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King's Ransom (film)

King's Ransom is a 2005 comedy film directed by Jeffrey W. Byrd and written by Wayne Conley, who was a writer for Kenan & Kel. The film stars Anthony Anderson, Jay Mohr, Kellita Smith, Regina Hall, Donald Faison, Nicole Ari Parker, Charlie Murphy, Loretta Devine, Brooke D'Orsay, and Leila Arcieri. King's Ransom was released in the United States on April 22, 2005, and, on a production budget of $15 million, brought in $4,143,652 worldwide.

King's Ransom
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Theatrical poster
Directed byJeffrey W. Byrd
Produced byDarryl Taja
David Brewington
Jeremy Barber
Luke Ryan
Matt Moore
Mike Drake
Toby Emmerich
Written byWayne Conley
Music byMarcus Miller
CinematographyRobert McLachlan
Edited byJeffrey Cooper
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
April 22, 2005 (2005-04-22)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$15 million
Box office$4,143,652[1]



Malcolm King (Anderson) is a wealthy, selfish, obnoxious businessman who is about to divorce his wife Renee (Smith). She plans to ruin him financially during the court proceedings, and King is willing to do anything to protect his fortune.

He enlists his mistress, Peaches (Hall), and her brother, Herb (Murphy), to stage a mock kidnapping. They are to make and receive a huge ransom demand, which would keep the money safe from his wife.

Unfortunately for him, two other people have similar plans to kidnap him; Angela (Parker), an aggrieved employee and Corey (Mohr), a good-natured yet hapless nobody who lives in his grandmother's basement and needs $10,000 after being threatened by his adopted sister.



Box officeEdit

King's Ransom was produced on a $15 million budget, but only grossed $2,137,685 on its opening weekend and ranked at #10 at the box office. It was released in 1,508 theaters and had $1,417 average. The film eventually closed on June 2, 2005 upon grossing $4,008,527 in the domestic market, and $135,125 in the foreign market for a worldwide total of $4,143,652. Altogether, the film ended up a huge disappointment, commercially.[1]

Critical responseEdit

On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 2% based on 50 reviews, with an average rating of 2.4/10. The site's consensus states: "Filled with crass dialogue, unlikable characters, and overdone slapstick gags, King's Ransom is an utterly inept would-be comedy."[2] On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score, the film has a score of 11 out of 100 based on 13 reviews, indicating "overwhelming dislike".[3]


  1. ^ a b "King's Ransom (2005)". Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^ "King's Ransom". Rotten Tomatoes.
  3. ^ "King's Ransom Reviews". Metacritic.

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