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When a rich man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then tries a unique tactic against the criminals.

Release Year: 1996

Rating: 6.6/10 (50,791 voted)

Critic's Score: 60/100

Ron Howard

Stars: Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise, Rene Russo

Tom Mullen is a millionaire, he built his fortune by working hard. Along the way he learned how to play the game. He has a great family. One day his son is kidnapped. He is willing to pay the ransom but decides to call in the FBI, who manages to go into his home secretly. When he goes to make the drop something goes wrong. The kidnapper calls him again and reschedules it. On the way Mullen decides not to go and appears on TV saying that the ransom he was going to give to the kidnapper is now a bounty on the kidnapper.

Writers: Cyril Hume, Richard Maibaum


Mel Gibson

Tom Mullen

Rene Russo

Kate Mullen

Brawley Nolte

Sean Mullen

Gary Sinise

Det. Jimmy Shaker

Delroy Lindo

Agent Lonnie Hawkins

Lili Taylor

Maris Conner

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

Paul Guilfoyle


Allen Bernstein

Bob Stone

José Zúñiga

David Torres

(as Jose Zuniga)

Someone is going to pay.

Release Date: 8 November 1996

Filming Locations: Bergen County, New Jersey, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $80,000,000


Opening Weekend: $34,216,088
(10 November 1996)
(2676 Screens)

Gross: $136,448,821
(13 April 1997)

Technical Specs



Did You Know?


Production was delayed a few days when Mel Gibson needed an emergency appendectomy.


Errors in geography:
If you study a Bergen County, NJ map, you would notice that Route 4 does not have any major connecting highway to the tunnels to New York. Route 4 was flashed briefly has he exited to Saddle River Road. The quarry is on the Southnound side of I-287, near Wayne, NJ. Mel's character uses Route 4, which only leads to the George Washington Bridge.


Tom Mullen:
[to Cubby who's]
What is it? Come on, what is it? A name. I swear if you tell me, I'll make sure you get the best funeral there is.

User Review

Fasten your seat belts!

Rating: 8/10

This is definitely one of those films that grabs a hold of
and does not seem to want to let go.Ron Howard's excellent
direction and Mel Gibson giving perhaps the performance of
career make this film worth seeing.Those of us who have
although many of us may not have the courage to push the
as Gibson's character did here,may appreciate this movie more
than those who do not.In fact,I might have been more reserved
cautious,even though I love my son just as much.This is a
thrill ride from start to finish,and if you have a strong
heart to handle it,then this film is definitely for you.