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Ransom [DVD] [1997]


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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise, Rene Russo, Brawley Nolte, Delroy Lindo
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Writers: Alexander Ignon, Cyril Hume, Richard Maibaum, Richard Price
  • Producers: Adam Schroeder, Aldric La'auli Porter, Brian Grazer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 8 April 2002
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000062Y5P
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,473 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Millionaire Tom Mullen (Mel Gibson) has built his career on business gambles. When his son Sean is kidnapped, he initially agrees to make the $2 million payment to ensure Sean's safety, but is assaulted by one of the kidnappers. Realising that he has no guarantee of Sean's return if he pays the kidnappers off, Mullen instead goes on national television and offers the ransom money as a reward for whoever brings the kidnappers in. When the kidnappers approach Mullen's wife, he doubles the reward. He is now gambling with both his marriage and his son's life.

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When it comes to ramping up to vein-bursting levels of tormented anxiety , Mel Gibson has a kind of mainstream intensity that makes him perfect for his heroic-father role in director Ron Howard's child-kidnapping thriller. When you think of Ransom, you automatically think of the scene in which Mel reaches his boiling point and yells, "Give me back my son!" to the kidnapper on the other end of a phone. Trapped in the middle of any parent's nightmare, Mel plays a self-made airline mogul whose son (played by Brawley Nolte, son of actor Nick Nolte) is abducted by a close-knit group of uptight kidnappers. But when a king's ransom is demanded for the child's safe return, Mel turns the tables and offers the ransom as reward money for anyone who provides information leading to the kidnappers' arrest.

Thus begins a nerve-racking battle of wills and a test of the father's conviction to carry out a plan that could cost his son's life. The boy's mother (played by Rene Russo, reunited with Gibson after Lethal Weapon 3) disapproves of her husband's life-threatening gamble, and a seasoned FBI negotiator (Delroy Lindo) is equally fearful of disaster as the search for the kidnappers intensifies. Through it all, Howard maintains a level of nail-biting tension to match Gibson's desperate ploy, and the plot twists are just clever enough to cancel out the overwrought performances and manipulative screenplay. Ransom may not be as sophisticated as its glossy production design would suggest, but it's a thriller with above-average intelligence and an emotion-driven plot that couldn't be more urgent. Adding to the intensity is a superior supporting cast including Gary Sinise, Lili Taylor and Liev Schreiber as the kidnappers, who demonstrate that even the tightest scheme can unravel under unexpected stress. Remade from a 1956 film starring Glenn Ford, Ransom is diluted by a few too many subplots, but as a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, it's a slick and satisfying example of Hollywood entertainment. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 April 2002
Format: DVD
Generally faithful to the 1950's version (starring Glenn Ford and Leslie Nielsen), the story concerns a wealthy - albeit shady - businessman who's son is kidnapped. Upon receiving the ransom demand, he decides not to pay and instead places the the sum of the ransom as a bounty on the kidnappers head.
Good performances throughout (especially Rene Russo) and a neat twist to the old formula, give Ransom an edge missing from some of the other modern thrillers around.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "spaceally" on 15 May 2003
Format: DVD
Ransom
Inevitably a butt clenching movie which aims, and succeeds in causing your stomach to turn, your heart to race and your eyes to glue themselves to the screen.
The storey of Tom (Gibson) and his wife(Russo) is of a terrifying ordeal. Their nine year old son has been kidnapped, and in return for their son, Gibson and Russo, will have to pay a ransom of $2,000,000. Will they pay up? Clearly they love their son. This is truly a harrowing story of bravery and madness.
Full of action, heart breaking acting and one of the most enduring scenes of emotion I have witnessed for some time.
I strongly recommend this film. Its well directed, well acted and has a great plot. What else do you need? *****
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE on 25 Oct. 2006
Format: DVD
ransom is a movie directed by ron howard and stars mel gibson as a multi millionaire with a loving wife and son and how happiness can be servered in a second when gibsons character has his son kidnapped by a savage and well organised gang who want $2,000,000 ransom if he wants to see his son alive again.

All well and good perhaps,except mel isnt a pushover and sees the kidnapping with a rage that cant be contained so instead of agreeing to pay a sum that he can afford he goes against the polices advice and the advice of his wife by going on tv and saying that he will pay whoever brings his son back at the expense of the kidnappers lives and that throws the plot upside down.

The film is edgy and nervey and well directed with good solid performances that all add toi make a solid show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ekb on 20 April 2011
Format: DVD
This film is about a billionaire whose son is kidnapped. the performances are spot on and Gibson is sublime. one word describes this film amazing, true classic. Its a remake, but a proper good remake kinda like oceans 11. A seriously good drama/thriller/action movie
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Feb. 2011
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Kidnappers snatch the son of multi millionaire airline magnate Tom Mullen (Mel Gibson) and demand $2 million ransom for the boys return. Initially it seems a straight forward case of pay the money and all will be well. But with a murky incident from his past hanging heavy on his shoulders, and an overriding feeling that no matter what he does, his son will not be returned alive, Mullen turns the tables on the kidnappers. He instead now offers the ransom money as a bounty reward to anyone who finds the kidnappers, dead or alive.

Perhaps with Ron Howard in the directing chair it's no surprise to find that the premise here is toweringly safe. To a parent the snatching of ones offspring is the worst nightmare imaginable. Thus armed with a considerable Hollywood budget and a cast list not to be sniffed at for any big production, Ransom ultimately ends up as a hugely efficient thriller guaranteed to keep sane adults interested. But it really should have been so much more, for although Howard does a stand up professional job, both he and his writers are guilty of not pushing it a bit further to keep the viewers perched firmly on the edge of their seats. What saves Ransom from a standard script devoid of some much needed jolts, is the absorbing performances of Gibson as the stricken and conflicted Mullen, and Gary Sinise as the snarly on the edge kidnapping kingpin, Jimmy Shaker. Their cat and mouse game, in either direction, gives the film its dramatic edge. For although the exasperation that comes from other quarters, Rene Russo's fraught wife and mother-Delroy Lindo's (excellent) FBI team leader; does need to be played out; as does the switch back and forth to the falling apart dummies in the kidnap gang, a film of this type needs serious drama.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H. Trivass on 21 Oct. 2002
Format: DVD
This film is bound to stir up the emotions of so many as it plays on the fears of every parent - a missing child.
Mel Gibson's character is rich and sucessful. His son Shaun is kidnapped and held to Ransom by a gang of criminals.
It tells the tale of the lengths a person would go to, to get their child back.
It is emtional,exciting, nail biting, brilliantly acted and with some really good twists and turns. You are literally sitting on the edge of you seat at the climax and points of the film will have you in floods of tears.
Brilliant stuff!
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This is a kidnap story where a Dad defies the kidnappers in dramatic style. Another film favourite replaced on DVD so VHS jettisoned. Well packaged and prompt delivery, Thanks.
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By Steve Knight on 31 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Excellent thriller, quite violent in places but don't let that put you off. Good story with first class acting from Gibson and Sinise.
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