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Held for Ransom (2000)

Unrated | | Thriller | 14 November 2000 (USA)
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Five spoiled high-school students are kidnapped and held for ransom in a remote swamp area.

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JD
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Glenn Kirkland
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Jesse McCormick
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Bruce Kirkland
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Dexter Martin
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Marianne Donovan
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Fred Donovan
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Mr. Kirkland
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John
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Student #1
Michael Finuoli ...
Student #3
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Swamp Man #1 (as Joseph C. Hess)
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Randy Donovan
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Detective Van Bommel
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Student #4
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In rural Florida, white trash JD, his wife Rita and their mate John murder a bus driver so they can kidnap five high-school students and demand $250,000 ransom per head. The kids are held captive end constantly threatened by JD and wife in their miserable swamp home in alligator country. The brothers Glenn (a cocky, dumb but popular jock captain) and Bruce (nice and bright) Kirkland and Dexter Martin, neglected son of a penniless Newyorker and the class's boxing-ball, must overcome or at least control their strife to deal with JD's envy-driven abuse. The girls must play in to his adulterous appetite. The ransom is questionable, so a matter of anguish for the parents. Several family secrets play a crucial part in the outcome. Written by KGF Vissers

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They Pay or They Die.

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C'mon, why was this so bad?
14 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

A strait to video release, you have to give it some credit. HELD FOR RANSOM is based on the Lois Duncan novel and you can obviously tell that it is a low-budget film. But the fact that it was based on a book helped give it some more famous actors to star in the film.

The film was a little suspenseful you have to admit, but I still don't understand why everyone hated this movie so. I mean, we get to see Tsianina Joelson strip down to her bra and panties. No, but seriously the film was pretty enjoyable for me. It is very realistic as to what some people might do in a hostage situation. It is somewhat different from the book as the film takes place in the sweltering Everglades and the book is in the icy cold mountains.

I seriously didn't think it was that bad. HELD FOR RANSOM gets 4/5.


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