Trivia / Taken


  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Liam Neeson himself never expected this movie to be very successful; not only was it a success, it cemented his image of a badass action star.
  • California Doubling: Certain scenes in the third film (such as driving ones) were filmed in coastal Southern Spain.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • In Germany, the first movie is known as 96 Hours... complete without translation in English, making finding this article exceptionally hard without the help of IMDB.
    • And in Russia it's called "The Hostage" (Заложница).
    • In Italy, it became "Io vi troverò" ("I will find you").
    • In Spain, it's "Venganza" ("Revenge").
    • In Latin America, it's called "Búsqueda Implacable" (Implacable Search)
  • Dawson Casting: 25-year-old Maggie Grace as 17-year-old Kim in the first movie. She's 29 in the sequel which is supposed to have happened two years later.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Irishman Liam Neeson plays an American.
    • Dutchwoman Famke Janssen plays an American.
    • Rade Serbedzija is a Croatian Serb and plays an Albanian in the sequel.
    • In the sequel there is not a single Albanian, because they found the movie to be offensive and disregarded the old and sacred revenge tradition. All the Albanians are played by Kurds, because even the Turks did not want a part in it.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Liam Neeson didn't really care about the first film and only took the job because he thought it was a Direct-to-Video film and would be a quick paycheck and also because he was trying to keep busy in the wake of his wife's death. His fee went up considerably for the sequels when he realized he had a franchise on his hands and he was paid 20 million dollars to play Bryan again in Taken 3.
  • The Other Darrin: Stuart from the first movie goes from being played by Xander Berkeley to Dougray Scott.
  • What Could Have Been: Jeff Bridges was originally cast as Bryan Mills, but he dropped out.