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The Negotiator (1998)

In a desperate attempt to prove his innocence, a skilled police negotiator accused of corruption and murder takes hostages in a government office to gain the time he needs to find the truth.

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Adam Beck
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Grant Frost
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Chief Al Travis
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Terence Niebaum
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Maggie (as Siobhan Fallon)
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Rudy
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Markus
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Palermo
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Argento
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Scott
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In the midst of an elaborate conspiracy, an expert negotiator is driven to the edge when he's framed for the murder of his partner, as well as embezzling money from his department's pension fund. His only chance to prove his innocence is to take hostages himself, acquire the services of another expert negotiator, and find out who's running the conspiracy before it's too late. Written by Ted Walters

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He frees hostages for a living. Now he's taking hostages to survive. See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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29 July 1998 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,218,831 (USA) (31 July 1998)

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$44,484,065 (USA) (30 October 1998)
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John Spencer and David Morse appeared together in The Rock (1996). See more »

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When Roman and Sabian is browsing Niebaum's computer at his house the Address bar doesn't match the content of the other windows. The address bar says C:\niebaum\office files\ongoing investigations\*.* while the All Folders sidebar shows that C:\Office files\Accounts is selected. C:\ is labeled Niebaum, there is no C:\niebaum\ folder. While browsing A:\Ongoing Investigations the explorer window says (A:) - Office files - Ongoing Investigations which doesn't match the contents of the All Folders sidebar. Furthermore, although A: is full of documents they're marked with the windows icon, proof that no program has been assigned for opening or editing the documents as they were most likely done in haste. See more »

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Lieutenant Chris Sabian: I can't believe this, I'm just surrounded by a room of people who wanna go in there and kill him. This is the guy who call you friend. I got nothing invested in this. I wonder why that is, or maybe someday we'll find out.
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References Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) See more »

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Doin' What I Did
(1994)
Performed and Written by Dwight Yoakam
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Markets
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5 January 2008 | by (Oakland, CA) – See all my reviews

"The Negotiator" is neither a deep film that might cause serious contemplation of social issues nor a radically different experimental experience. It is simply a star-studded action thriller designed to allow the audience to escape into the world of Chicago hostage squad cops. A wrongfully accused negotiator/cop, played at about 300+ degrees Fahrenheit by Samuel Jackson matches wits with another negotiator, Kevin Spacey, who does his best to keep Jackson from reaching the boiling point. Briefly, Jackson is caught in the middle of an extortion scandal involving the lifting of millions of dollars from the policeman's pension fund. When Jackson's partner becomes aware of the secret heist, he is taken out, and the powers behind the white-collar corporate dealings use Jackson as the scapegoat. Jackson then retaliates by using extra-legal means.

What makes this movie are the performances by both Jackson and Spacey, with good performances by the supporting cast, including the late J.T. Walsch who made a career of playing heartless and emotionless middle-age men. And John Spencer is also involved as the Chief of Police, shortly before he was promoted to the White House Chief of Staff in "The West Wing".

The movie goes a mile a minute but is suffused with an interesting enough storyline to make it well worth the price of admission. Some of what happens is ludicrous when you really think about it, but you tend to just run with it. Not a bad way to kill two hours, and you could do a lot worse.


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