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R| 2 hr. min.

Plot Summary
Through a life of hard work, airline owner Tom Mullen (Mel Gibson) has amassed a great deal of wealth. When a group of criminals want a piece of his cash, they kidnap his son (Brawley Nolte) for a $2 million ransom. Encouraged by his wife (Rene Russo) and an FBI agent (Delroy Lindo), Tom prepares to pay the money, but the ransom drop goes awry. Enraged, Tom decides to turn the tables on the kidnappers by making the ransom a bounty on their heads -- which he announces on national television.

Cast: Mel Gibson , Rene Russo , Gary Sinise , Delroy Lindo , Lili Taylor , Liev Schreiber , Evan Handler , Donnie Wahlberg

Director: Ron Howard

Genres: Thriller

Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures, Touchstone Home Video

Ransom (1996)

Release Date: November 8th, 1996|2 hr. min.

critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • Slick thrills and the star's blue eyes are enough to make Ransom the fall's monster hit. Instead, Howard and Gibson stake out a Moclock side in all of us that won't be banished, not even by a happy ending. I'll be damned. show more

  • Beneath the handsome production values, the steady motor of Ron Howard's direction and the solid acting of Mel Gibson as a flashy airline tycoon whose son is abducted in Central Park, Ransom is pure poison: the kind of hang-'em-high rouser that feeds off our basest impulses and prods us into cheering the hero on as he commits grisly, retributive acts of violence. show more

  • This is a blueprint for mainstream moviegoing, but be forewarned that the finale is surprisingly down-and-dirty. In this case, though, the violence blisteringly redeems what has been a merely OK thriller. [8Nov1996 Pg.01.D] show more

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