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Ransom (1996)

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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.

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Cyril Hume (story), Richard Maibaum (story) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

Someone is going to pay. See more »

Genres:

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:

| (special edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (DuArt)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Evan Handler later went on to portray Larry in The Three Stooges (2000), which Mel Gibson produced. See more »

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Shadow of camera on Tom's chest just after his son is kidnapped. See more »

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Detective Jimmy Shaker: [kicks over a large metal crate; shouts:] I'm going to kill him!
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Average thriller but the kidnappers point of view is interesting and provide's some nice moments.
20 March 2005 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

What would happen in the movie was no big surprise to me really, thanks to the bad advertising for this movie, in which the main plot twist was already revealed.

Still "Ransom" is a very good watchable movie. OK calling it average maybe is not completely fair by me maybe, cause "Ransom" is more than average at times.

It really is good that this movies shows both sides of the kidnap, both the little boy's (Brawley Nolte, yes, indeed the son of...) parents (Mel Gibson, Rene Russo) and the kidnappers (Gary Sinise, Lili Taylor, Liev Schreiber, Donnie Wahlberg, Evan Handler.). The fact that it also shows the kidnappers is what makes this movie even more tense actually.

I'm sorry but I just can't stand Rene Russo in this movie. Her character really irritated me at times. Best actor is Gary Sinise who was really 'hot' in the mid-90's, ever since his Oscar nomination for one of my personal favorite movie's, "Forrest Gump". It was also nice to see the at the time fairly unknown actor Donnie Wahlberg, who also did a good job.

The music by James Horner is good, still I'm curious about the original Howard Shore score.

Yes the movie has some good moments and is perfectly watchable but it most certainly is not Ron Howard's or Mel Gibson's best. It also is not a movie that I enjoy watching multiple times. Also the original from 1956 is still a better movie even if it doesn't have action or a spectacular ending. At least it was more tense and less predictable as this movie was at times.

7/10

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