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Sudden Terror: The Hijacking of School Bus #17 (1996)

A crazed lunatic takes over a school bus filled with special needs children, threatening to blow it up if his demands are not met.

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A crazed lunatic takes over a school bus filled with special needs children, threatening to blow it up if his demands are not met.

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When a madman boards a school bus... One woman is in the driver's seat. One cop is in hot pursuit. And one false move could end it all. See more »

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13 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Bombenterror - Todesangst im Schulbus  »

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Brett Rice and Rus Blackwell would later appear in Recount (2008), another TV movie based on a real story. See more »

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A Friday night out of hell
7 July 2000 | by (Reykjavík, Iceland) – See all my reviews

Boy, it's Friday. I've been working hard all week an I'm looking forward to a quiet TV night. I look at the TV guide and see that there is an action-filled "based on a true story" film on Iceland's Channel 2 about a man who hijacks a school bus. I thought it might just be interesting to watch it considering I liked movies like Speed and Executive Decision. I sit down and I start watching. The thing that pops into my mind after 5 minutes of watching is that Sudden Terror might just be a strong competitor of being the worst film I've ever seen. (Caligula is on the top of that list by the way). So this Asian-American guy owes the IRS $16.000 and hijacks the CX-17 school bus to pay others attention to the unfairness he has to suffer. In this schoolbus are kid who are "special". Of course they start to panic, but not to worry...The bus driver is a Cuban immigrant who doesn't panic under pressure according to her husband. Well anyway, this has to be one of the worst acted films ever. Marcy Walker who plays the SWAT-leader gives the viewers a stunning performance (I kid you not)and she almost made me cry. No wonder this was her last film according to IMDb. The casting director probably looked for actors on a list containing Razzie-nominees and winners. I feel truly and deeply sorry for the children who play these special children and the day they watch this film when the get older, the average depression rate among american teenagers will definitly rise. WHAT A WASTE OF A FRIDAY NIGHT!!!!!


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