Direct Contact

Synopsis: Mike Riggins, an imprisoned ex-US Special forces operative in Eastern Europe, is offered his freedom and money to rescue an American woman, Ana Gale, who has been kidnapped by a ruthless warlord. But, shortly after freeing her, Mike discovers that the kidnap story was just a ruse to bring Ana out into the open. Our hero suddenly finds himself and his charge being hunted by ruthless government, para-military, and underworld organizations - all who want him dead and Ana under their control. With no one to turn to, and the enemies closing in, Mike must uncover the truth about Ana and bring her to the safety of the U.S. Embassy.
Genre: Action, Thriller
Director(s): Danny Lerner
Production: First Look Studios
90 min

You think you're a big shot.

Don't you?



You've been nine months here.

You pay nothing.

Well l'm sorry.

Are you stupid?

Well that's all l've got.

l should kill you right now.

Well what are you waitin' for?

That's no way

to start a friendship.


You don't look too good,

Mr. Riggins.

l'm Clive Connelly.

l'm an attach?

at the American Embassy

in Gourna.

l'm here to help you.

Well, l've been here for

almost a year now.

The American government's

a little reluctant to help

an ex-Special Forces

who gets himself...

locked up

for smuggling weapons.

- You f***ed up.

- No sh*t.

Mike, l hope you don't mind

me callin' you Mike...

'cause l understand

you got a problem with authority.

You think you're special.

Laws don't apply to you.

Obviously you're wrong

about that, pal.

So get to your point.


you're a permanent resident

of the worst f***in' prison

in the world.

You owe a lot of money

to a couple 'a very

dangerous men.

You stay in here much longer

you're gonna be a dead man.

You're a dead man

on the outside, unless...

Unless what?

l got a proposition for you.

One that could

get you outta here...

with a hundred thousand dollars

in your pocket.

We have a complex situation.

One that's a little too

politically delicate...

for us to be directly involved in.

An American citizen

has been kidnapped.

She's been held

for the past eighteen months...

at a compound

near the Black Sea.

By this man. Vlado Karadjov.

Calls himself a warlord.

So why didn't you go

get her yourself?

l guess diplomacy failed.

The f*** wanted money.

The American government

doesn't pay ransoms.

All right.

l'll get you the girl, but,

it's gonna cost you

two hundred thousand.


- When do l get my money?

- Ten thousand now.

The rest when you deliver the girl.

Twenty now.

l just happen...

to have an extra ten grand.

Now, my number is on speed dial

on the cell phone.

And this is a list of people

that may be helpful to you.

There could be one problem.

The girl might resist.

We think she's been drugged.

What do you mean?

One of our negotiators

was allowed to talk to her.

He got the impression that she...

was developing sympathy

for her kidnappers.

Which isn't that uncommon

when you've been kept

for this long a period.

We think the first guy

you should visit is here.

Zoran Posternoff.

He runs a nightclub

in the City Center named...

Club Thirty-three. l know.

Where's Zoran?


What the hell

are you doing here?


Business? Sit down.


You owe me thirty thousand.

l got ten right here.

- And?

- The rest, if you help me.

- How?

- l need to see Vlado Karadjov.


He's holding an American

girl hostage.

Take my advice.

Karadjov has powerful allies.

Nobody fucks with him

and lives to tell about it.


- So where can l find him?

- Okay.

Wait here.

l'm gonna see

what l can do for you.


Hi. You want a drink?

You read my mind.

l'll have raki.

- Make it big.

- Okay.

You're American,

you stay in Gourna?

Well, that depends on you two.

Here's to having a good time.

You are coming with us.

Hold him down.

You still owe me ten.

Remember, ten.

Nice to see you haven't changed.

Get him out of here.


What are you doing in my city?

l'm here about a woman.

What woman?

Ana Gale.

How much?

What do you mean?

Each time someone

comes with a bigger offer.

Only not big enough.

How much this time?




Her family wants her back.

lf you come here again,

l am not going

to just shoot you.

See, l don't like guns.

You shoot people,

and hospitals keep them alive.

Okay. We're through.

- What else you got?

- What else?

You got the Gloc

G-two eighty-two

that can open a hole inside

of a tank, you know?

Baretta ninety-two

with ultra fire.

Also, AK-forty-seven

with extended rounds.

Uh, titanium hull points.

What else you can

possibly need?

How about some

night-vision optics,

some stun grenades.


Are you going to fight

a f***ing army?

And some remote bomb triggers.


Well, l got an appointment

with Vlado Karadjov.

- Are you crazy?

- Apparently.

Have you picked out

your coffin yet?

He lives in a military base.

He's friends with General Drago.

The Butcher of Sobrewsky, he

make Milosevic look like a lump.

Oh, l know.

You don't have chance. Oh.

Where is that base?

Mama, Mama.


General Drago

Don't be scared.

Let's try that again.

l'm here to rescue you.

You're goin' home.

You won't scream?

Are you sure?

Help. Help.

Let go.

Get in.

Come on.

Let me go.

Hey, you gonna stop fighting,

and get in the car?



- Don't you dare.

- Come on, you. Get in.

Let me go.

Let me out of here.

Let me out of here. Let me go.

You son of a b*tch.

Let me out of here.

l could have been killed.

You gonna try to run again?


Who the hell

do you think you are?

Well, l'm here to get you away

from the kidnappers.

What kidnappers?

Vlado Karadjov.

l wasn't kidnapped.

- You weren't?

- No.

You weren't drugged

or somethin'?

What? No.

Well, why were you

with Vlado then?

Because l wanted to be.

l work for a health organization.

l came here two years ago

after a meningitis outbreak.

Once we got it under control...

he made me an offer to take care

of his hemophiliac son.

Look. Somethin' isn't right here.

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