A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.
Jake Vig (Burns) is a consummate grifter about to pull his biggest con yet, one set to avenge his friend's murder. But his last scam backfired, leaving him indebted to a mob boss (Hoffman) and his enforcer.
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
Ron Howard's first choice for the role of Jimmy Shaker was Alec Baldwin, who turned it down due to the sinister nature of the character as well as the film's theme of endangering a child. See more »
After the scuffle with Tom in the lighting store, Shaker's shirt alternates between being blood-soaked and clean. See more »
[through the loud rock music]
Can I have a bar of chocolate?
[sees someone familiar]
Hey, I know you.
[really tough and mean]
No, you don't! Don't look at me! You don't know me!
[puts fresh tape over his eyes]
What? Do you think this isn't happening? What? You think your dad's gonna come in and save you? Is that what you think? Well, he ain't. Nobody's coming. All right? You understand that? Nobody's coming. Because this is it for you.
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The opening Touchstone Pictures logo is in black and white. See more »
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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