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Hostages (1992)

Fictionalized account of British, Irish, and American hostages taken in Lebanon in late 1980's. Dark and brutal story of Terry Anderson and his fellow hostages and how their families held ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kathy Bates ... Peggy Say
Colin Firth ... John McCarthy
Ciarán Hinds ... Brian Keenan
Natasha Richardson ... Jill Morrell
Jay O. Sanders ... Terry Anderson
Josef Sommer ... Tom Sutherland
Harry Dean Stanton ... Frank Reed
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rasan Abbas Rasan Abbas ... Head Kidnapper
Conrad Asquith Conrad Asquith ... Terry Waite
Colin Bruce Colin Bruce ... Robie Burke
Colum Convey Colum Convey ... Art Agnew
Stephen Dillane ... Chris Pearson
Harry Ditson ... David Say
Tony Doyle ... Badraig Murphy
Paul Jaynes Paul Jaynes ... Newsman
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Fictionalized account of British, Irish, and American hostages taken in Lebanon in late 1980's. Dark and brutal story of Terry Anderson and his fellow hostages and how their families held out under the stress. Written by Tim Kretschmann <Tim.K@VirComm.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Panttivangit See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Totally Riveting
22 November 2003 | by suessisSee all my reviews

I was totally riveted to this film from start to finish. In order for the film to work the performances have to be excellent and they are. Even the actors playing minor characters are compelling. Particularly great are Jay O. Sanders and Ciaran Hinds. Also Kathy Bates, Colin Firth, and Harry Dean Stanton turn in winning performances.

While the film may be to a certain extent fictionalized, it does give a very powerful portrayal of the experiences of the hostages, and what they were put through. One particular sequence that is chilling is the recreation of the videos featuring Terry Anderson that were sent to the International News Media.

The film also makes you more aware of how international politics works and how scary our own and other government bureaucracies can be.


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