Taken (I) (1999)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  1 June 2000 (USA)
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A kidnapped businessman, finding out that no one is willing to pay the ransom to save his life, befriends his aggressor.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Grover
Stewart Bick ...
Alan Cross
Bill McMurtrey
Linda Smith ...
Judy Grover
Michael Rudder ...
Syd Brooks
Dorothée Berryman ...
Sandra Mathers
Michel Perron ...
Zenhu Han ...
Theodore Kim
Hondo Flemming ...
Noel Burton ...
Erwin Potitt ...
Mr. Zaninger
Isabel Dos Santos ...
Mark Trafford ...
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Wealthy manufacturer Ethan Grover is being held for $2,000,000 ransom; his wife (who stands to inherit the company and collect on a huge life insurance policy) is reluctant to pay. Alan, the company's V.P. with whom she's been having an affair, urges her to get the money, but he may have ulterior motives. Along with Syd, the company's CFO, Alan's been investing company funds off the books to make a quick buck. Syd has his own problems, so he wouldn't mind seeing Ethan dead. Alarmed by his wife's indifference, Ethan has to figure out how to help the kidnaper get the ransom so he can get free. Can he pull it off while he's tied to a chair in an abandoned warehouse? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for some violence, sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »




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Verhängnisvolle Entführung  »

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Great suspense.
23 February 2002 | by (Chicago Illinois) – See all my reviews

I just watched this film on ABC TV late night on a Saturday night and I thought it was terrific. It was half over before I happened to switch it on but was then completely hooked -- with the suspense and drama and trying to figure out what everyone was up to. I'm so sick of movies that have car chase after car chase after boring, pointless car chase; it was refreshing to see a film that had some real suspense in the plot, as well as good acting. The businessman who was kidnapped I thought did very well in the film. And I appreciated the ending with the loyal secretary's just reward.

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