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The Abduction Club (DVD) (2002)

Alice Evans , Daniel Lapaine , Stefan Schwartz    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Alice Evans, Daniel Lapaine, Sophia Myles, Matthew Rhys, Liam Cunningham
  • Directors: Stefan Schwartz
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Pathe
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008OP5T
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,721 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A romantic comedy based on real events from 18th century Ireland. A group of abductors kidnap usually willing young women and try to persuade them to wed. However, the local militia are tipped off when Strang (Matthew Rhys) is expelled from the club after falling in love with one of the girls. This mismatched couple, Strang and Anne (Sophia Myles), face a formidable challenge to survive once the militia are aware of the existence of the club.


"We are gentlemen brought together by necessity!" So goes the thinking behind The Abduction Club, the name of a wily gang of penniless 18th-century chaps who attempt to cure their singledom by swiping wealthy heiresses from the comfort of their own homes. The aim? To sweet talk them into marriage by morning, securing their future in the manner to which they are accustomed with the aid of the lady's hefty dowry. Daniel Lapaine and Matthew Rhys are two loveable rogues who get more than they bargain for with the feisty Kennedy sisters (Alice Evans and Sophia Myles), who give them a run for their money. But, with their family in hot pursuit, the question is: will the girls ever relent and fall for the boys? And if so, what will their folks say?

Based on true events, the whole setup of The Abduction Club is dubious, intended to be overlooked by the fact that these abductors are rather handsome, so of course the ladies don't mind being kidnapped. But to launch a moral tirade against such a frivolous film would be as ludicrous as some of the oversized wigs and corsetry on offer here. There is some dodgy acting and some even more unsteady scripting, but The Abduction Club is just a genial romp that aims to amuse, and little else.

On the DVD: The Abduction Club disc is completely bereft of any additional material apart from a trailer. --Laura Bushell

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars i loved this film 28 April 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This film is slightly predictable but wonderful. Small twists as the plot ran it's course made this film enjoyable. Terrific performances by Matthew Rhys and others added to the outcome, leaving me with an intense feeling of wanting to buy this film. It was wonderfull, i can honestly and really reccommend this film.
Although it was kinda predictable it was wholly enjoyable and perfect for a girls night in, after all, everyone loves a happy ending.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This film is amazing!!! 20 April 2007
By A. Box
Format:VHS Tape
I loved this film - it was all I expected and more!You know those films that you put on and they automatically bring a smile to your face and make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside well this is one of them!!!

Its an adventure, period drama, action, romantic comedy, drama and swashbuckler all rolled into one!

Its definatley one for the ladies though - I couldnt help but swoon over the two male leads!!!

This is definatley one of my fave films - a must-see!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a film not to be missed!! 15 Dec 2005
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I love this film! Its class actors' superb performances make it a thoroughly enjoyable watch. There is no getting away from the fact that it is a romantic comedy, so if that’s not your thing then this might not be for you, but its great comic timing make it enjoyable for all viewers. The only slight draw back of this film is that is does make you feel like you'd like to be 'abducted' by a lovely, gorgeous (slightly Irish-accented and looking like Mathew Rhys) gentleman on a white horse who'd take you away and marry you, just for the hell of it! ... but other than that, it's fab! The most under-rated film of the past 5 years, a thorough recommendation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light, Clever Escapism 24 Sep 2011
Loved it for several reasons: (1)This is not a dreamed-up scriptwriter's tale. Abduction clubs really existed in Ireland in the 18th century. Improvements in inheritance laws would eventually make them unnecessary, but for a time, abduction was a way to snare a monied bride. (2)These fictitious characters are really quite funny, or at least what happens to these two smart-aleck, good-looking rogues when they take on the Kennedy sisters is. (3)The film has a quick pace and one does not have to worry much about how it will turn out. Sometimes you just want a film like that. Too bad it has never been released in the United States. I watched it in Europe. Some critics found it distasteful and degrading to women, but I am an American career woman and I enjoyed it. Come on, U.S. distributors, why are you not picking this one up?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A feel-good period romance 8 Jun 2008
I thought this was a great little movie that parodied the troubles of those 'unfortunate' enough to be born second sons in the gentry. It is witty in places, making me laugh aloud several times. I thought both the leading men were great - in looks and acting. Strang definately steals the movie. I smiled all the way through and would definatley watch it again.

The critic in me though couldn't help but wonder why Catherine sounded a little wooden when she revealed the truth about the family fortune. The story could have been stretched a little longer.

Overall, a different take from your usual regency-type romance since it doesn't take itself too seriously. One I'll be adding to my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun romantic period drama 1 Oct 2012
By Josh
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This film, based upon the real life exploits of less eligible batchelors of the nobility, is a fun rolic through 1800's Ireland. The period detail is good, it is a fun film, but there is also betrayal and danger, and of course romance. Not a classic, but enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be ready to be swept off your feet 9 Aug 2014
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This film is fab fab fab. The dresses, big houses and gardens are beautiful, hehehe the gentleman are too. It's quite funny. Made me giggle. Have to say i don't like wide screen. But glad to finally own the dvd. Too all girls out there if you like romantic films this dvd is definitely for you. Be ready to be swept off your feet. Put the kids to bed, bring the tea and biscuits in before you start the film. Hope you enjoy this film.. Mrs Skinner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - Loved It 10 Jun 2008
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June 2008 - Loved it so much I purchased both the DVD and VHS the next day. I will be watching this many times over and am pleased it is part of my collection. Oh where is a time machine when you need it. Love the 1700s yes life was short but it is the quality not the quantity that matters. Just made my day and brought stunning colour into an ordinary rainy day. I just saw it quite by chance and thought oh goodness this is FANTASTIC!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I like the humour and the odd
Unusual period drama. I like the humour and the odd story
Published 6 days ago by amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars good story!
A great film ...enjoyed it a lot as did the rest of the family. Don't be put off by the title!
Published 9 days ago by ZebraGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted and fun. I enjoyed it tremendously
This is a very pleasant movie. Light hearted and fun. I enjoyed it tremendously.
Published 15 days ago by Rosalinda Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable romp!
Nice little story.
I enjoyed it very much
Published 19 days ago by VeeJay L
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good dvd
Published 3 months ago by chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight but great fun
This is not a cerebral film, it is a great family romp, funny and a little sad at times. Beautifully filmed, and of course the fantastically beautiful Sophia Myles to look at. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joe Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars everything was good. Was exactly as said
thank you, everything was good. Was exactly as said, yes would use this seller again, happy with service and product."
Published 7 months ago by sandy
4.0 out of 5 stars The Abduction Club (DVD) (2002) Alice Evans
Good family entertainment fun film with know immorality old fashioned adventure and love story we both enjoyed
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Published 15 months ago by Allan Peppin
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this film, have since i saw it on tv
A great funny historical romance, the plot is obvious with hero's etc but fun to watch highly recommended for fun
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars havent seen yet
con not comment as I have seen it but it looks funny lets hope it is when i get round to it
Published 15 months ago by josepha
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