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Metro (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  17 January 1997 (USA)
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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... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Miyori ...
Detective Kimura
Lt. Sam Baffett
James Carpenter ...
Officer Forbes
Debbie, Earl's Hostage
Dick Bright ...
Bank Manager
David Michael Silverman ...
SWAT Officer Jennings
Capt. Frank Solis
Frank Somerville ...
Malou Nubla ...
Veronica 'Ronnie' Tate


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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Life is a negotiation. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El negociador  »

Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$31,987,563 (USA) (25 April 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was originally meant to star Harrison Ford. See more »


When Scott tells his superior that Kevin won't last two weeks his head is turned away from Kevin so there's no way that Kevin could have read his lips and known that he said that. See more »


Scott Roper: [Trying to open an impound car, talking about his ex-girlfriend] She's going out with some baseball player called Greg Barnett.
Lt. Sam Baffett: Damn that boy can hit... and throw... and run...
Scott Roper: [pissed off at Sam's comments] Damn... why don't you just get some pom poms and start yelling Greg... Greg... Greg. Fuck him!
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Referenced in The Chris Rock Show: Episode #1.2 (1997) See more »


Arranged by Kapono Beamer
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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Actually not as bad as it seems
27 July 2001 | by (Hässelby, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Eddie Murphy plays a hostage negotiator in San Francisco, he lives a dangerous life, but he still thinks it´s pretty okay. One thing he doesn´t think is okay is when his friends gets killed. But that is just what happens, his best friend is murdered by an evil jewel-thief, and now Murphy wants revenge.

The plot in "Metro" did not really impress me when I heard about it. Eddie Murphy as a comical hostage negotiator... It sounds pretty corny to me, but it was actually not as bad as it first seemed. The action scenes are well made, especially the breath taking car chases down the steep streets of San Francisco.

But I can´t really say the movie was good. The plot is not very original, this could actually have been titled "Beverly Hills Cop 4" and no one would have noticed. Between the action scenes there aren´t very much to write home about. Murphy is occasionally funny, but he can be really annoying too.

The best thing in "Metro" is definitely the villain, played by the underrated Michael Wincott. He is truly the perfect bad guy. That rasping voice, that glance in his eyes, wow! He can make even the simplest villain into a terrifying monster, which he should be highly praised for. And I wonder if not this guy holds the record in movie-deaths? I´ve seen Wincott in about ten movies, and he gets to meet his maker in all of them! I almost feel sorry for him, but I don´t think he´s complaining too much. If he dies in "Metro" or not, I´ll let you figure out for yourself.

Back to "Metro" now. If you don´t expect any clever ideas, just some good action sequences with a silly plot, it´s not that bad. But on the other hand, not that good either.

* * ½ out of * * * * *

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