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Metro (1997)

A Hostage Negotiator teams up with a Sharpshooter to bring down a dangerous jewel thief.

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Detective Kimura
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Officer Forbes
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Earl
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Debbie, Earl's Hostage
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Storyline

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 »


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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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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,734,917, 24 January 1997

Gross USA:

$31,987,563, 27 April 1997
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2.35 : 1
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Was one of several films that Academy Award nominee James Newton Howard was attached to score in 1996 and early 1997 but had to drop due to scheduling conflicts with other films. The others include Chain Reaction (subsequently scored by Oscar Winner Jerry Goldsmith), Liar, Liar, Dante's Peak and The Rich Man's Wife. He did manage to write the themes for this film (scored by Steve Porcaro), Dante's Peak, Liar, Liar and The Rich Man's Wife which were scored by John Debney and John Frizzell. See more »

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After the car flips, an SFPD officer is clearly visible on the intersection, downhill from the cable car to the left of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Kevin McCall: I've got two words for you: seek help.
Scott Roper: And I've got two words for you: exacta.
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Referenced in Bowfinger (1999) See more »

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O YEAH, IT FEEL SO GOOD
Performed by New Edition
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Neked in Tahiti.
14 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

Scott Roper is a wise cracking hostage negotiator, he is however exceptionally good at his job. After bringing down a particularly nasty bank robber called Michael Korda, he sets about winning his old girlfriend back whilst breaking in a new partner, Kevin McCall. When Korda escapes from prison there is only one thing on his mind, revenge, can Roper outwit Korda once again? And if so, at what cost?

There has always seemed to me to be something of a negative bias towards post 1980s Eddie Murphy (Roper) films, it appears that no matter what, nothing that comes close to his best 80s efforts will ever be deemed worthy. Now I'm not saying that Metro is a world beater, or even close to Beverly Hills Cop and Trading Places, but it's an accomplished thriller with classy bits of Murphy humour thrown in. It also boasts splendid support from Michael Rapaport as Roper's intelligent partner McCall, both men playing off each other to good effect, while Michael Wincott with his gravel voice used to full effect, is impressively devilish as the bad guy of the piece. Let down by a weak female lead in Carmen Ejogo, and certainly the familiarity of the genre loses the film any real sense of impending dread, but for a quick fix of nonsense entertainment on a blustery cold night, it's a more than OK viewing. 6/10


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