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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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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The only film directed by famous actor, John Candy. See more »

Alternate Versions

Available on VHS in a "director's cut" and re-rated PG-13. See more »

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Not bad for what it is...
14 August 2006 | by dbauer321See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie on one Saturday afternoon like 5 years ago. I cant believe that I remember it but I actually do but I couldn't remember the name of it until I stumbled on it here. This wasn't a bad movie. I found it silly, light hearted, cheesy and kinda cute. George Wednt character isn't that funny but there are a few good gags in this movie, and he plays the role in a way where you can root for him. It left me satisfied for a Saturday afternoon movie. So what I'm saying is if you ever run into this movie on TV one (most likely) weekend afternoon, you'll probably enjoy it if you take it for what it is and not really take it seriously.


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