Negotiator

Negotiator

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Director: F. Gary Gray

Cast: F. Gary Gray, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, David Morse

     
 

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F. Gary Gray directed this suspenseful action thriller based on a real case experienced by police in St. Louis. The James DeMonaco/Kevin Fox screenplay follows an accused man who is forced to commit crimes in order to prove himself innocent of murder. After Chicago police hostage negotiator Danny Roman (Samuel L. Jackson) succeeds in rescuing a little girl menaced by… See more details below

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F. Gary Gray directed this suspenseful action thriller based on a real case experienced by police in St. Louis. The James DeMonaco/Kevin Fox screenplay follows an accused man who is forced to commit crimes in order to prove himself innocent of murder. After Chicago police hostage negotiator Danny Roman (Samuel L. Jackson) succeeds in rescuing a little girl menaced by her gun-wielding dad, he's praised by both the police department and the media, and he returns to his usual cop routines with his longtime partner, promising his new wife Karen (Regina Taylor) he'll make it home for dinner every night. Then his partner, who had evidence of embezzlement within the police department, is killed. Since Danny arrives at the crime scene only seconds later, he's the main suspect, and Chief Al Travis (John Spencer) asks him to turn in his gun and badge. Danny invades the Chicago Internal Affairs Division headquarters and tries to get the truth from Inspector Terence Niebaum (J.T. Walsh) while holding two assistants and Commander Frost (Ron Rifkin) as hostages. He then calls for an outsider from another precinct, hostage negotiator Chris Sabian (Kevin Spacey). When Sabian arrives, the two compete for control, while Danny attempts to prove to him that he's been falsely accused. The film is dedicated to J.T. Walsh, who died not long after the production wrapped.

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This gripping police corruption thriller manages to acquit itself fairly well despite showing some very conspicuous seams. As usual, Samuel L. Jackson plays the slick "bad m.f." character to near-perfection and Kevin Spacey, trying his hand at action, hammers down his fairly straight role. All the vital elements of suspense drama are present; unfortunately, a few sleight-of-hand script shortcuts give the movie an amateurish feel. F. Gary Gray's bang-up direction should please the genre's fans, most of whom flocked to his previous action endeavor, Set It Off. Gray, who started his career making music videos, tends toward the spectacular, giving the film a grandiose, MTV-ish feel. In the end, the all-star appearances of Spacey and Jackson give the film its identity: the two Hollywood powerhouses make more out of the typically flat action storyline.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/2009
UPC:
0883929076062
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
2:20:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Documentary The 11th Hour: Stories From Real Negotiators On Location Behind-the-Scenes Documentary; Production Notes; 5 Theatrical Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Samuel L. Jackson Danny Roman
Kevin Spacey Chris Sabian
David Morse Commander Adam Beck
Ron Rifkin Commander Frost
John Spencer Chief Al Travis
J.T. Walsh Terence Niebaum
Regina Taylor Karen Roman
Siobhan Fallon Maggie
Paul Giamatti Rudy
Kelsey Mulrooney Stacy Sabian

Technical Credits
F. Gary Gray Director
Albert Beveridge Co-producer
Russell Carpenter Cinematographer
James DeMonaco Screenwriter
Kevin Fox Screenwriter
Richard C. Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Holger Gross Production Designer
David Hoberman Producer
A. Todd Holland Set Decoration/Design
Lois G. Hoyos Set Decoration/Design
Kevin Ishioka Art Director
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Arnon Milchan Producer
David Nicksay Executive Producer
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Richard Reynolds Set Decoration/Design
David Rubin Casting
Barbara Ann Spencer Set Decoration/Design
Robert Stone Executive Producer
Webster Stone Executive Producer
Daniel Sudick Special Effects Supervisor
Barry Thomas Asst. Director
Christian Wagner Editor
Russell Williams Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Negotiator
1. Credits [2:32]
2. Negotiating w/Omar [4:09]
3. Countdown [3:13]
4. On the News Again [2:14]
5. Missing Money [2:53]
6. Rendezvouz w/Nate [3:29]
7. Surprise Discovery [5:18]
8. Lost Star [2:34]
9. Facing Accusers [4:26]
10. Not Going to Jail [3:34]
11. Forces in Place [3:44]
12. No Eyes, No Ears [4:19]
13. Man Danny Wants [3:31]
14. Never Say No [3:57]
15. Not Helping [3:27]
16. Rules/Engagement [3:09]
17. How Do You Know? [3:15]
18. Courting Period [2:37]
19. Chris In the Game [2:46]
20. Trust a Stranger [3:01]
21. On the Trigger [2:24]
22. Full Command [2:51]
23. Want My Blood?1? [3:46]
24. Phone Tag [4:03]
25. Not What They Seem [3:09]
26. Niebaum's Files [5:14]
27. Getting Inside [4:28]
28. Someone w/Access [1:24]
29. Calling His Bluff [5:59]
30. Under Fire [4:22]
31. I Wonder Why [4:04]
32. A Way Out? [3:37]
33. To Their Rescue [4:23]
34. Offsite [4:00]
35. Standoff/Niebaum's [3:25]
36. Negotiating a Deal [3:28]
37. Right to Be Silent [1:47]
38. Nice Talking To You [3:05]
39. Found Star [5:31]

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