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Ransom (1996)

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Multi-millionaire Tom Mullen's son is kidnapped, but after initially agreeing to pay the ransom Mullen then decides to use the ransom money as a bounty.


Ron Howard


Cyril Hume (story), Richard Maibaum (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Kevin Neil McCready ... Agent Paul Rhodes
Paul Guilfoyle ... Wallace
Allen Bernstein Allen Bernstein ... Bob Stone
José Zúñiga ... David Torres (as Jose Zuniga)


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. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Ron Howard film See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic, bloody violence and strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Tom (Mel Gibson) suggests "John Smith" as a good pseudonym; Gibson provided the voice for John Smith in Pocahontas (1995). See more »


When Tom returns in his penthouse after the failed transfer of the ransom money, he hugs his wife. In 2 shots (alternated with Hawkins talking) Tom has his left AND right arm on his wife's back. The next shot (when you hear the other FBI-agent say "this is no high-tech mastermind") Tom has his left arm UNDER his wife's scarf. Next shot Tom's left arm is on the outside again. See more »


Detective Jimmy Shaker: [shouts] You wanna talk to him?
Tom Mullen: [shouts] Yeah!
Detective Jimmy Shaker: [shouts] You wanna talk to him?
Tom Mullen: [shouts] Yeah!
Detective Jimmy Shaker: [takes gun out and shoots the phone]
Kate Mullen: [crying, punches Tom] God, you stupid bastard! You killed him.
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Crazy Credits

The opening Touchstone Pictures logo is in black and white. See more »

Alternate Versions

The laserdisc contains 18 minutes not seen in the theatres. See more »


Referenced in The Mentalist: Rose-Colored Glasses (2010) See more »


Worms 1
Written, Produced, and Performed by Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins
Billy Corgan appears courtesy Virgin Records USA
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User Reviews

Definitely worth your time
1 September 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

After being reminded how good an actor Mel Gibson can be in Expendables 3, I have decided to revisit some of his earlier work.

This time around i decided to watch 1996's Ransom.

I saw this in the cinema when it was released, but for some reason I have never revisited it. And I had totally forgotten how good this movie is!!

All the cast are superb. I cannot praise them highly enough here. Gibson who has contributed some tough fisted, hard as nails characters over the years is perfect as the vulnerable panic stricken father. Re teaming with Gibson after Lethal Weapon 3 is Rene Russo who is excellent as the desperate mother. Gary Sinese, Delroy Lindo, Donnie Whalberg, Liev Shrieber and Paul Guilfoyle are all solid support. There is not one weak link in the cast

Ron Howard has directed a movie that is a highly professional piece of work, swift and suspenseful, with a good sense of pace and atmosphere it makes for perfect entertainment.

Gibson is truly a great actor, and hopefully he can sort his personal problems and demons out, because as we all know Hollywood loves comebacks.

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Release Date:

8 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ransom See more »

Filming Locations:

Bergen County, New Jersey, USA See more »


Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,216,088, 10 November 1996

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS


Color (DuArt)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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