Ransom (1974 film)

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Directed by Caspar Wrede
Produced by Peter Rawley
Written by Paul Wheeler
Starring Sean Connery
Ian McShane
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography Sven Nykvist
Edited by Eric Boyd-Perkins
Distributed by British Lion (UK)
20th Century Fox (N America)
Release dates
14 March 1974 (1974-03-14)
Running time
United Kingdom 97 minutes
Country  United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $1.5 million[1]

Ransom is a 1974 film starring Sean Connery and Ian McShane[2] and directed by Finnish director Caspar Wrede. The plot concerns a group of terrorists who try to extract a large sum of money from two governments.

The film was known as The Terrorists in some countries.


A small group of terrorists have seized the British ambassador to the fictitious country of "Scandinavia", and are holding him hostage in his residence. Scandinavia's head of security, Col. Nils Tahlvik (Sean Connery), wants to take an uncompromising position, but he is overruled by the governments of both Scandinavia and Britain, who insist that all of the terrorists' demands be met.

A passenger airplane arriving at the airport of Scandinavia's capital city is hijacked by another small group of (purported) terrorists, led by Ray Petrie (Ian McShane). The airplane ends up parked on an isolated taxiway, and Petrie demands that he be put in touch with Martin Shepherd (John Quentin), leader of the group holding the British ambassador hostage. Petrie, who is known by Shepherd, convinces Shepherd that his group and his hostages should leave on the hijacked airplane, not on a military plane as originally planned.

Tahlvik and his group of military commandos make several attempts to thwart the terrorists' plans, but nothing seems to work out for them. At the last minute, Tahlvik figures out that the "terrorists" on the airplane are actually British secret operatives intent on capturing Martin Shepherd, and that the British officials have been misleading the Scandinavian authorities and undermining Tahlvik's efforts to capture the two terrorist groups. He boards the airplane alone just before it is to take off, precipitating a shootout between the two groups that leaves both Shepherd and Petrie dead.



According to Michael Deeley, managing director of British Lion Films, the movie was made for $1.5 million, which was covered by US and Canadian rights being bought by 20th Century Fox for $800,000, and the rights for the rest of the world being sold for $1 million.[1]

Media releases[edit]

It has been released on Region 2 DVD.[3][4]

It will be released on UK Blu-ray by Network distribution on 11th August 2014. [5]


  1. ^ a b Michael Deeley, Blade Runners, Deer Hunters and Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: My Life in Cult Movies, Pegasus Books, 2009 p 108
  2. ^ Ransom (1975) : Film
  3. ^ Play.com (UK) : Ransom: DVD - Free Delivery
  4. ^ Amazon.co.uk: Ransom [1974] [1997]: NOT the Mel Gibson 1997 film, Sean Connery, Ian McShane: DVD
  5. ^ [1]

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