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Kim Miyori ...
Detective Kimura
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Lt. Sam Baffett
James Carpenter ...
Officer Forbes
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Earl
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Debbie, Earl's Hostage
Dick Bright ...
Bank Manager
David Michael Silverman ...
SWAT Officer Jennings
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Capt. Frank Solis
Frank Somerville ...
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Malou Nubla ...
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Veronica 'Ronnie' Tate
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Roper, a hostage negotiator catches a murderous bank robber after a blown heist. The bank robber escapes and immediately goes after the man who put him behind bars. The ending is played out with Roper and his partner McCall attempting to rescue Roper's kidnapped girlfriend. A major element in the plot is the relationship between Roper and his girlfriend. Written by P.Wong <pwong@nt.net>

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San Francisco's top police hostage negotiator is about to get more than he ever bargained for. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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17 January 1997 (USA)  »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,734,917 (USA) (24 January 1997)

Gross:

$31,987,563 (USA) (25 April 1997)
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Russell, referred to into the rack track scene, is Russell Baze, the most successful jockey in the history of Thoroughbred horse racing, and a member of the United States Racing Hall of Fame. See more »

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During the cable car chase, when McCall swerves to avoid the red car that flipped over, a camera is visible on the right side of the road, next to the sidewalk. See more »

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Scott Roper: [seeing the old red truck provided by the police department] Aww, c'mon man! Who am I? Red Fox? I can't roll in that shit!
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References The Perils of Pauline (1914) See more »

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O YEAH, IT FEEL SO GOOD
Performed by 'New Edition'
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Murphy's most overlooked performance & movie!
9 June 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Metro, starring Eddie Murphy, may well be worth your viewing time. Yes it got a fair amount of negative reviews from people who wanted to see another "Nutty Professor" or thought of "Metro" as Murphy trying to play Axel Foley again. Others had problems with the script, the plot, the pace of the film, but nobody cared to mention how good Murphy actually is in this. His character is a San Francisco hostage negotiator, named Scott Roper, who one day meets his worst enemy in a jewel thief (played wonderfully by Michael Wincott) who makes his job a nightmare. From that point on a cat & mouse chase between Murphy & Wincott develops, & plays it's part in a rather amusing way. I don't want to give a lecture here on this subject, because movies like "Metro" are just made to entertain the viewer. "Metro" is a solid action film, with some suspense, some great stunts, and very good performances from the whole cast. Murphy, in what I think is one of his better roles, gives us his comedic touch, but this is more of a dramatic, serious role for him. I saw not Murphy, but Scott Roper, throughout the whole movie. A sure sign that an actor is doing his job quite well! - Murphy is superb.


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