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No Deposit, No Return (1976)

During school-break, two kids are to stay with their rich Granpa but they would rather join their mother overseas, so, in need of plane-ticket cash, they convince two petty-criminals to fake-kidnap them for a ransom they could all share.

Director:

Norman Tokar

Writers:

Arthur Alsberg (screenplay), Don Nelson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Niven ... J.W. Osborne
Darren McGavin ... Duke
Don Knotts ... Bert
Herschel Bernardi ... Sgt. Turner
Barbara Feldon ... Carolyn
Kim Richards ... Tracy
Brad Savage ... Jay
John Williams ... Jameson
Charles Martin Smith ... Longnecker (as Charlie Martin Smith)
Vic Tayback ... Big Joe
Bob Hastings ... Peter
Louis Guss Louis Guss ... Freddie
Richard O'Brien Richard O'Brien ... Capt. Boland
Barney Phillips ... Sgt. Benson
Ruth Manning Ruth Manning ... Miss Murdock
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Storyline

After finding out that their mother is going to be working through another school holiday, two children are shipped to spend the holiday with their Grandfather. On their way to their Grandfather, the children decide to fly to see their mother in Hong Kong instead but they need money for tickets. They accidentally run into two criminals at the airport and end up in a taxi with them. At the criminal's hideout, the children decide to send a ransom note to their Grandfather to fund their flight to Hong Kong and help the criminals pay a debt. Shenanigans ensue and like O. Henry's novel, of "The Ransom of Red Chief" the ransom decreases as time passes. Written by Shanna M.

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It's cash for keeps in a hilarious run for the money! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Double Trouble See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Don Knotts said that one day, while he was filming scenes for this project in the San Francisco airport, a director approached him and said he would like to cast him in a more dramatic film one time. Although this never happened, Knotts said he was flattered by the offer. The director that suggested this idea to Don Knotts, was Sam Peckinpah. See more »

Goofs

When they are trying to open the safe, Bert wraps the tape around his fingers once in his face shot then again in Duke's face shot. See more »

Quotes

J.W. Osborne: Now we're even.
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Connections

Referenced in Return from Witch Mountain (1978) See more »

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Great fun, Great comedy, Great story, in one Great movie
25 July 2007 | by jre-5See all my reviews

I have been watching this for longer than any other movie, over 25 years now, ever since I was a little kid. I have probably seen it hundreds of times, and yet to this day it still remains one of my favorites. It's very fun and clean comedy, more movies should be like this. Some of it is a bit crazy, like the long car chase, but it's also truly hilarious and great comedy that to me doesn't grow old. I also really like the story which is rather unique. It's great in the way that two would be criminals actually become very good people. I find it quite touching how they get to having a good time with the kids, and what they do near the end to help them. And it's got a very happy and satisfying ending. It's great fun, great comedy, and after all these years it's still one of my favorites.


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