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King's Ransom -- Hoping to foil his own gold-digging wife's plan, a loathsome businessman arranges his own kidnapping, only to realize that there are plenty of other people interested in his wealth as well.


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Writer (WGA):
Wayne Conley (written by)
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22 April 2005 (USA) See more »
Big Man. Big Plan. Big Mistake. See more »
Hoping to foil his own gold-digging wife's plan, a loathsome businessman arranges his own kidnapping, only to realize that there are plenty of other people interested in his wealth as well. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Anthony Anderson ... Malcolm King

Jay Mohr ... Corey

Kellita Smith ... Renee King

Nicole Ari Parker ... Angela Drake (as Nicole Parker)

Regina Hall ... Peaches Clarke

Loretta Devine ... Miss Gladys

Donald Faison ... Andre

Leila Arcieri ... Kim Baker

Charlie Murphy ... Herb Clarke

Brooke D'Orsay ... Brooke Mayo

Jackie Burroughs ... Grandma

Lisa Marcos ... Raven

Roger Cross ... Byron
Millie Tresierra ... Woman
Robert Smith ... David (as Rob Smith)

Brenda Crichlow ... Anita
Carrie Colak ... Lori
Lila Yee ... Miss Ho

Nicolas Wright ... Timmy

Kwasi Songui ... Ronald
Mutsumi Takahashi ... Chicago Newscaster

Lawrence Dane ... Officer Holland

Glenn Bang ... Peking Palace Employee

Martin Thibaudeau ... Handsome Cop
Jennifer Seguin ... Happy Snack Customer

Randy Thomas ... Cop #1

Larry Day ... Cop #2
Luis Oliva ... Pablo
Terry Simpson ... Desk Sergeant

Robert Higden ... Boyfriend
Deepak Massand ... Karaoke Ninja Singer
Ralph Francois ... Onlooker
Roberto Blizzard ... Onlooker
Sean Spender ... Boneagra Cop
Freddy Bessa ... Boneagra Cop
Nicole Jones ... Malcolm's Beauty
Karina Shalaby ... Malcolm's Beauty
Julie Applebee ... Malcolm's Beauty
Jonathan Krespil ... Valet with Andre

Dave Fennoy ... Radio D.J. (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christian Potenza ... Officer Holland
Danny Wright ... VO Trailer
Jennifer Byrd ... Intern #1 (uncredited)

Christopher Dyson ... USA Today Reporter (uncredited)

Ilona Elkin ... Rachel (uncredited)

Ingrid Hart ... Sheila (uncredited)

Directed by
Jeffrey W. Byrd 
Writing credits
Wayne Conley (written by)

Produced by
Jeremy Barber .... executive producer
David Brewington .... executive producer (as J. David Brewington Jr.)
Mike Drake .... executive producer
Toby Emmerich .... executive producer
Matt Moore .... executive producer
Luke Ryan .... associate producer
Darryl Taja .... producer
Original Music by
Luce Gordon (Composer)
Marcus Miller 
Cinematography by
Robert McLachlan 
Film Editing by
Jeffrey Cooper 
Casting by
Tracy 'Twinkie' Bird  (as Twinkie Byrd)
Andrea Kenyon 
Canille Webb 
Randi Wells 
Production Design by
Kalina Ivanov 
Art Direction by
Jean Kazemirchuk 
Set Decoration by
Paul Hotte 
Costume Design by
Rita McGee 
Rita McGhee 
Makeup Department
Robert Allicock .... additional hair stylist
Virginie Boudreau .... additional assistant makeup artist (as Virginie Bourdeau)
Diane Geraldine Courchesne .... additional hair stylist assistant (as Géraldine Courchesne)
Jean-Jacques Dion .... hair stylist
Réjean Forget .... key hair stylist
Nathalie Garon .... additional hair stylist assistant
Emilie Gauthier .... makeup artist (as Émilie Gauthier)
Christophe Giraud .... additional assistant makeup artist
Tahira Herold .... additional makeup artist
Martin Lapointe .... additional hair stylist
Felicia Leatherwood .... hair stylist: Mr. Anderson
Colleen Quinton .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Ronald Gilbert .... unit production manager
Jay Vinitsky .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anne Alloucherie .... first assistant director: second unit
Anne Alloucherie .... second assistant director
Stéphane Byl .... assistant director
Myron Hoffert .... first assistant director
Carl Kouri .... third assistant director
Art Department
Rejean Brochu .... construction supervisor
Isabelle Côté .... graphic designer
Katia Kim Depatie .... props
Vincent Gingras-Liberali .... set designer
Erik Gosselin .... special props creator
Geoffroy Gosselin .... set dresser
Michele Laliberte .... assistant art director
Doris Simard .... art department coordinator
Alex Touikan .... graphic designer
Jose Fernando Varela .... assistant decorator
Sound Department
Jeremy Balko .... foley editor
Jeremy Balko .... foley mixer
Maxime Ferland .... boom operator
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Matthew McKenzie .... adr recordist
Jonathan Miller .... supervising sound editor
Vic Radulich .... dialogue editor
Shelley Roden .... foley artist
Patrick Rousseau .... production sound mixer
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Louis Craig .... special effects director
Pierre Côté .... special effects technician
Mario Dumont .... special effects floor supervisor
Bernard Guay .... special effects assistant
Roy T. Anderson .... stunt coordinator
Lisa Marie Blair .... stunt performer
Guylaine Gosselin .... stunts
Tyler Hall .... stunt driver
Mic Jones .... stunt performer
Kevin Kelsall .... stunt performer
Gilbert Larose Jr. .... stunt double
Karine Lemieux .... stunt double
Darren Marsman .... stunt driver
Minor Mustain .... stunt performer
David Rigby .... stunt double
Sharlene Royer .... stunt double
Kym Washington .... stunt double
Kym Washington .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Francois Archambault .... Steadicam operator
Francois Archambault .... camera operator: "a" camera
Eric Aubin .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Pierre Beaulieu .... lighting technician
Stephane Boisvert .... generator operator
Roch Boucher .... second assistant camera
Chris Chanda .... camera technician: Wescam camera
Jean-François Dasylva-LaRue .... lighting technician
Yves Drapeau .... first assistant camera
Amelie Duceppe .... film loader
Gilles Fortier .... rigging gaffer
Julie Garceau .... video assist operator
John Harris .... rigging electrician
Mark Hryma .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Christopher Kralik .... photographer: props
Robert Lapierre Jr. .... grip
Patrice Lapointe .... dolly grip
Martin Lebel .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Eric Lefèbvre .... rigging electrician
Alfonso Maiorana .... camera operator: "b" camera
Alain Masse .... key grip
Mathieu Price .... grip
Dominique Ricard .... camera operator: "b" camera
Daniel Villeneuve .... director of photography: second unit
Martine Vincent .... grip
Casting Department
Shawn Roberts .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claire Breaux .... wardrobe assistant
Nicole Felts .... costumer: Anthony Anderson
Azmin Jaffer .... key dresser
Editorial Department
Darren Block .... assistant editor
Cynthia Conel .... assistant editor
Rachel Faith Hanson .... post-production coordinator
Michael Hatzer .... color timer
Jim Schulte .... assistant editor
Peter G. Smith .... assistant editor
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Eric Wilson .... post-production assistant
Location Management
Pierre Brunet .... key location manager
Mélanie Côté .... assistant location manager
Dominique Leroutier .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Michele Aristy .... score assistant
Bob Bowen .... music executive
Robb Boyd .... music editor
Robin Joseph .... music clearances
Marcus Miller .... musician: musical score
Gretchen O'Neal .... music production supervisor
Ralph Sall .... soundtrack album producer
Melodee Sutton .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Alexandre Juaneda .... transportation captain
Steve Leblanc .... transportation department
Daniel Ross .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
David Beauchemin .... production assistant
Guillaume Beaudoin-Aubin .... production assistant
Melanie Bergeron .... key medic
Cassandra Butcher .... unit publicist
Elisabeth Cormier .... production assistant
C.J. Dixon .... assistant: Anthony Anderson
Genevieve Doyon .... production assistant
Ava DuVernay .... promotional services
Terry Edinger .... production accountant
Michael Franck .... aerial coordinator
Marianne Girard .... assistant production coordinator
Jean-Francois Hall .... swing production assistant
Jean-Patrick Joseph .... special equipment supplier
Sotos Katakos .... cast/crew paymaster
Spiri Katerelos .... second assistant accountant
Nancy Klein .... first assistant accountant
Matthew Kosoy .... assistant: Mr. Taja & Mr. Drake
Marie-Laure Lemaire Viens .... production assistant
Andrew Matthews .... executive in charge of film investment
Paulo Quintans .... production assistant (as Paulo Quintas)
Bianca Rose .... assistant: Mr. Byrd
Yanie Salvas .... production coordinator
Joe Steele .... production resources
Yanick Veilleux .... production assistant
Kimi Webber .... script supervisor
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Daniel Villagomez .... credits administrator (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor and language
95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Factual errors: Corey is seen shooting an impact nail gun without a required air compressor, puncturing the rear tire on the kidnap van when he steals King from the previous kidnapping.See more »
Miss Gladys:[about Malcolm divorcing Renee] So you finally decided to divorce the bitch.
Malcolm King:The bitch is history.
Malcolm King:[Miss Gladys slaps Malcolm on the head] What?
Miss Gladys:What did I say about swearing?
Malcolm King:But you said the same thing Miss Gladys.
Miss Gladys:If I jumped off a bridge would you do it to?
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Movie Connections:
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Another comedian held ransom to his material, 18 June 2011
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

King's Ransom starts very weak, continues at a snail's pace, then finally gets interesting with fifteen minutes left. At that point, it's whatever. More than half the movie is weak so the likelihood of a rewatch is extremely slim. While the overwhelming amount of negative reviews online is a little too much for this film, it still comes off as just a poorly made, unfunny comedy.

Anthony Anderson is always one of the highlights in every film he is in. I liked his goofy Louis persona in Kangaroo Jack, his idiotic antics in Malibu's Most Wanted stood out from the entire film, and most recently in Scream 4 he was a great addition to the cast. He's always stuck in movies that fail to achieve anything they are trying to achieve. He is a funny and energetic actor with instant recognition even with his respective weight-loss. I will say even in this poor comedy, he still manages to impress.

The film centers around an arrogant, self indulgent rich man named Malcolm King (Anderson). Upset his wife Renee (Smith) is divorcing him and is expected to get half his earnings, he fakes his own kidnapping, but a crazy fast-food employee (Mohr) and a mad employee (Parker) also want to kidnap him to teach him a lesson.

The first forty five minutes of the film are nothing but overacted events that showcase nothing but the film's hyper activity and craziness. I liked both Anderson and Mohr's characters, but their antics aren't as funny that I would even come close to recommend this at all.

The writer of King's Ransom was one of the many writers for one of my favorite television shows, Kenan & Kel. It seems the jokes could've worked in a twenty minute episode of a Nickelodeon, they absolutely do not work for a ninety seven minute movie that is nothing but one poorly done slap sticky joke after another barely saved by two likable actors.

Starring: Anthony Anderson, Jay Mohr, Donald Faison, Kellita Smith, Nicole Ari Parker, Charlie Murphy, Regina Hall, and Roger Cross. Directed by: Jeffrey W. Byrd.

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