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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.


Lee Stanley


Lois Duncan (novel), Lee Stanley





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


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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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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Not THAT bad, honestly
27 January 2006 | by ljs00bSee all my reviews

This movie is certainly not a box office wonder, however it is relatively entertaining. As someone who has seen their fair share of movies that should never under any circumstances been viewed by the public, I can say that this movie is not one of them. The plot is fairly well contrived, with a delightful twist at the end that I was not expecting. The actors do a fair job, not worthy of an Oscar, but tolerable. The suspense is believable, I in fact found myself yelling at Bruce to run. It can suck you in if you go into it, not expecting to see the greatest thriller of all times, but simply...well I guess the best way to describe it is Hallmark Hall of Fame quality, only its a thriller, not a drama, and there is no cheesy love lesson at the end.

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