Sudden Terror: The Hijacking of School #17

Overview

This made-for-TV melodrama is based on an actual event that had been so thoroughly documented by the news services of the day that one is amazed that any suspense could possibly be engendered. In Dade County, Florida, disgruntled taxpayer Harry Kee Michael Paul Chan angrily protests a huge IRS bill by wiring up a box of explosives and hijacking a school bus full of special-needs children. Although the kids are terrified, Marta Caldwell Maria Conchita Alonso, the bus' Cuban-born driver, remains calm and collected ...
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Overview

This made-for-TV melodrama is based on an actual event that had been so thoroughly documented by the news services of the day that one is amazed that any suspense could possibly be engendered. In Dade County, Florida, disgruntled taxpayer Harry Kee Michael Paul Chan angrily protests a huge IRS bill by wiring up a box of explosives and hijacking a school bus full of special-needs children. Although the kids are terrified, Marta Caldwell Maria Conchita Alonso, the bus' Cuban-born driver, remains calm and collected throughout the ordeal, not only helping her charges survive the crisis, but also providing comfort and support to a teacher's aide on the verge of a diabetic seizure. But while Marta keeps her head about her, the kidnapper grows more and more unhinged, and the police surround the hijacked bus, ready to shoot to kill if necessary. Though slightly weighed down by a subplot involving the courageous driver's home life, Sudden Terror: The Hijacking of School Bus #17 manages to pack a wallop,even for those who are aware of the outcome. The film made its first network appearance on September 13, 1996.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2012
  • UPC: 043396409163
  • Original Release: 1996
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  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 55,925

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maria Conchita Alonso Marta Caldwell
Marcy Walker Lt. Kathy Leone
Michael Paul Chan Harry Kee
Dennis Boutsikaris Frank Caldwell
Bruce Weitz Lt. Dominick Caroselli
Elizabeth Omilami Glenda Siles
Cristina Karman Carlotta Arguello
Avis-Marie Barnes Det. Grantham
Brett Rice Det. Sims
Rus Blackwell Sgt. Gentry
Jim Coleman Off. Reynolds
Emiliano Diez Eduardo Sanchez
Leesa Halstead Juanita Sanchez
Marie Debrey Charlotte Stebbins
Nick Corirossi Fernando
Alexander Sommer Roberto
Andra Bovino Josephina Arguello
Melissa Lisboa Celena
Josh Bogrow Jimmy
Michael Allen Ricky
James Mayberry Capt. Ritter
Robert Catrini Danielson
Technical Credits
Paul Schneider Director
Paul Schneider Director
Bob Christiansen Executive Producer
Paul Dixon Editor
David Geddes Cinematographer
Michael Greenfield Executive Producer
Laurie Hannan-Axton Producer
S. Bryan Hickox Producer
Diane Jacques Producer
Jonathan Rintels Producer, Screenwriter
Rick Rosenberg Executive Producer
James L. Schoppe Production Designer
Tony Danza Executive Producer
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