Ransom (1996 film)
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Ransom (1996 film)

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Film information
Directed byRon Howard
Produced byBrian Grazer
Kip Hagopian
Scott Rudin
Written byStory:
Cyril Hume
Richard Maibaum
Richard Price
Alexander Ignon
StarringMel Gibson
Rene Russo
Gary Sinise
Music byJames Horner
Billy Corgan
CinematographyPiotr Sobocinski
Editing byDaniel P. Hanley
Mike Hill
StudioImagine Entertainment
Distributed byTouchstone Pictures
Release dateNovember 8, 1996
Running time121 minutes
CountryUnited States
Gross revenue$309,492,681

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'Ransom' is a 1996 American thriller film, starring Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, and Gary Sinise and directed by Ron Howard. The film was nominated Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama for Mel Gibson, and was the 5th highest grossing film of 1996 in the United States.

The original idea for the story was from an episode of The United States Steel Hour named "Fearful Decision" that aired in 1954. It was then a remake of the 1956 feature-length film of the same name written by Richard Maibaum and Cyril Hume starring Glenn Ford, Donna Reed and Leslie Nielsen. The film also was influenced by King's Ransom, a police procedural novel by Ed McBain which was, in turn, the basis for Akira Kurosawa's 1963 film High and Low.

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Films directed by Ron Howard

1970sGrand Theft Auto (1977)
1980sNight Shift (1982) * Splash (1984) * Cocoon (1985) * Gung Ho (1986) * Willow (1988) * Parenthood (1989)
1990sBackdraft (1991) * Far and Away (1992) * The Paper (1994) * Apollo 13 (1995) * Ransom (1996) * EDtv (1999)
2000sHow the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) * A Beautiful Mind (2001) * The Missing (2003) * Cinderella Man (2005) * The Da Vinci Code (2006) * Frost/Nixon (2008) * Angels & Demons (2009)
2010sCheaters (2011)

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