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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:
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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) »


Someone is going to pay. See more »


Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 shooting Maris and the 2 hoods, Shaker reenters the apartment, leans next to Sean in bed, and speaks to arriving Police Officers in a way Sean would have heard him. Later when Shaker is at the apartment getting a check written, Sean is so frightened that he pees when he appears for the first time to hear Shaker's voice. See more »


Liquor Store Perp: Yo, man, these cuffs are too tight, man.
Detective #1: That's 'cause they're new. They'll stretch. You gotta give 'em a little time.
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Crazy Credits

The opening Touchstone Pictures logo is in black and white. See more »


References The Time Machine (1960) See more »


Rats with tails
Written, Produced, and Performed by Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins
Billy Corgan appears courtesy Virgin Records USA
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User Reviews

This movie is worth it's money
2 February 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A bit of a confusing movie but well worth it's money,Ransom does not fail to deliver a couple of good performances from some good actors.Mel Gibson stars as Tom Mullen,a businessman who runs a huge aircraft firm who has his son kidnapped by a group of people.Rene Russo delivers a good performance as Kate Mullen who is the mother of Sean Mullen who was kidnapped and also the wife of Tom Mullen.Gary Sinise delivers a fine performance as Detective Jimmy Shaker as well as Delroy Lindo as FBI Agent Lonnie Hawkins.If this movie was dramatic,I was surprised that Mel Gibson wasn't nominated for a lead actor Oscar but was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor-Drama.It is a shame for a movie that is a good drama/thriller.

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