The Negotiator

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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, ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/24/1998
  • UPC: 085391675037
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

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 II Sound/Sound Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Figure this out!

    I liked the Samuel L Jackson and Kevins Spacey tandem! The story was a bit dragging at first but it was well worth the wait. It'll keep you guessing till the end! Good acting, well cooked up plot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Intense

    Samuel L. Jackson is at his best in his role (in all of things)) as a cop. I love it that he cracks the evil cops and fights for what's right! I also liked the extra video of real negotiators and the tribute to J.T. Walsh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Acting

    Samuel L. Jackson at his absolute best! Kevin Spacey does a great job in a supporting role as well - thrilling action, great plot twists, a must for any Sam Jackson fan!

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