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

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Thriller  -  13 October 1996 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marta Caldwell
Marcy Walker ...
Lt. Kathy Leone
Harry Kee
Frank Caldwell
Lt. Dominick Caroselli
Glenda Siles
Cristina Karman ...
Carlotta Arguello
Detective Grantham
Detective Sims
Sergeant Gentry
Officer Reynolds (as Jim Coleman)
John Archie ...
Eduardo Sanchez
Juanita Sanchez
Mark Conlon ...


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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13 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Bombenterror - Todesangst im Schulbus  »

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A matter of time and place?
17 October 2004 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

Not to put down our many knowledgeable and dedicated overseas viewer/members, but I did notice that almost all of the negative opinions were not from the USA, and the few favorable ones were. Also apparent is that all but one previous review were submitted previous to the infamous 9/11 terrorist attack.

We all now live with some concern that such an event could possibly affect us personally. However remote the chance, the fact that it happened once in the 90's suggests an increase in the likelihood of a similar happening today. I would suggest that in this film a message exists that there is hope even in the most extreme circumstances, and that our law enforcement stands ready to help.

Given the above statements, is it possible that this movie would have received more charitable reviews if commented upon today? I found this movie entertaining, inspiring, and thoughtful. I also feel that it was technically better than most of the current "action/suspense" genre. It was totally devoid of numerous exploding vehicles, hundreds of rounds of gunfire, gratuitous sex, and excessive testosterone. The continuing chase sequence, although sometimes quite spectacular, was believable and well filmed. It is not unusual for many true stories that are well presented to seem somewhat bland, or even a bit corny, but the real message often resides in truth and accuracy.

Overall, I thought the movie was well done. Give 'em a break, it was a fine effort.

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