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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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Release Date:
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 R. Cross ... Byron (as Roger Cross)
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
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
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
Pierre Brunet .... key location manager
Cassandra Butcher .... unit publicist
Elisabeth Cormier .... production assistant
Mélanie Côté .... assistant location manager
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
Dominique Leroutier .... assistant location manager
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?

Crew or equipment visible: When the bus driving down the street at the beginning of the movie, the shadow of the cameraman is visible as the bus drives under a street light.See more »
Malcolm King:Don't drop the soap.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Crossover (2006)See more »
Worst NightmareSee more »


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12 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Painful To Watch, 25 August 2005
Author: christian123

Anthony Anderson is Malcolm King, a rich and cocky businessman who tries to get out of being robbed blind by his ex-wife in a divorce settlement by planning his own kidnapping. But someone else already has gotten the same idea, and now King is caught up in a game of "who has the millionaire?"

King's Ransom takes a harmless premise and turns it into a torturous experience. It is one of the worst attempts at comedy and it may be the first comedy ever that has failed to make the audience laugh at least once. It was like they weren't even trying to entertain the audience. I have to ask, what was the point? There was some potential in the premise and the cast wasn't terrible. However, the script fails the film at every turn and it was probably written by a five year old. It's just too bad this film wasn't meant for kids since they would have gotten more entertainment out of it. I would also be more forgiving if this was a kid's film.

The semi decent cast is wasted in this mess and nobody gives a good performance. Anthony Anderson gives a really bad performance as Malcolm King. He overacts like crazy and just ends up being really annoying. Regina Hall over did the airhead role and it got tired fast. Sadly, she probably gave the best performance out of everyone. Jay Mohr tried way too hard to be funny and it didn't work. Donald Faison and Kellita Smith should be ashamed for agreeing to appear in this piece of crap.

I believe the blame shouldn't only go to the screenwriter but to the director as well. Jeff Byrd does a really poor job at directing and he seems to be trying too hard. He sets up all these situations of different people trying to kidnap Malcolm on the same night. There was like four different attempts and none of them were funny. Also, all the subplots are weak and none of them are good enough to save the movie. I will cut Jeff some slack since this is his first real film. However, this isn't the way you should start off. Also, he has to work with a very weak script and an obnoxious lead. I really wish I was joking here but there is not one funny moment. It's really just 95 minutes of pure boredom and there is no point in wasting your time to watch this movie. In the end, this light comedy may end up being the worst movie of 2005. Rating 1/10

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