Father Hood

The Story of Father Hood, the Film

The film Father Hood was made in 1993, and is based on the true life stories and experiences of Michael J Hardy, an American gangster. It is an American adventure drama, with touches of comedy, and stars Patrick Swayze and Halle Berry and directed by Darrell Roodt.

The story of Father Hood begins when the children of a small time crook called Jack Charles are put into a corrupt state run home when their mother dies of cancer. Jack’s teenage daughter escapes from the home, tells her father how she and her brother are being abused in this home, and her father decides to pick up her younger brother. He kidnaps the boy at gunpoint from the bus transporting all the children to school, and tries to leave them with his mother. Unfortunately she is also wanted by the police, as she is a gambler and she also cheats at the games whenever she thinks she can get away with it. He takes the children to New Orleans with him, where he has planned a big theft that will set them up for life.

Bus Kidnapping Episode True To Life

The bus kidnapping scene in Father Hood was almost exactly like Michael Hardy described the episode, except that his children were both girls. Halle Barry takes the part of an investigative reporter who is determined to expose the evils of the foster care racket.

The ride to New Orleans involves a duel with a police car, some fights with hillbillies and gas station operators, and some different and exciting modes of transport, including a speedboat that is being towed to Louisiana. Meanwhile Jack, the Patrick Swayze character, makes some phone calls to the investigative reporter who originally wrote about the abduction of the children.

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Jack’s Mother Is the Gambler

One of the other supporting roles in Father Hood, is however, more realistic and also more fun. Jack’s mother, being a gambler, played by Diane Ladd, is tracked down in a Las Vegas casino, playing the exciting game of craps, just as she is just trying to palm the dice.

Craps is a popular casino game, and probably the one that is the noisiest. There is a group of players around the table, who all make gestures and call out, and Rita was convinced her attempt at cheating would not be found out. Craps is played with two dice. Bets are placed by the players, and then a shooter rolls the dice. Players can bet on the pass line, or the don’t pass line. The first roll of the dice has three possible outcomes. If the total of the two dice amounts to a 7 or an 11, the pass line bet win s and that game ends. If a 2, 3 or 12 is the total on the first roll, this is known as Craps, and the don’t pass line bet wins, and the game ends. A roll of 7 or 11 is called a natural. The numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 are called Point numbers. If the shooter rolls any of these numbers, this establishes the Point number, and the Point number must b e rolled again before a 7 appears.

While none of the critics thought very highly of Father Hood, most agreed that it offered a fairly exciting crime spree that the family would enjoy.