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Hostage High (1997)

Ricky Schroder , Freddie Prinze Jr. , Michael W. Watkins  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ricky Schroder, Freddie Prinze Jr., Katie Wright, Alexis Cruz, Patrick Malone
  • Directors: Michael W. Watkins
  • Writers: Larry Golin
  • Producers: Ardythe Goergens, Bernadette Caulfield, Joel Fields, Leonard Hill, Linda Ferrero
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2001
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N5QX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,752 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hostage High" on IMDb

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In the vein of "187" and "The Substitute" comes this explosive thriller based on a true story. While students at a local high school prepare for the annual prom and graduation, a tense game of wits develops when Jason Copeland (Rick Schroder), a former student with a grudge, plans to take over the school. Only through the courage of one student, Aaron Sullivan (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) and police negotiator, Skip Fine (Henry Winkler), do the students stand a chance in this edge-of-your-seat thriller!

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dedication shows through May 2, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film is based on actual events at Lindhurst High School in Olivehurst, California, May 1, 1992. The local community strongly resisted and resented the making of this film, but they tuned in just the same, and those of us involved agreed that the film is a powerfully, even disturbingly, truthful presentation of the events of a shooting spree followed by an eight hour standoff and hostage negotiation.
I was a technical adviser for this film, and so had the priviledge of visiting the set to see some of the filming, and to meet the cast and crew. Everyone involved with the project invested themselves very heavily in this project, were happy to be working with the director Michael Watkins (a real talent), and showed genuine interest in portraying reality as closely as possible. Their dedication really shows in the final product. Obviously, liberties have to be taken to keep a desensitized television audience enrapt, but truth be known, the portrayals in this film are very close to the reality of the situation, at least from the perspectives of the character portrayed by Freddie Prinze Jr. Henry Winkler's character is based on the story of another technical advisor to the production, and I suspect that this is also very close to reality. In fact, much of the script is taken from transcripts of tapes the police made of the event with hidden microphones. Producer Steve Natt and his associates worked for nearly three years to get this movie off the ground and have it done right.
Ten years ago, I lost a beloved teacher and three beloved classmates to a gunman whose own life had spiralled down into hopelessness and dispair. His pain and anguish led him to cause inflict pain and anguish on others about which the local paper still runs articles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY REAL... IN EVERY DETAIL!!! July 15, 2006
I was a senior at Lindhurst High School the day of the shooting in 1992, and this movie, which the story was based, has done its homework. There is not a day that goes by that I am not, in some way, reminded or affected by the horrific events of that May 1 day. I was 19 at the time of the shooting when I lost my first period teacher, which this film portrays. He was more like a lifelong family friend than just my Civics Instructor. He was a true mentor to me and an inspiration to everyone who knew him. He will continue to be missed and never forgotten. This true-to-life epic recaptures the raw terror and horror of the siege. I very highly recommend this movie to everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film but awful situation December 16, 2001
By A Customer
I love true-to-life movies and I just finished watching it without realizing what was in store for me. First off, I wanted to add that the DVD provides a commentary track with the actor Henry Winkler and director Steve Natt. The director Steve Natt really does mention where the film was done and where the story originated from. This film was based on a true story from Northern California and was filmed in Utah. The incident took place in May 1, 1992(during the week of the L.A. rioting) and the film began to take shape four years later. I think the director Michael Watkins did a remarkable job with this film by bringing the small town to life before our eyes. The struggle between the emotions and the urgency at hand were protrayed remarkably. Also, all those who worked on the music did a great job. Over all the acting is really good, but the story is not very appealing to many who rather see something more joyful.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but definitely a made-for-TV movie February 22, 2007
By suzi
I was one of the real-life hostages, so I bought the movie as soon as I heard about it. I knew it was a made for TV movie, so I wasn't expecting Oscar quality. I realize this is only "based on" a true story, so they have some artistic license, but they definitely did not capture the mood of the real-life events. It is much more like a mash up of the real event and a 12 year old's pizza party, which I found insulting. We did crack jokes and try to lighten the mood, but that is something you have to do in order to deal with having a gun pointed at you all the time. I blame the direction. All of that aside, the movie was interesting to watch, even as a watered-down version of the events and I think it would be a good conversation starter for parents and their children. I also give Henry Winkler a hair comb and two thumbs up. "ehhhhh"
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than expected ! November 23, 2001
I never heard of this movie before, so I decided to gamble as it has Rick Schroeder, who played Jon Voight's little boy in the 1979 The Champ. And this movie really exciting as it keeps you glued to the screen for its 90 mins running time.
The story is about a high school Drop out (Rick Schroeder) who got fired from his job because he has no high school diploma. So he came back to his old high school and started shooting at teachers and students and held the entire school hostage. It is said to be based on a true story but didn't say when it took place. Henry Winkler is great as the role of hostage negotiator. Freddie Prinze Jr co star as one of the student hostages.
The DVD is OK. The full screen picture is bright and clear and the sound is not too bad considering a made for TV movie. Overall this DVD is worth at least a rental.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rick Schroeder was impressive! February 10, 2002
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Until NYPD Blue did I ever see Ricky Schroeder in a dramatic roll as an adult. I loved him in that show, as did I in "Hostage High." He acted the part extremely well. His facial expressions and blank stares during the movie were eerie. Just like that of an actual crazed killer. Yet he also showed the confused and caring side of this person Jason Copeland.
I only wish they would have given more detail about the real incident and people involved. The end of the movie sort of left me hanging,wanting to know more about the actual event and the life of the actual killer.
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Finally I found this move. I saw it as a kid and searched everywhere. So glad I found it in almost perfect condition
Published 13 months ago by Nina Bone
I've seen this movie a long time ago when I was still in High School and I was really touched by this true story of how one young teen can go to any extent to put many innocent... Read more
Published 15 months ago by ricky norris
5.0 out of 5 stars hostage high
I am happy with the movie. it was worth it to me . it arrived to my house on time .
Published 20 months ago by JOSEPH STONE
5.0 out of 5 stars very happy
We loved the movie and watched it several times. It came in the mail very quickly. In fact, it came in the mail a couple of days later. The movie was good. Read more
Published on August 6, 2010 by Faith Y. Everling
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie - sad story
I saw this movie when it first came out, but it was called "Detention: Seige at Johnson High". i recorded it but it has since been ruined. Read more
Published on January 7, 2005 by Dawn B
4.0 out of 5 stars considering i was ther
I have saw this film and it is a good one but the problem is i was one of the real hosteges and the movie is close enough to dreg up alotta memmorys i have tryed to for get i lost... Read more
Published on July 29, 2004 by john mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Prinze and Schroder deliver amazing performances
I was impressed with the leads and this is a movie based on actual happenings. Prinze in one of his better roles and Schroder has never been better. Read more
Published on October 22, 2003 by Michael Bolts
4.0 out of 5 stars An awesome experience!
I was actually an extra in this film. During production the film was called "Detention". The director and everyone in the cast did an amazing job putting this movie... Read more
Published on April 4, 2003 by Mark "Kevin" Bowen
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