• Ransom (1996)

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Ransom

Release Date: 1996

DVD Release Date: December 3rd, 1997

R |2 hr 0 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

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures, Imagine Entertainment

Keywords: Intense, Emotional, 1990s, Rescue, Investigation, Quest, Son, New York City, Fall, Mother, Gripping, Deception

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The movie would have benefitted from a tight rewrite (it is too ambitious in including plot threads it doesn't have time to deal with), but Gibson's strong central performance speeds it along. show more

  • 75
    Barbara ShulgasserSan Francisco Examiner

    Ransom is every bit as taut and expertly directed, and it's another in the emergency genre, one in which Howard excels. show more

  • 75
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    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

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama