The Hostages

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"Was it a kidnapping... or a rescue?"
  • NR
  • 1975
  • 59 min
  • 6.8  (814)

The Hostages is a 1975 film that tells the story of a group of terrorists who take a high school class hostage. The film stars Linda Blair, Martin Sheen, and Jeanne Cooper. The plot centers around the hostage situation that takes place at a high school. The group of terrorists, made up of four men and a woman, storm the school after an unsuccessful bank robbery. They take a class of students and their teacher hostage, barricading them inside the classroom.

Linda Blair plays the role of Lisa, a student who finds herself in the middle of the crisis. As the protagonist of the film, she is tasked with keeping the other students calm and finding a way out of the situation.

Martin Sheen plays the lead terrorist, Albert. He is a Vietnam veteran who leads the group of terrorists with an iron fist. He has a personal vendetta against the government and is determined to make them listen to his demands.

Jeanne Cooper plays the role of the school principal, Ruth Phillips. As an authority figure, she is initially at odds with the terrorists but eventually tries to negotiate with them to ensure the safety of the students and staff.

The film explores the psychological impact of captivity and terrorism on the hostages. The students are forced to confront their own mortality and contemplate the possibility of dying at a young age. The film also touches on themes of power dynamics and manipulation, as the terrorists struggle to maintain control over the situation.

The Hostages is a tense thriller that keeps the audience engaged from start to finish. The film's claustrophobic setting and well-constructed characters make it a standout in the genre. The performances, particularly those of Linda Blair and Martin Sheen, are also noteworthy.

Overall, The Hostages is a must-see for fans of 70s thrillers. Its gritty realism and exploration of complex themes make it a film that still resonates with audiences today.

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    6.8  (814)