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The Ransom of Red Chief (1998)

Two hobos strike on a get-rich quick scheme to kidnap an overly-energetic nine-year-old son of a local banker. Based on the classic story by O'Henry.


Bob Clark


O. Henry (short story), Ed Naha (teleplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lloyd ... Sam Howard
Michael Jeter ... Bill Driscoll
Alan Ruck ... Ambrose Dorset
Kaitlin Hopkins ... Agnes Dorset
Brent Hinkley ... Deputy Muldoon
Richard Riehle ... Narrator / Sheriff 'T-Bone' Yankum
Sue Bugden Sue Bugden ... Miss Dupa
Richard Moll ... Filthy McNasty
Brad Greenquist ... Strange Pierre
Haley Joel Osment ... Andy Dorset
Nancy Lenehan ... Temperance Lady 1 (as Nancy Linehan Charles)
Mary Linda Phillips ... Temperance Lady 2 (as Linda Phillips)
Nicole Kranidas Nicole Kranidas ... Temperance Lady 3
Al Mancini ... Assayer
Robert Dickman ... Second Town Man 1


Two hobos strike on a get-rich quick scheme to kidnap an overly-energetic nine-year-old son of a local banker. Based on the classic story by O'Henry.

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Release Date:

16 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Entführung von Häuptling Rothaut See more »

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Production Co:

Hallmark Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Haley Joel Osment is the big surprise here - and an unexpected one.
27 December 2011 | by Atreyu_IISee all my reviews

This is the typical TV movie. You can tell from its budget, from its look, from its minimalism...

Seriously, this movie is nothing (and I mean, nothing) special. Although very far from being good, it does offer some fun to its audiences, particularly by Haley Joel Osment (he really is the one who steals the show). This was before Haley got widely known. Even in his early years he already possessed great potential for dramatic roles ('Bogus' is one good example of that) and he is better known for his acting skills in drama rather than in comedy. However, in this TV movie he is hilarious (I never thought I'd say this about him one day), particularly anytime he mimics indians and calls himself Red Chief. Not just that, he is way funnier than gloomy in this movie. This is the living proof that Haley could do comedy as well as he could do drama.

As a movie, it actually deserved a 5 rating, but I gave it a 6 as a gratitude gesture over Haley's fantastic performance in an unusual role for him.

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