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Taken (1999)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 1 June 2000 (USA)
A kidnapped businessman, finding out that no one is willing to pay the ransom to save his life, befriends his aggressor.

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Max Fischer

Writer:

Pierre Lapointe
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dabney Coleman ... Ethan Grover
Stewart Bick Stewart Bick ... Alan Cross
Dennis Boutsikaris ... Bill McMurtrey
Linda Smith Linda Smith ... Judy Grover
Michael Rudder Michael Rudder ... Syd Brooks
Dorothée Berryman ... Sandra Mathers
Brett Watson Brett Watson ... Alex
Michel Perron Michel Perron ... Murphy
Carl Alacchi ... Pizzolo
Zhenhu Han Zhenhu Han ... Theodore Kim (as Zenhu Han)
Hondo Flemming Hondo Flemming ... Hondo
Noel Burton Noel Burton ... Manager
Erwin Potitt Erwin Potitt ... Mr. Zaninger
Isabel Dos Santos Isabel Dos Santos ... Rosa
Mark Trafford Mark Trafford ... Plant Supervisor
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Storyline

Wealthy manufacturer Ethan Grover is being held for $2,000,000 ransom; his wife (who stands to inherit the company and collect on a huge life insurance policy) is reluctant to pay. Alan, the company's V.P. with whom she's been having an affair, urges her to get the money, but he may have ulterior motives. Along with Syd, the company's CFO, Alan's been investing company funds off the books to make a quick buck. Syd has his own problems, so he wouldn't mind seeing Ethan dead. Alarmed by his wife's indifference, Ethan has to figure out how to help the kidnaper get the ransom so he can get free. Can he pull it off while he's tied to a chair in an abandoned warehouse? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence, sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Verhängnisvolle Entführung See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Production Co:

Allegro Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Connections

Remake of Taken (1997) See more »

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A pleasant surprise.
22 March 2001 | by letterboxSee all my reviews

"Taken" was a pleasant surprise from Avalanche Home Entertainment. This past year (and with them teaming up under the Lion's Gate umbrella), their films seem to be improving and are actually good. Dabney Coleman did a fine job as a millionaire who gets kidnapped. The difference here is that people (mainly his wife!) has second thoughts about paying the ransom to get him back and now he is left up to his own devices to get out of this sticky situation. Coleman is often underrated as an actor and dismissed as simply a comedy or family film guy ("Tootsie", "Stuart Little", "Recess", etc.) but he has a strong range and can do suspense-drama very well as shown in "Taken." I'm not too familiar with the rest of the cast, but they all compliment the film well and while yes, this is a b-movie, what's wrong with that? It's still enjoyable and after some recent big-budget hollywood stinkers, it can be refreshing to watch a tiny little film that is more entertaining even though you may never have heard of it.


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