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Hostage High

4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N5QX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,500 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hostage High" on IMDb

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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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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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This was filmed at my old High School, Jordan High in Sandy, Utah just before it was torn down and rebuild. Was a total trip down memory lane for some of the scenes. Although, what the were using as the "band room" was actually the "choir room" Rick Schroder did an excellent job as did Henry Winkler & Freddie Prinz Jr. All in all, a pretty good early 90's flick touching on a subject matter that was ahead of its time, Columbine happening not too long after the release of this picture. Oh, and problem for me, the cover shows flames shooting out of the windows, Never happened in the movie. Guess the distributors thought it would make for a more eye-catching cover.
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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 lives at stake just because he failed. This can't be acceptable for punishing those students who have nothing to do with his problem, IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT MAN!!!
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I currently only have this film on VHS, and just rewatched it this past weekend, good but unquestionably disturbing. I have never witnessed these events first hand, but between Columbine and the bully related shootings and suicides, adults turning a blind eye to the severity of the issue, is No longer a rational option. 'Those who don't learn from their past, are doomed to repeat it' Possibly paraphrased, but hopefully you get my point, 'history repeats itself'. The three main actors did a nice job- seeing Freddie Prinze Jr. do a non-comedic role before everything else was neat, Henry Winkler, who I like anyway, was very good as the cop/ negotiator. Rick Schroder was tragically convincing as a late teen who finally got pushed over the edge, after losing everything he cared about. I don't condone his actions, to be clear, but can empathize with what he was going through. The script went back and forth between painting Jason/ R S as psychotic to a more tragic figure, which was also a nice touch. In case you haven't noticed from this review: I'm very anti-bully, anti-ignorance, scandal and many others that I'm running out of patience with. I may get the DVD, but right now, I'm not sure.
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I was a Junior in high school at the "rival" school MHS across town. My boyfriend was a senior in high school at Lindhurst high school at the time of the shooting, but was out sick that day. He lost a few good friends and a teacher that day. I remember our school having us run to meet our parents , as they weren't sure if the gunman was going to move from school to school or not. I remember listening to the radio and watching the news in disbelief that this was happening in our small town. Today my children attend Lindhurst and on May 1, 2015 one of the deceased students mother visited the school and shared memories to my daughters class of her son. I give this movie four stars for the fact they portrayed a high school in a small town that not many people know of.
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