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The Ransom of Red Chief


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Editorial Reviews

In this uproarious action-comedy, two bumbling ne’er-do-wells, Sam (Christopher Lloyd) and Bill (Michael Jeter) kidnap Andy Dorset (Academy Award nominee, Haley Joel Osment), the mischievous nine year old son of Ambrose Dorset, a pompous banker and civic leader. Andy is convinced by the duo that he involved in a madcap adventure and pretends to be Red Chief, a fierce Indian warrior. Andy is known for his wild imagination, so when his father receives a ransom note for only $47.50, he thinks it’s a prank. But when two dangerous convicts have escape from prison, Andy may finally be in real danger...

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  • Actors: Christopher Lloyd, Michael Jeter, Alan Ruck, Kaitlin Hopkins, Brent Hinkley
  • Directors: Bob Clark
  • Writers: Ed Naha, O. Henry
  • Producers: Ed Naha, J. Boyce Harman Jr., Robert Halmi Jr.
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Allumination
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002F6AVQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,615 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ransom of Red Chief" on IMDb

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Vmaguire on September 23, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this movie to show to my 8th graders in English because we had just read the short story the week before.
The movie surprised me in how far it strayed from the original story. I almost didn't show it.
But, then I thought that this movie was a wonderful example of author's purpose, particularly in how the
writers of this film thought it was more imperative to depict the circumstances behind this child's erratic behavior,
than to preserve the irony from the original story.

Nevertheless, I showed my students the DVD and they came up with excellent Venn diagrams illustrating the extreme differences between the story and the film.

So if you're a teacher, you might want to use this film to do a comparison with the story if you're reading it.
But, be warned of how different it is from the short story.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Christenson / Lunamation on July 9, 2005
Format: DVD
Comedy suitable for the whole family, but unfortunately not too funny. Supposedly based on a story by O. Henry, this was apparently made for TV and later remarketed on DVD to exploit the young Osment's new fame after he starred in Sixth Sense. It takes place in the old west, when Christopher LLoyd (Taxi, Back To The Future) and Michael Jeter think they can make a fast fifty by kidnapping the banker's son (Osment). But the banker doesn't believe them. Meanwhile the kid's having a grand old time playing with his kidnappers. Kind of like Disney's No Deposit, No Return; not as funny.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Little Angel on November 2, 2007
Format: DVD
I love this movie. I laughed so hard when I saw it. I admit it is very stupid but that only makes it more fun. There is no real deep story line and all of the charecters are dumb and dumber. All in all it is just pure good intertainment. Fun for the whole family.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Colonel Dan on August 24, 2005
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This is a good movie. It does have several slow parts, but it is worth watching. Christopher Lloyd and Michael Jeter play characters similar to Don Knotts and Tim Conway in the Apple Dumpling Gang. The scene in the mine where Old Hank has just had the spider knocked off his head is as funny as anything I have ever seen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Happy Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 25, 2008
Format: DVD
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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Covalt on October 18, 2009
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In my 8th grade English class, my students read O. Henry's "The Ransom of Red Chief," every year. The kids LOVE the story, and laugh right out loud. When I showed the video in class, they were extremely disappointed. The movie is quite different from the short story. It's a cute little movie, but it in no way compares to reading the selection orally in class. They thought the movie was fun, but they were looking for it to be much closer to the real thing. However, my kids learned a valuable lesson that made my heart SING!....The book is ALWAYS better than the movie!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christine on August 28, 2010
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This had to be the worst, most awkward movie I have ever seen. I could not even stand to watch the whole thing. It does not even stay true to the short story it is based on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen on September 1, 2014
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I ordered this movie without reading any of the reviews, because I love movies with kids in them, and I especially like Haley Joel Osment's early movies. I also enjoy a good comedy. But to me, this movie was pure stupid slapstick with some really bad acting. Haley did a respectable job of playing the role of a spoiled little rich kid whose parents give him everything but what he needs most, a little quality time with them. So, in order to get the attention he needs, he acts out in the worst ways. I can see where young children might like this movie, but I will be donating my DVD to a local charity.
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