The Taking of Dwyer One Two Three

Writer: Mike Lazorwitz
Directors: Mike Jiran/Mike Lazorwitz

Cast (in order of appearance):

  • Mike Jiran (Dave/Leader of the Kidnappers)
  • Tim Chester (Richie/Lieutenant Kidnapper)
  • Ryan Grusenski (Stuart/Second Lieutenant Kidnapper)
  • Jonathan Fedors (Mr. Dwyer)
  • Mary-Kate Figur (Girl #3)
  • Megan Buono (Girl #1)
  • Maddie Dullea (Girl #2)


If ever there were a B-movie from Waste of Time, this would be it. It's not that this kidnap thriller doesn't, well, thrill. It's just that it was made in the span of a few days while Marcus Walker was still being completed, as sort of a complement to it. The manpower shortage was obvious: just look at the directing credit. Jiran, Chester, and Grusenski play a band of rebellious high schoolers fed up with homework. To advance their cause, they plot to kidnap the affable Jon Dwyer, a soft-spoken and well-liked teacher.

The kidnappers' hotheaded leader grows weary of Dwyer's sunny-yet-sublimely-understated disposition after two weeks—imagine Jackie Gleason at his most irascible tending to a kidnapped Bob Newhart. This leads to some great moments, including some curiously deadpan physical comedy, and culminates in the second-in-command's "brilliant" negotiations with the authorities.


  • Dwyer starred Jon Fedors in the title role. The two men share nothing in common aside from a first name and an approximate height, but the stylized performance proved rather convincing.
  • The opening scene features Lee Chua's Algebra II Honors class leaving her classroom. Her notoriously difficult classes inspired the plot originally.
  • The closing credits include a plug for the Tele-Vision Studio Olde-Tyme Base-Ball Club, a.k.a. Team WHAT?!, the crew's team in the St Peter's Prep Wiffle Ball World Series, and its website (opens in new window).
  • The film shares nothing in common with The Taking of Pelham One Two Three aside from the first part of the title and the general theme of kidnapping. In fact, the "One Two Three" part of the title, which in Pelham refers to the time the hijacked train began its run, is utterly meaningless in the case of Dwyer. The title was chosen strictly as a very loose homage to a fine kidnapping film.

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