Today’s favorite: Kidnapped!

I’m working on a scene that involves a character who has wandered off from his traveling companions is coming back to announce that he’s found what they all came looking for. He’s almost there, when suddenly he’s SURPRISED BY KIDNAPPERS, and he doesn’t see his friends again for months.

This has me thinking back through my favorite kidnapping scenes at the movies.

The first scenes that spring to mind are from Coen Brothers films: H.I. stealing young Nathan Arizona in Raising Arizona, and the two psychos who kidnap the screaming, shower-curtain-wearing woman in Fargo.

If you were going to point to a great kidnapping sequence, what would spring to mind?

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • elrambo

    Wel of course–Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped–the 1960 Disney movie with Peter Finch as Alan Breck Stewart and James MacArthur as David Balfour!

  • dbjr

    Kidnapping is a major plot point in the classic The City of Lost Children.

  • jacquesbarbey

    Touch of Evil- Orsen Welles
    the child catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    Man on Fire – Tony Scott

  • odgie

    Whoops! I meant that you can get the DVD off of Netflix.

  • odgie

    The short-lived 1996 series “Kidnapped” opened with, of course, a very suspenseful kidnapping/shoot-out right in the middle of NYC. You can get it off of DVD.

  • gaith

    Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s abduction from inside the Vatican was a good one, and the high point of Mission: Impossible III.

    Plus: Galaxy Quest!

  • mrmando

    Peter Lorre’s pursuit of the little girl in M. And after he moves in, all we see is her balloon caught in a tree…

  • syronai

    Billy Bob Thornton trying to kidnap a distraught Cate Blanchett as she speeds down the road in Bandits