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Ransom (1996)

 -  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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Storyline

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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ransom | money | bounty | fbi | millionaire | See more »

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Crime | Thriller

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

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8 November 1996 (USA)  »

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El rescate  »

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 6,942,377,000 (Italy) (31 January 1997)

Gross:

$136,448,821 (USA) (11 April 1997)
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Howard Shore wrote and recorded a full score, which was rejected by director Ron Howard and replaced with a new one by James Horner. See more »

Goofs

Tom leaves the trunk of his Jaguar open when going to the news van to take their keys, and when walking back to the Jaguar the trunk is closed; however, when the shot begins after leaving the van, the jack handle is no longer in his hand, and he is next to the car door, so it can be assumed that he's put the jack handle back in the trunk & closed it before getting to the car door. 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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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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