Held Up (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  12 May 2000 (USA)
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While they're on vacation in the Southwest, Rae finds out her man Michael spent their house money on a classic car, so she dumps him, hitching a ride to Vegas for a flight home. A kid ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rodrigo (as Eduardo Yañez)
Diego Fuentes ...
Billy (SWAT Team Leader)
Sam Vlahos ...
Sam Gifaldi ...


While they're on vacation in the Southwest, Rae finds out her man Michael spent their house money on a classic car, so she dumps him, hitching a ride to Vegas for a flight home. A kid promptly steals Michael's car, leaving him at the Zip & Sip, a convenience store. Three bumbling robbers promptly stage a hold up. Two take off with the cash stranding the third, with a mysterious crate, just as the cops arrive. The robber takes the store hostage. As incompetent cops bring in a SWAT team and try a by-the-book rescue, Michael has to keep the robber calm, find out what's in the crate, aid the negotiations, and get back to Rae. The Stockholm Syndrome asserts its effect. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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To control a hostage situation... Act calm Think fast and have a Big mouth!



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 May 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Inconvenienced  »

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Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,911,007 (USA) (12 May 2000)


$4,692,814 (USA) (23 June 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rob Schneider was originally cast to play Michael, but dropped out of the film just four days before filming began. Jamie Foxx eventually signed on to replace him. See more »


When the sheriff asks for the book and it is removed from the cellophane the book is blue. In later scenes it is a light tan. See more »


Rodrigo: [When Rodrigo takes Mike from the store the first time and learns that Mike and Sheriff Pembry already know each other, and the sheriff hates him, he whines to Mike] "Man your not worth anything as a hostage! I have to get in line just to shoot you!"
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Spoofs Albino Alligator (1996) See more »


Performed by Celly Cel, Rappin 4-tay, Two Ton
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Not the worst I've seen. But close.
25 June 2002 | by (Orange County, CA) – See all my reviews

I saw this film aboard a bus, in November of 2000, on my way from the Tallahassee Amtrak station and Walt Disney World (the tracks were being worked on). I was thus a captive audience for the bus driver's taste in movies; otherwise, I never would have seen it.

It's hard to imagine that Barry Corbin and John Cullum (from Northern Exposure), and Julie Hagerty (from the Airplane movies) would have wasted their time with anything this bad: nobody could be that hard up for work.

That's not to say that the movie didn't get a few laughs from me, and from the other passengers on the bus. But we weren't laughing WITH it; we were laughing AT it.

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