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A Father's Revenge (1988)

Das Rattennest (original title)
German terrorists kidnap the crew of an aeroplane as they leave the airport. The terrorists demand the release of two of their colleagues, who are to be extradited to the USA. The father of... See full summary »

Director:

John Herzfeld

Writers:

Tom Schulman (story), Mel Frohman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Dennehy ... Paul Hobart
Ron Silver ... Max Greenwald
Anthony Valentine ... Vickers
Christoph M. Ohrt ... Wolfgang Donner
Claudia Matschulla Claudia Matschulla ... Ingrid Kleist
Alexander Radszun Alexander Radszun ... Captain Schilling
Angus MacInnes ... Patterson
Joanna Cassidy ... Barbara Hobart
Arnfried Lerche Arnfried Lerche ... Albert
Helen Patton ... Karen Hobart
Matthew Burton
Deborah Dalton Deborah Dalton
Donald M. Griffith Donald M. Griffith
Karina Thayenthal Karina Thayenthal
Ulrike Möckel Ulrike Möckel ... (as Ulrike Mockel)
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German terrorists kidnap the crew of an aeroplane as they leave the airport. The terrorists demand the release of two of their colleagues, who are to be extradited to the USA. The father of one of the stewardesses decides he can no longer wait for diplomacy, and so flies out to Germany. There, frustration leads him to hire a former SAS counter-terrorism expert. Together they hunt down the terrorists. Written by Rob Hartill

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When attempts at all else fail, how far is one man prepared to go for his only child...And how far is TOO far?

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Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | West Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

24 January 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Father's Revenge See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Fast moving terrorist drama ........
28 January 2013 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Brian Dennehy comes to West Germany to rescue his Daughter from terrorists who have taken her hostage. Although short on action, the film moves at a rapid pace, as the desperate Dennehy enlists rather unorthodox methods for freeing his Daughter. Though not always logical, "Payback" a.k.a. "A Father's Revenge" is entertaining. The German locations add realism, and the acting is totally acceptable. Some of the accents are difficult to understand, but I guess that is the price for realism. The indifference of both the German and American Governments for dealing with terrorists is what eventually forces Dennehy to take action on his own. - MERK


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