Hostage for a Day

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Hostage for a Day
Directed byJohn Candy
Produced byAdam Haight
Written byKari Hildebrand
Robert David Crane
Peter Torokvei
StarringGeorge Wendt
John Candy
Music byIan Thomas
CinematographyDavid Herrington
Edited byJeff Warren
Distributed byFrostbacks
Release date
April 25, 1994 (USA)
Running time
95 minutes

Hostage for a Day is a 1994 Canadian/American television comedy film directed by John Candy, in his only directorial effort. Though the film is also billed as "starring" Candy, he in fact plays only a minor role, as a Russian hostage taker. Produced with a mostly Canadian cast, the film was released one month after Candy's death.


Forty one year old copy shop worker Warren Kooey (George Wendt) begins having a mid-life crisis. His plans are to take a trip to the state of Alaska, but his plans are derailed after his wife drains his entire bank account (approximately $40,000) to pay for a remodelling job by famous home builder and blond, long haired Italian heartthrob "Hondo."

In order to recuperate his money Kooey decides to pose as being held hostage by an imaginary Russian terrorist, and calls the SWAT Team on himself in an effort to extort $50,000 (to Kooey's disappointment, the incompetent SWAT team has suffered major budget cuts). Things take a turn for the worse, when a real Russian terrorist (Candy) takes Kooey hostage.


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