Warner Archive Collection (series)
Yesterday Jim Molner was an ordinary guy. Today he's a desperate man, frantically trying to save himself and his family, held hostage by a demented terrorist who's demanding $500,000 not to detonate a bomb he's planted on a domestic airliner.
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: September 30, 2011
- Originally Released: 1958
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Rod Steiger, James Mason, Inger Stevens, Neville Brand & Angie Dickinson|
|Performer:||Kenneth Tobey, Barney Phillips & Jack Klugman|
|Directed by||Andrew L. Stone|
|Screenwriting by||Andrew L. Stone|
|Written by||Andrew L. Stone|
|Composition by||Howard Jackson|
|Director of Photography:||Walter Strenge|
[A] crisp, tightly plotted suspense thriller. It was written, directed and co-produced by the versatile Andrew L. Stone, who knows how to combine tension and plausibility. Full Review
Rating: C+ -- An ill-conceived attempt at making a realistic thriller about a mad bomber extorting money in a terrorist plot. Full Review
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Description by OLDIES.com:
A wife, a daughter, a steady job. Yesterday Jim Molner was an ordinary guy. Today he's a desperate man, frantically trying to save himself and his family, held hostage by a demented terrorist who's demanding $500,000 not to detonate a bomb he's planted on a domestic airliner. James Mason and Rod Steiger head an "A" cast in a jolting, psychology-driven thriller that, like The Desperate Hours, Suddenly and other 1950s films, turns home sweet home into the tense site of a family held hostage. Cry Terror! adds a sweaty layer of sexual tension as well, provided by Angie Dickinson as the terrorist's sinuous moll and Neville Brand as his benny-addled henchman, salivating over Molner's distraught wife (Inger Stevens).
On a perfectly ordinary day, the management of an airline receives a note demanding a half-million dollars from someone who claims to have put a bomb aboard one of their planes. When the device, a tiny but dead electronically-triggered explosive, is found, they're told that there's another -- the FBI and the news media are all present as it is retrieved. One of those who sees the drama unfold on the news is Paul Molnar (James Mason), an electronics expert, who suddenly finds himself in the middle of a nightmare along with the rest of his family-- he and his wife (Inger Stevens) and their young daughter are kidnapped by Paul Hoplin (Rod Steiger), a former army buddy of Paul's, who duped him into designing the devices, and now wants Molnar's wife to act a courier for the money. With her husband and daughter in the hands of two of the gang (Angie Dickinson, Jack Klugman), she is made to pick up the money and make her way across New York while a clock is ticking on their lives -- and she must survive being left guarded by Steve (Neville Brand), an ex-con, murderer, and sexual predator, and the least-tightly-wrapped of all Hoplin's gang.
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