; Gibson provided the voice for John Smith in Pocahontas (1995). See more »

Goofs

When Tom returns in his penthouse after the failed transfer of the ransom money, he hugs his wife. In 2 shots (alternated with Hawkins talking) Tom has his left AND right arm on his wife's back. The next shot (when you hear the other FBI-agent say "this is no high-tech mastermind") Tom has his left arm UNDER his wife's scarf. Next shot Tom's left arm is on the outside again. See more »

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Detective Jimmy Shaker: [holding a gun to Cubby's head and clamping a hand on his mouth] Are you a known scumbag in this precinct? Go on, shake your head. Go on!
[Cubby nods]
Detective Jimmy Shaker: Now, a high profile kid was snatched yesterday. You got no idea who knows about it. Cops, FBI, anybody, right?
[Cubby shakes his head]
Detective Jimmy Shaker: So what do you do? You - a known scumbag - walk into a grocery store filled with cops and you ask for a box of kiddy cereal? Now, I don't know about you, but I think that makes you a four-star asshole. What do you ...
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18 November 2002 | by (Lorton,VA) – See all my reviews

Ransom was one of the best tent pole movies released in late 1996. Ron Howard and Mel Gibson made a film that grabs you and doesn't let go. Rene Russo, Delroy Lindo and Lili Taylor are good in supporting roles and the wonderful Gary Sinse is chilling. Someone needs to release this DVD as a Critertion collection title.


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