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Held for Ransom (2000)

Unrated | | Thriller | 14 November 2000 (USA)
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Five spoiled high-school students are kidnapped and held for ransom in a remote swamp area.

Director:

Lee Stanley

Writers:

Lois Duncan (novel), Lee Stanley
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Hopper ... JD
Zachery Ty Bryan ... Glenn Kirkland
Kam Heskin ... Jesse McCormick
Jordan Brower ... Bruce Kirkland
Randy Spelling ... Dexter Martin
Tsianina Joelson ... Marianne Donovan
Timothy Bottoms ... Fred Donovan
John Getz ... Mr. Kirkland
Paul Dillon ... John
Charlene Amoia ... Student #1
Michael Finuoli ... Student #3
Joe Hess Joe Hess ... Swamp Man #1 (as Joseph C. Hess)
Tyler Kuhn Tyler Kuhn ... Randy Donovan
Keith MacKechnie ... Detective Van Bommel
Brian Nolan ... Student #4
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In rural Florida, white trash JD, his wife Rita and their mate John murder a bus driver so they can kidnap five high-school students and demand $250,000 ransom per head. The kids are held captive end constantly threatened by JD and wife in their miserable swamp home in alligator country. The brothers Glenn (a cocky, dumb but popular jock captain) and Bruce (nice and bright) Kirkland and Dexter Martin, neglected son of a penniless Newyorker and the class's boxing-ball, must overcome or at least control their strife to deal with JD's envy-driven abuse. The girls must play in to his adulterous appetite. The ransom is questionable, so a matter of anguish for the parents. Several family secrets play a crucial part in the outcome. Written by KGF Vissers

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They Pay or They Die.

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"Awful" is the nicest thing I can think of to say about this movie.
8 March 2002 | by mowglisjSee all my reviews

I will never see that $4.25 again. Why did I rent this movie?

I sit here, in utter shock at just how terribly awful this movie was, on practically all accounts. Oh, how naive I used to be, to think that even the worst movie would have some redeeming qualities. This one had none whatsoever.

The wretchedness of the acting was obscured only by the abysmal script. The basic plot line (high school students from wealthy families, kidnapped and held captive in the Everglades), if it had been used to its full potential, could have become a C-minus teen thriller.

I would typically call a poorly developed character "two dimensional." Now, to call ANY of the characters in this waste of perfectly good celluloid as "one dimensional" would be an obsequious compliment. There WERE no characters in this movie. Just bad guys and worse guys.

My recurring thought throughout the movie was "Please, please, Mr. Alligator, just eat SOMEBODY, ANYBODY, EVERYBODY." In this small thing I was not disappointed.

Stay away from this movie! Stay away! Please, please, for the love of all that is good and decent, STAY AWAY!


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14 November 2000 (USA) See more »

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Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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