When a multimillionaire man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then turns the tables on the kidnappers when he uses the ransom money as a reward for the capture of the kidnappers.

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

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$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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Evan Handler later went on to portray Larry in The Three Stooges (2000), which Mel Gibson produced. 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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Tom Mullen: [to Cubby] What is it? Come on, what is it? A name. I swear if you tell me, I'll make sure you get the best funeral there is.
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Fasten your seat belts!
29 September 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is definitely one of those films that grabs a hold of you and does not seem to want to let go.Ron Howard's excellent direction and Mel Gibson giving perhaps the performance of his career make this film worth seeing.Those of us who have children, although many of us may not have the courage to push the limits as Gibson's character did here,may appreciate this movie more so than those who do not.In fact,I might have been more reserved and cautious,even though I love my son just as much.This is a definite thrill ride from start to finish,and if you have a strong enough heart to handle it,then this film is definitely for you.


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