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When a multimillionaire man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then turns the tables on the kidnappers when he uses the ransom money as a reward for the capture of the kidnappers.

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Ron Howard

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Cyril Hume (story), Richard Maibaum (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Tom Mullen
Rene Russo ... Kate Mullen
Brawley Nolte ... Sean Mullen
Gary Sinise ... Det. Jimmy Shaker
Delroy Lindo ... Agent Lonnie Hawkins
Lili Taylor ... Maris Conner
Liev Schreiber ... Clark Barnes
Donnie Wahlberg ... Cubby Barnes
Evan Handler ... Miles Roberts
Nancy Ticotin ... Agent Kimba Welch
Michael Gaston ... Agent Jack Sickler
Kevin Neil McCready Kevin Neil McCready ... Agent Paul Rhodes
Paul Guilfoyle ... Wallace
Allen Bernstein Allen Bernstein ... Bob Stone
José Zúñiga ... David Torres (as Jose Zuniga)
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Storyline

Tom Mullen is a millionaire, he built his fortune by working hard. Along the way he learned how to play the game. He has a great family. One day his son is kidnapped. He is willing to pay the ransom but decides to call in the FBI, who manages to go into his home secretly. When he goes to make the drop something goes wrong. The kidnapper calls him again and reschedules it. On the way Mullen decides not to go and appears on TV saying that the ransom he was going to give to the kidnapper is now a bounty on the kidnapper. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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A Ron Howard film See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic, bloody violence and strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El rescate See more »

Filming Locations:

Bergen County, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,216,088, 10 November 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$136,492,681

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$309,492,681
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (DuArt)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The nosy reporter at the party was played by actual reporter A.J. Benza, and the partner of Gary Sinise in the convenience store scene was played by screenwriter Richard Price. See more »

Goofs

While Mel Gibson's character was driving to the quarry, notice that the same store fronts keep passing by. The most obvious one would be the yellow sign or a few lights that keeping repeating. This was because they were just driving up and down one section of Route 4 in NJ. See more »

Quotes

Tom Mullen: Why would they ever let my son go, no matter what I do? I mean, no matter what I do... pay, don't pay, comply, tell him to go fuck himself - why would they give him back? I mean, he's a witness any way you cut it. It's all bullshit, it's all just... seven out of ten.
Kate Mullen: What are you saying?
Tom Mullen: All right: Morlock Man gets his money, I don't think we'll ever see Sean again. That's if he's still alive to begin with.
Agent Lonnie Hawkins: Whoa, now. Are you talking about not paying?
Kate Mullen: No! No, we pay him!
Tom Mullen: Now wait a minute. ...
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Great film.
3 October 1998 | by Brad K.See all my reviews

Mel Gibson (Braveheart, Maverick) stars as the rich father of a kidnapped boy, played by Brawley Nolte (Nick Nolte's son). The kidnappers give a ransom of 2 million dollars. Rene Russo (Outbreak, Major League) plays his wife. Delroy Lindo (Clockers, Get Shorty) plays the head FBI agent on the case. Gary Sinise plays a New York cop. Gibson soon starts to doubt the chances of the ransom working, so he changes the ransom to a bounty on the kidnapper's head. The film is well-directed by Ron Howard (Apollo 13, Cocoon). The story line is gripping and well-written. Mel Gibson is excellent as the father. Rene Russo and Gary Sinise are good in their roles. Delroy Lindo delivers the best supporting performance, he plays the agent very convincingly. A suspenseful, entertaining, and overall great film. Rating R: (violence, language)


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