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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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 ...
Reporter
Malou Nubla ...
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Veronica 'Ronnie' Tate
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Repoman
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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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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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Box Office

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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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2.35 : 1
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The second of a five picture deal for Eddie Murphy with Disney that started in 1992. The other films include The Distinguished Gentleman (1992), Metro (1997), Mulan (1998), Holy Man (1998) and The Haunted Mansion (2003). 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

Scott Roper: Okay, stop right there. Close your eyes.
Kevin McCall: Okay.
Scott Roper: Tell me what you see.
Kevin McCall: I see a scumbag behind the counter with a sawed-off. Nine-millimetre tucked away in his waistband. There's a female hostage downin front of the cereal rack... with a red polka-dot dress. Another hostage three feet to her right, with blue jeans and a checkered shirt. A male hostage down, green shirt, white pants, in front of the candy rack. There's a female scumbag behind me with a gun tucked away in her shirt... trying to pass...
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Referenced in The Chris Rock Show: Episode #1.2 (1997) See more »

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THINGS AIN'T WHAT THEY USED TO BE
Performed by Duke Ellington
Courtesy of The RCA Records
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Although It's Nothing Special, Metro is a Solid Action Movie Regardless
31 July 2007 | by (London, England, UK) – See all my reviews

Metro appears to be a low-budget action affair, which whilst it has nothing new to offer, shows us a different side to Eddie Murphy as an actor that we hadn't seen before in his previous films. People have in the past often compared this to Beverly Hills Cop 1, in terms of the fact that they are both your typical, run- of- the- mill cop movies, but the comparisons seem to come to an end when you compare that film to Metro, in terms of plot, character types and the fact that Eddie Murphy doesn't joke about as negotiator/cop Scott Roaper that often. Not like his predecessor, Axel Foley. Here, as Roaper he is much more serious and not as laid back in contrast to his most famous movie character. Metro plays out as a straight out action movie that isn't reliant on laughs, which in itself is no bad thing. One of the main problems that some of the audiences had, in regards to their expectations of Metro, was by assuming that it would be something similar on the lines of Beverly Hills Cop. It has its funny moments, but these are few and far between throughout the film, as the narrative in Metro is very much serious and the standard cop thriller we'd come to expect.

Overall, Metro is not a bad effort and the action sequences are well executed. Murphy gives a surprising turn and performance as Roaper and thus it makes a change to see him in an almost completely non-comedic role, which he does well in.

Not bad indeed.


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