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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
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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 <>

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




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A pleasant surprise.
22 March 2001 | by (California) – See all my reviews

"Taken" was a pleasant surprise from Avalanche Home Entertainment. This past year (and with them teaming up under the Lion's Gate umbrella), their films seem to be improving and are actually good. Dabney Coleman did a fine job as a millionaire who gets kidnapped. The difference here is that people (mainly his wife!) has second thoughts about paying the ransom to get him back and now he is left up to his own devices to get out of this sticky situation. Coleman is often underrated as an actor and dismissed as simply a comedy or family film guy ("Tootsie", "Stuart Little", "Recess", etc.) but he has a strong range and can do suspense-drama very well as shown in "Taken." I'm not too familiar with the rest of the cast, but they all compliment the film well and while yes, this is a b-movie, what's wrong with that? It's still enjoyable and after some recent big-budget hollywood stinkers, it can be refreshing to watch a tiny little film that is more entertaining even though you may never have heard of it.

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