Ransom

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Ron Howard directed this thriller which stars Mel Gibson as Tom Mullen, a former fighter pilot who built a ramshackle one-plane airline into a major multinational service fleet. Mullen has a multi-million dollar fortune, a beautiful wife, Kate (Rene... read more

Ron Howard directed this thriller which stars Mel Gibson as Tom Mullen, a former fighter pilot who built a ramshackle one-plane airline into a major multinational service fleet. Mullen has a multi-million dollar fortune, a beautiful wife, Kate (Rene Russo) and a nine-year-old son, Sean (Brawley Nolte) that he dotes on. However, Mullen's life comes crashing down around him when Sean is kidnapped. The FBI are called in, but Mullen is wary -- he was the recent target of an FBI investigation in which he was found to have bribed union officials while negotiating a contract. FBI Agent Hawkins (Delroy Lindo) advises Mullen to make the 2 million dollar drop to pay the kidnappers, which will make it easier to track the criminals, but when the tradeoff goes wrong, Mullen takes a new tactic -- he goes on television and offers a 2 million bounty for the heads of the people who kidnapped his child. Meanwhile, it becomes clear the kidnappers include Maris Connor (Lili Taylor), who once worked for the Mullens, and Jimmy Shaker (Gary Sinise), one of the cops who investigated Mullen for bribery. This remake of the 1956 Glenn Ford vehicle of the same name was scripted by Richard Price, who has a bit part as a police detective.

Original Release

11/08/1996

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Cast

Mel Gibson Tom Mullen
Gary Sinise Det. Jimmy Shaker
Delroy Lindo Agent Lonnie Hawkins
Rene Russo Kate Mullen
Lili Taylor Maris Conner
Brawley Nolte Sean Mullen
Liev Schreiber Clark Barnes
Donnie Wahlberg Cubby Barnes
Evan Handler Miles Roberts
Nancy Ticotin Agent Kimba Welch
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Ron Howard

Writers

Richard Price, Cyril Hume, Richard Maibaum, Alexander Ignon

Cast

Mel Gibson Tom Mullen
Gary Sinise Det. Jimmy Shaker
Delroy Lindo Agent Lonnie Hawkins
Rene Russo Kate Mullen
Lili Taylor Maris Conner
Brawley Nolte Sean Mullen
Liev Schreiber Clark Barnes
Donnie Wahlberg Cubby Barnes
Evan Handler Miles Roberts
Nancy Ticotin Agent Kimba Welch
Michael Gaston Agent Jack Sickler
Kevin Neil McCready Agent Paul Rhodes
José Zúñiga David Torres (as Jose Zuniga)
Dan Hedaya Jackie Brown
Allen Bernstein Bob Stone
Paul Guilfoyle Wallace
Iraida Polanco Fatima
John Ortiz Roberto
A.J. Benza Reporter Guest
Peter Anthony Tambakis Nelson

Producers

Editors

Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill

1997 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
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