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World for Ransom

1954 1h 22m Mystery & Thriller List
Reviews 36% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
An adventurer (Dan Duryea) joins a plot to kidnap a scientist who knows the secret of the hydrogen bomb. Read More Read Less

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Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Nervy burlesque of Hustonian exotic thrillers Jan 11, 2011 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Fascinating early Aldrich, visually creative. Aug 9, 2007 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A marvelously understated film noir that parodies all those big-budget spy/adventure films. Rated: B+ Mar 16, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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Gary D I always enjoy Dan Duryea movies. This not one of my favorites, but I would still recommend this film. Competent supporting cast, mildly interesting story. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/24 Full Review nick s I found the dialogue nigh on impossible to watch. Actors reading lines of script at each other with almost zero connection. I was as bored with the screenplay as they were and couldn't sit through the whole thing. I've seen much better performances from Duryea. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 12/15/23 Full Review Audience Member inexpensive but well mounted melodrama. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Dan Duryea usually excels in his roles, but in "World for Ransom," he doesn't seem to know what to do. His performance is wildly uneven, but that stems mostly from the fact that "World for Ransom" was basically made from the scraps of "China Smith," a television series also starring Duryea. It just doesn't seem like a whole lot of effort was put into the film's creation, and that's why it comes off as an uninspired, shallow piece of work. That being said, I found myself strangely enjoying a handful of its sequences, most of which came near its end, and even though Duryea's performance is a mixed bag, there's more good to it than bad. Overall, "World for Ransom" is forgettable because of its lack of ambition and creativity, but it does have some redeeming qualities. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Aldrich evokes some killer ambience, particularly in his depiction of the seedy underbelly of Singapore. Otherwise, this is a dud. A weak, unimaginative script that fails to exploit its cold war premise, some humor that falls flat, very little real tension, and a lousy cast. Dan Duryea makes a terrible leading man, his reedy voice and smarmy demeanor are too irritating. No one else is that good in it, either. A short movie, but one that feels longer than it should. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis An adventurer (Dan Duryea) joins a plot to kidnap a scientist who knows the secret of the hydrogen bomb.
Robert Aldrich
Robert Aldrich, Bernard Tabakin
Lindsay Hardy
Production Co
Plaza Productions
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
Release Date (DVD)
Oct 1, 2015
1h 22m