In this uproarious action-comedy, two bumbling ne?er-do-wells, Sam (Christopher Lloyd) and Bill (Michael Jeter) kidnap Andy Dorset (Academy Award nominee, Haley Joel Osment), the mischievous nine year old son of Ambrose Do... more »rset, a pompous banker and civic leader. Andy is convinced by the duo that he involved in a madcap adventure and pretends to be Red Chief, a fierce Indian warrior. Andy is known for his wild imagination, so when his father receives a ransom note for only $47.50, he thinks it?s a prank. But when two dangerous convicts have escape from prison, Andy may finally be in real danger...« less
"Comedy suitable for the whole family, but unfortunately not too funny. Supposedly based on a story by O. Henry, this was apparently made for TV and later remarketed on DVD to exploit the young Osment's new fame after he starred in Sixth Sense. It takes place in the old west, when Christopher LLoyd (Taxi, Back To The Future) and Michael Jeter think they can make a fast fifty by kidnapping the banker's son (Osment). But the banker doesn't believe them. Meanwhile the kid's having a grand old time playing with his kidnappers. Kind of like Disney's No Deposit, No Return; not as funny."
Colonel Dan | Austin, TX USA | 08/24/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a good movie. It does have several slow parts, but it is worth watching. Christopher Lloyd and Michael Jeter play characters similar to Don Knotts and Tim Conway in the Apple Dumpling Gang. The scene in the mine where Old Hank has just had the spider knocked off his head is as funny as anything I have ever seen."
Little Angel | Sunnyvale, CA | 11/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this movie. I laughed so hard when I saw it. I admit it is very stupid but that only makes it more fun. There is no real deep story line and all of the charecters are dumb and dumber. All in all it is just pure good intertainment. Fun for the whole family."
A Comedy That We Watch Over and Over
Happy Reader | Northern California | 07/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Several years ago, I was away on business. Sitting in my hotel room, I was clicking through the channels when I rested on this Disney Made-For-TV movie, which was just starting. I enjoyed it so much that I called my husband, who was home with the kids two hours earlier than where I was (CA versus the midwest), and asked him to tape it for me, suggesting he and the kids would enjoy it in the meanwhile. I am happy that it finally came out on DVD and I can toss the recorded VHS. This is "standard" family entertainment, Disney style, and I enjoy the silliness. I agree with previous reviewers that it is reminiscent of "The Apple Dumpling Gang" movies, because the "bad guys" are inept and comical and usually steal the show. If you can watch, without laughing, the parts where the sidekick is trying to shake a spider off his forehead, or where the town magnate is trying to figure out just what animal the cook has prepared for his dinner, well, you just don't have enough kid left in you!"
The ransom of Red Chief
Gregory D. Walker | ROGERSVILLE, ALABAMA, US | 02/14/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The movie did not follow the details of the story as originally written. The short story was much more entertaining."