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|Starring:||Alan Ruck, Richard Riehle, Christopher Lloyd, Michael Jeter, Richard Moll, Haley Joel Osment, Brent Hinkley|
Two hoboes strike on a get-rich quick scheme to kidnap an overly-energetic 9 year old son of a local banker. Based on the classic story by OHenry.
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17 May 2013
An old fashioned family movie based on the O'Henry story about a pair of ne'er-do-wells who have the idea to make a few buck kidnapping a bankers son but find themselves more hostage than the uncontrollable child.You don't see much of Christopher Lloyd these days which is a shame as he shines in this light comedic role and the basic subplot of the film, let boys be boys is a message that is needed today.This is the type of movie that was a lot more common 30 years ago. I think we'd do better if this kind of story was more common.If you can't find it for purchase, look for it on demand somewhere.
17 May 2013
This is a wonderful movie that can be enjoyed by all ages. I purchased it, however, to show to my English classes after reading the story and found that it veered from O. Henry's original short story too much to be able to use it as a teaching tool. Nonetheless, it is indeed more interesting than the original.
17 May 2013
I SHOWED THIS MOVIE TO MY STUDENTS. THEY HAD RED THE BOOK AND THIS WAS REENFORCEMENT FORE THE LESSON. THEY REALLY ENJOYED IT.
16 May 2013
This review is from: The Ransom of Red Chief (DVD) I bought this for my children. they love it. Great price and it came in record speed. Even my teenagers liked it!
11 May 2013
This movie is a western, slap-stick comedy. It is appropriate for elementary age children and older. Some young elementary children will not understand all of the humor but they will enjoy the silliness. Parents will enjoy this movie because there is no bad language or sexually suggestive scenes. It is family friendly and may become a family favorite.
10 May 2013
This review is from: The Ransom of Red Chief (DVD) It's a fun family film packed with laughs.Received it in the advertised condition.
05 May 2013
This review is from: The Ransom of Red Chief (DVD) Great movie!! FUNNY!!!! Kind of like a Dennis the Menace movie/show, but insanely funny! Christopher Lloyd and Haley Joel Osment absolutely SHINE!
04 May 2013
This review is from: The Ransom of Red Chief (DVD) I remember reading this story when I was young.I was pleased to find it on a DVD.Sam (Christopher Lloyd) and Bill (Michael Jeter)are so funny when they kidnap Andy Dorset,which is played by young Haley Joel Osment.Andy thinks this is a FUN adventure and pretendsto be Red Chief, a fierce Indian warrior. Enjoy theoutcome. This is one of the O. Henry stories.
MMiicchheellllee 01 May 2013
I thought this movie was indeed a little bland at points, but overallit's a good movie to watch, sitting at home with your family, and givesa sense of warmth into the picture. I have always liked ChristopherLloyd (Back to The Future, Dennis The Menace, etc.) and I feel that hehas done well in this movie. Haley Joel Osment (I'll Remember April,The Sixth Sense, Forrest Gump etc.) has always been one of my favouritechild-actors, (next to Trevor Morgan of course), and does an explicitlywonderful job. I can admit, maybe he was a little too soft and, thelittle boy he played, is anything but nice. A dastardly, mischievous,little wretch, who enjoys nothing more than breaking the rules, (andno, no-one imagined Alex Linz playing the role of the little boy in aprevious movie, he did, and played the role with much more trouble inhim) but, I can say, that I did enjoy this movie immensely. And so didmy kids, sat through it and watched it the whole way through withoutany interruptions. (Which is actually quite of a miracle, becauseusually all they enjoy watching is cartoons and The Disney Channel). Isay well done, apart from the mishaps, and unfortunate casting in someparts (that I won't mention) a feel-good movie that I enjoyed, andwould watch again! Also, I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a littlemischief, and also, quite some feeling.
30 April 2013
Several years ago, I was away on business. Sitting in my hotel room, I was clicking through the channels when I rested on this Disney Made-For-TV movie, which was just starting. I enjoyed it so much that I called my husband, who was home with the kids two hours earlier than where I was (CA versus the midwest), and asked him to tape it for me, suggesting he and the kids would enjoy it in the meanwhile. I am happy that it finally came out on DVD and I can toss the recorded VHS. This is "standard" family entertainment, Disney style, and I enjoy the silliness. I agree with previous reviewers that it is reminiscent of "The Apple Dumpling Gang" movies, because the "bad guys" are inept and comical and usually steal the show. If you can watch, without laughing, the parts where the sidekick is trying to shake a spider off his forehead, or where the town magnate is trying to figure out just what animal the cook has prepared for his dinner, well, you just don't have enough kid left in you!
30 April 2013
The video is adorable; I showed it to my students after reading the short story in class. It arrived a day late, even though I paid the extra money for quicker delivery, and the disk gets stuck and skips.Since I couldn't find the movie anywhere in town, I guess that "beggars can't be choosers!"
29 April 2013
This review is from: The Ransom of Red Chief (DVD) Haley Joel Osman hits the mark as Red Chief. I only wish that the screen writer had allowed the connection with the outlaws to expand. Some of the liberities taken in the script force the audience out of the story rather than pulling them further into the action. The connection to a previous O. Henry short story is truely interesting and begs to be told on film. On a whole, this is an excellent piece that works well to encourage class discussion in both English and Drama classes. Teachers this is a good source for cross over study. Parents your children will enjoy this film.
29 April 2013
This review is from: The Ransom of Red Chief (DVD) The DVD wasn't like the story very much but it was still fun to watch. Haley Joel Osment was really cute--what a character!
28 April 2013
This review is from: The Ransom of Red Chief (DVD) I was very excited to view this movie, as I was going to have my students compare/contrast the movie to the story they had just finished reading in class. However, when we started the movie it started to skip and stall 20 minutes in, leaving students asking questions about how the actual kidnapping took place! I was extremely disappointed!
26 April 2013
This review is from: The Ransom of Red Chief [VHS] (VHS Tape) "The Ransom of Red Chief" is of course one of the most famous stories of O Henry. I think everyone knows the story of the hilarious misadventures of two "kidnappers" and one mischievous boy, so I won't repeat it here. Like "The Gift of the Magi" or "The Last Leaf," the 1910 short story is now part of our culture both in and out of America.Sadly the 1998 made-for-TV version, loosely based on the beloved O Henry story, is not very good - not because of its numerous departures from the original source material (I'm kind of a guy who enjoyed "Oliver!" and its dancing Fagin), but because of the film's too slow pace and unfocused direction, especially in the first half. There are many silly and incredibly corny jokes, which are mostly sight gags or slapstick including the boy's pompous father stepping on a roller skate (not a banana peel).For me the problem is that director Bob Clark often forgets his job as a storyteller, desperately trying to make us laugh with silly jokes. Actors are all doing their best - Christopher Lloyd and Michael Jeter are very good as a pair of small-time crooks, and so is Haley Joel Osment as the little boy. Only that they deserve better material than making faces.Those who remember Bob Clark as director of such films as the 1982 hit teen comedy "Porky's," or more recently, inept and crude "Baby Geniuses" (in which Christopher Lloyd appears) and "Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2" will be surprised to know that "The Ransom of Red Chief" is a Hallmark production. To his credit, Bob Clark has also directed a holiday classic "A Christmas Story" based on Jean Shepherd's works, so Hallmark's decision is not without good reason."The Ransom of Red Chief" tries hard to be funny and touching at the same time. Maybe too hard. It becomes neither, lacking the characters you relate to, or the original author's wit and surprise.
25 April 2013
This review is from: The Ransom of Red Chief (DVD) The movie did not follow the details of the story as originally written. The short story was much more entertaining.
nellybly 25 April 2013
I realize that a short story, unless it's part of an anthology, isdifficult to use as a TV or movie story without a certain amount ofpadding but I think there is just a bit too much padding. It's a goodand fun family movie, I'll give it that, but I was hoping it wouldstick a bit closer to the short story. There were times I felt they'dused the title, character names, and a few of the incidents from thestory and that's it.It's best for someone who is not expecting it to be the same as theshort story.I think the 1975 version was much better and it still played ratherfast and loose with the story. Being shorter it didn't have a chance toplay _quite_ so fast and loose, though.I guess I'm just disappointed that they felt they had to change so muchof O. Henry's story.I'm keeping it around for my grandson who will enjoy it but I'll alsointroduce him to the source story. He's almost 10 so it won't be aproblem with his attention span and also will help him to realize thatif you've read a jacket or cover blurb (or even seen the movie) youhaven't read the story. He tends to base his book reports on blurbs.A nice cast was assembled and they all gave good performances.Christoper Lloyd and the late Michael Jeter are very dependable and apleasure to watch. Child actors, by their very nature, are often a bitcutesy and the boy should have been a couple of years older with acertain rough and readiness about him but I think they managed to makehim a bit annoying, which is almost as good.
24 April 2013
This review is from: The Ransom of Red Chief (DVD) O'Henry has done it again. Great Movie, Haley Joe Osmont did a great job in his part. He isa smart little boy.
Darthginger 19 April 2013
This film came as a shock to me, i found this extremely funny andintelligent (not including bill.) Good performances by the cast and anexcellent screenplay make this a must see film. Bill, the bumblingside-kickhas his share of laughs, and Andy's father gets a lot of laughs with hissarcasm.Haley Joel Osment, even though much younger still manages to steal the showwith another excellent performance.A class act all round, top notch film 10/10, and thats only because i can'tgo higher.
19 April 2013
This review is from: The Ransom of Red Chief (DVD) This is a fun movie that our whole family enjoyed. Mom and Dad remember watching an older version, but it was about the same. We read the book first and it is a bit different. The kids ages 8, 6, and 4 all thought it was a fun movie.