The film starts out in front of a prison with two kids waiting for their father to be released. 15 months earlier the kids of small-time crook Jack Charles (Patrick Swayze) are put in a corrupt state-run home called Bigelow Hall when their mother dies of cancer. Jack's teenage daughter Kelly (Sabrina Lloyd) escapes Bigelow by breaking a window and fleeing in the night, and convinces Jack to pick up her younger brother Eddie (Brian Bonsall). While at a custody hearing, Jack realizes what's going on by seeing a line of kids handcuffed and chained together in a line, and decides to break Eddie out of Bigelow. First Jack tries to dump them with his mother in Las Vegas, but she is a gambler and a cheat, so the cops are after her, too. His mother later reminds him that they are his kids and that they're his responsibility. After leaving they go to the Hoover Dam, at Eddie's request, but the police soon arrive. As the police approach the kids, Jack drives his empty car off a cliff, to cause a distraction and plan an escape. He takes the kids to New Orleans with him, where he plans to pull off a big heist that could set them up for life.
Patrick Swayze as Jack Charles
Halle Berry as Kathleen Mercer
Sabrina Lloyd as Kelly Charles
Brian Bonsall as Eddie Charles
Michael Ironside as Jerry
Diane Ladd as Rita
Bob Gunton as Lazzaro
Father Hood was shot in Los Angeles, California, Hoover Dam, Arizona-Nevada Border, Las Vegas, Nevada, San Antonio, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana.
The film was released in North America on August 27, 1993 to generally unfavorable reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes currently holds a score of 11% based on only 19 "rotten" reviews, with an average rating of 2.8/10.
Father Hood opened at No. 15 at the North American box office, with only $1,286,806 on its opening weekend. Its widest release was 643 theaters. By the end of its run, the film has grossed $3,418,141 worldwide.