VIDEO ARCHIVES WEEK: Hostages (1980)

VIDEO ARCHIVES NOTES: This movie was discussed on the December 6, 2022 episode of the Video Archives podcast and can be found on their site here.

Rene Cardona Jr. made some great movies — TintoreraThe Bermuda TriangleGuyana: Crime of the Century — and this film, which was also called Under Siege.

An organized crime gang attacks several casinos all at the same time, killing people left and right, and as they go their separate ways, the cops — hey there’s Hugo Stiglitz and Stuart Whitman as the law — get on their trail just in time for some of those criminals to break into a wealthy man’s house and take his entire family hostage.

This thing has car chases, bus chases, plenty of gun battles and even an airplane chase before it all ends. There’s also a bad guy that gets knocked off a bus and their guts go everywhere. This is like the United Nations of exploitation as its a coproduction between Mexico, Italy, Spain and Venezuela.

I also love that this has a class war inside it, as you may not feel all that bad for the rich family that gets taken by the mob. The way they waste wine and mistreats the hired help, your loyalties may not evebe all that divided.

You know why I really watched this movie? Marisa Mell has to land the airplane.

You can watch this on YouTube.

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