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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tom Mullen
... Kate Mullen
... Sean Mullen
... Det. Jimmy Shaker
... Agent Lonnie Hawkins
... Maris Conner
... Clark Barnes
... Cubby Barnes
... Miles Roberts
... Agent Kimba Welch
... Agent Jack Sickler
Kevin Neil McCready ... Agent Paul Rhodes
... Wallace
Allen Bernstein ... Bob Stone
... David Torres (as Jose Zuniga)
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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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Someone is going to pay. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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

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8 November 1996 (USA)  »

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El rescate  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tom (Mel Gibson) suggests "John Smith" as a good pseudonym; Gibson provided the voice for John Smith in Pocahontas (1995). See more »

Goofs

During the car trip to make the payment Jimmy speaks to Tom about "The time machine" and the two species: Morlocks and Eloi. At a time he states that Morlocks eat the Eloi, so they are cannibals. To be considered cannibalism a member of an species has to eat other member of the same species. So a Morlock eating Elois is not considered cannibalism. Could be considered a mistake of the character, who could not know this. See more »

Quotes

Tom Mullen: Oh, this is, uh, one hell of a deposit you got here.
Detective Jimmy Shaker: Shouldn't be a problem.
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The opening Touchstone Pictures logo is in black and white. See more »

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Referenced in All for Two (2013) See more »

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Endeavor Airlines Theme
By Jim Lang
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Never mess with a businessman
10 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

"Ransom" is no ordinary kidnapping thriller. It's a tense and believable thrill ride where even the people who seem to be in control are in fact not. And they know it.

Self-made airline tycoon Tom Mullen (Mel Gibson) has it all: a beautiful wife (Rene Russo), an intelligent young son (Brawley Nolte), and a thriving business. That's all about to change when his son is kidnapped. The FBI, led by Lonnie Hawkins (Delroy Lindo), is on the case, but after a mishap, Tom loses confidence in their abilities to get his son back. Tom decides to turn the tables on the kidnappers: he's offering the 2 million dollar ransom as a bounty for the kidnappers.

The best thing about "Ransom" is that no one knows who's in control. Tom may be calling the shots, but he's very aware that this gamble could end in disaster, something that neither his wife, Lonnie, nor the kidnappers are happy about. However, it also could turn in his favor: the kidnappers know that this is an opportunity to get the whole ransom that they were going to split between them.

Mel Gibson is one of the biggest names in Hollywood, and for good reason: not only is he very photogenic, he's an effective performer. Mullen is a desperate man, but taking risks is what he does best. Gibson is well-cast in the role. Rene Russo was the go-to female star for mainstream movies, but her career has fallen recently. While she's no Meryl Streep, she's a good actress. She doesn't have the juiciest part, but she's no mere housewife, and Russo makes the most of it. I've never been a fan of Delroy Lindo; his delivery seems pretty hammy in his performances, and there's no reason why Lonnie couldn't have been played by someone better. Gary Sinise is good, but too low-key.

Ron Howard started his career as a teenage actor, but now he's one of the hottest directors in Hollywood. Howard knows how to make a movie. "Ransom" is suspenseful and unpredictable. It's efficiently made and involving. What more could one ask for? The only problem I have with the film is the ending. It's not what happens (it's more or less inevitable), but Howard obviously did it the way he did as a concession to the studios: the last couple of minutes are so wildly improbable and over the top it destroys the taut level of suspense that has been built up.

Nevertheless, the majority of the film is well worth it.


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