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King's Ransom (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 22 April 2005 (USA)
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Hoping to foil his own gold-digging wife's plan, a loathsome businessman arranges his own kidnapping, only to realize that there are plenty of other people interested in his wealth as well.

Director:

Jeffrey W. Byrd

Writer:

Wayne Conley
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Anderson ... Malcolm King
Jay Mohr ... Corey
Kellita Smith ... Renee King
Nicole Ari Parker ... Angela Drake (as Nicole Parker)
Regina Hall ... Peaches Clarke
Loretta Devine ... Miss Gladys
Donald Faison ... Andre
Leila Arcieri ... Kim Baker
Charlie Murphy ... Herb Clarke
Brooke D'Orsay ... Brooke Mayo
Jackie Burroughs ... Grandma
Lisa Marcos ... Raven
Roger Cross ... Byron
Millie Tresierra Millie Tresierra ... Woman
Rob Smith Rob Smith ... David
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Storyline

Malcolm King is a wealthy and arrogant businessman whose ex-wife to be has plans to take him for everything he's worth in their divorce settlement. Determined to avoid losing his fortune to her, Malcolm plans his own kidnapping with the help of his dim-witted mistress and her ex-con brother. Unfortunately for Malcolm, he is not the only one with a kidnapping plot. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines:

Big Man. Big Plan. Big Mistake. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jay Mohr had actual mustard splattered all over his face See more »

Goofs

Corey is seen shooting an impact nail gun without a required air compressor, puncturing the rear tire on the kidnap van when he steals King from the previous kidnapping. See more »

Quotes

Miss Gladys: [Renee calls Malcolm's office again and Miss Gladys picks up the phone] Malcolm King's office.
Renee King: You hung up on me, you old witch!
Miss Gladys: Call me that again and I snatch every hair off your black ass!
Renee King: Just do your job and get Malcolm.
Miss Gladys: Gold digger. Hold on!
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Connections

Referenced in Crossover (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby Calls
Written by Patrice Germain
Performed by Tony Perez
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Needs work
23 July 2005 | by Hypno-2See all my reviews

I had heard some pretty horrible things about this movie but i love Anthony Anderson so i decided to give it a shot. Kings Rasom is a comedy about a rich man named Malcom King (Anthony Anderson) who decides to get a divorce to avoid giving his wife a divorce settlement. I never knew how being kidnapped would help achieve this but were just led to believe that somehow this will work. He enlists his girlfriends (Regina Hall) aid to help him who has the IQ of a raising and calls her creepy convict of a brother to help her (played by the brilliant Charlie Murphy).

Unfortunately 2 more sets of people get the same idea of kidnapping him, at the same time what are the odds on that? You have the disgruntled employee who was passed up for a vice president position and you have a lovable looser who is stepped on by Malcolm king.

Kings Ransom does have some funny moments and interesting turns. But allot of things fall flat. Were supposed to believe that a man who built a company would make his bimbo girlfriend vice president? So many coincidences? The feds don't get involved when a millionaire gets kidnapped? My experience with the film was bipolar. At the begging i was hating it, then i started liking it, hated it, loved it, and in the end disappointed. Its as if the script self destructed being pulled in so many directions at once it just gave out. The ending was tagged on, character disappeared, had no purpose or just got lost in the shuffle.

Quite frankly if this was rewritten I think it actually could have been up there with kidnapping classics like "Ruthless People" but instead its just one more movie for the bargain bin.


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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Anthony Anderson Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,300,000, 24 April 2005

Gross USA:

$4,008,527

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,143,652
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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