Hostage for a Day

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Hostage for a Day
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Directed by John Candy
Produced by Adam Haight
Written by Kari Hildebrand
Robert David Crane
Peter Torokvei
Starring John Candy
Music by Ian Thomas
Cinematography David Herrington
Edited by Jeff Warren
Distributed by Frostbacks
Release date
April 25, 1994 (USA)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

Hostage for a Day is a 1994 comedic film directed by John Candy in his only directorial effort. Though the film is also billed as "starring" Candy, it in fact only features him as a minor character, as a Russian hostage taker. Produced with a mostly Canadian cast, the film was released one month after Candy's death.

The film centers around Warren Kooey (played by George Wendt), a copy-shop worker who, at the age of 41, 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 remodeling job by famous homebuilder 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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