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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$80,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$136,448,821 (USA) (11 April 1997)
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Ron Howard turned down the offer to direct The Chamber (1996) to direct this film. See more »

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When Sean's flying balloon hits the side of the building, a cable can be seen lowering it as it crashes to the ground. See more »

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Detective Jimmy Shaker: [kicks over stack of crates and shouts] I'll fucking kill you Mullen!
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Mixed results
14 September 1999 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

After the terrific APOLLO 13, I thought Ron Howard was ready to move on to even bigger things, Mel Gibson is good when he's given the chance to act, Richard Price is one of my favorite writers, Lili Taylor is one of my favorite actresses, and the trailer really rocked, so I was primed to see this. But it's somewhat disappointing. The filmmakers try to make a flawed hero, and Gibson certainly is that, not afraid to make his character unlikable, and we even get the psychology of a man used to having his way not having his way, and how he reacts to that. And most of the rest of the cast is good(with one exception I'll get to in a moment). As a fan of Taylor, I was especially pleased at how she was used. While she doesn't have a lot of dialogue, she gets to develop her character in a way her fellow villains don't because Howard has her on camera a lot, and she expresses a lot with her face.

But the other villains aren't well-developed. The one wrong performance(not bad, wrong) is by Gary Sinise; he tries, but he's just not convincing here, mostly sounding forced. And the last 15 minutes are melodramatic and unconvincing. The elements were all there, but it doesn't deliver.


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