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Hostage for a Day (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy | TV Movie 25 April 1994
Warren Kooey is a man who's tired of his current life; a witch of a wife, a boss who complains about everything he does and looses his lifesavings (stolen by the wife). He has only one ... See full summary »

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John Candy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Wendt ... Warren Kooey
John Vernon ... V.D. Regan
Robin Duke ... Elizabeth Kooey
Pj Torokvei Pj Torokvei ... Ronny
Kathleen Laskey Kathleen Laskey ... Jackie
Don Lake ... Lt. Sneed
Currie Graham ... Hondo
John Hemphill John Hemphill
Christopher Templeton Christopher Templeton ... Diane St. Clair
Walter Alza ... Ramon
Rick Bennett ... Caretaker
Vic Cummings Vic Cummings ... T.V. Anchor Paul
Monika Deol ... Monica Etheridge
Jack Duffy Jack Duffy ... SWAT Three
Peter Ferri ... Derelict Madman
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Warren Kooey is a man who's tired of his current life; a witch of a wife, a boss who complains about everything he does and looses his lifesavings (stolen by the wife). He has only one thing on his mind: Alaska... Written by Andreas Magnusson <am@wineasy.se>

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Comedy

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lieber Alaska als diese Frau See more »

Filming Locations:

Aurora, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Part of the movie was filmed in Newmarket, John Candy's birthplace. See more »

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John Candy steps behind the camera
17 October 2006 | by Lee EisenbergSee all my reviews

The year that John Candy left this life, he starred in one of the most atrocious movies that I've ever seen ("Wagons East"), but also directed - and appeared in - this light, interesting TV movie. George Wendt plays a suburban everyman completely fed up with his life. So, he pretends that he's been taken hostage in his house, leading to a media frenzy and the police surrounding everything. Only then, some real thugs take him hostage (Candy plays one of them).

"Hostage for a Day" makes neat use of Wendt's mannerisms, and is a fairly perceptive look at apparent satisfaction in the suburbs masking deeper frustration (along with media hype). Then again, maybe I'm the only person who interpreted it as such. For all that I know, it might have just been intended as a silly comedy. But I still assert that it's worth seeing. Also starring John Vernon.


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