Ransom

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Buena Vista Released 1996

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Ransom

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Director:
Ron Howard
Released:
1996
Rating:
R

Gripping drama of a father's decision to spurn the FBI's advice and withhold ransom from his son's kidnappers. As the war of wills with the kidnappers escalates, the father struggles when his attempt to save his son's life may have backfired.

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  • 100

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Mr. Howard has made Ransom in the same clean, swift, logical style that sent his "Apollo 13" into orbit, resulting in a spellbinding crime tale that delivers surprises right down t...

  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Although the story is built around the automatically emotional situation of an imperiled kid, scripters Richard Price (who appears briefly as an uncomfortably handcuffed victim of ...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A persuasive thriller for most of its length, it stumbles in its attempt to become an upscale version of "Death Wish" and other vigilante dramas and ends up derailing with a soft t...

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    Action & Adventure

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    Crime, Thrillers