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Ransom (1996) Movie Information

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Ron Howard


Mel Gibson
Rene Russo
Gary Sinise
Delroy Lindo
Lili Taylor
Brawley Nolte





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The owner of a rich airline is willing to do anything to get his son back, including giving the kidnappers $2 million in ransom. When the drop goes bad, he turns the tables and instead offers the money to anyone willing to take on the kidnapper and return his son. -- Chris Kavan

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Yojimbo 10/05/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Hysterical nonsense in which Mel Gibson gets red-faced and shouts a lot at some nefarious kidnappers who have taken his freckle-faced poster child of a son. Cold, calculating mastermind, untrustworthy psychopath, tart with a heart; all the stereotpyes are on display. Stupid contrived rubbish.

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Daniel Corleone 03/06/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I recall this to be an entertaining action drama film involving a multi-millionaire airline owner Tom Mullen (Mel Gibson) and his kidnapped son Sean. Tom and Kate Mullen (Rene Russo) receive a messages from the kidnappers amounting $2,000,000 as ransom. The plot was interesting with a slight twist in the end. Performances were sincere from the leads. Mel Gibson proves he is one of the solid actors around in this flick. Ransom is a well casted movie about making sacrifices for your family.

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mitchellyoung 01/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Ron Howard does a great job of ramping up the tension and excitement in this thriller, which features some strong action scenes and acting with immediacy from Gibson. Gibson's desperate performance adds another layer of high stakes to this kidnapping tale.

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Alaine 12/15/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Mel is so believable when he's nasty and hard nosed. Almost like it comes naturally.

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Snoogans 08/03/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Solid acting, directing and a couple of cool twists make for a good kidnapping movie.

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08/26/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Give me my son!!!!

Ransom is an excellent, intense movie with a strong cast, a great script, and an excellent director all rolled up into one. The film was released on November 8, 1996 from Touchstone Pictures and in my opinion was one of the best films of 1996. The film stars Mel Gibson as Tom Mullen, a wealthy businessman who runs an airline company which is the fourth highest airline in the world. He's married to his wife, Kate played by Rene Russo(who was great in Tin Cup and Lethal Weapon 4). They have everything in the world that they wanted, but it all crashes when their son, Sean played by Brawley Nolte(real life son of Nick Nolte) is kidnapped by NYC detective Jimmy Shaker played by Gary Sinese. Shaker wants 2 million dollars in cash with 50's and 100's and no marked bills or Sean will die. The cat...

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