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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.

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Lee Stanley

Writers:

Lois Duncan (novel), Lee Stanley
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Cast

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 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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Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A túszok ára See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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A good thriller
28 January 2001 | by jetfiSee all my reviews

This film had quite a bit of action and a good cast. I was especially impressed with the plot twist at the end. Overall, its nothing incredible.... But, Dennis Hopper still did a great job in this one. Hopper's eccentric characterization of "J.D." was pretty awesome -- it made this direct-to-video film rate above average (in my opinion, anyways).


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