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The Negotiator (1998)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Beck
Grant Frost
Chief Al Travis
Terence Niebaum
Maggie (as Siobhan Fallon)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 July 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El mediador  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$44,484,065 (USA) (30 October 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey starred in the film "A Time to Kill" just two years prior to "The Negotiator." Though they shared little on screen time together, their one scene together was the source of an infamous quote in the film community. See more »


The building where Danny holes up is at Wacker and Clark; police cars seen, ostensibly "to the scene," are actually speeding south on Wabash at Van Buren - a point already south of the building. See more »


Lieutenant Danny Roman: A quick lesson in lying. See, this is what us real cops do: We study liars. Example: If I ask you a question about something visual, like your favorite color, your eyes go up and to the left. Neurophysiology tells us your eyes go in that direction, because you're accessing the visual cortex. So you're telling the truth. If your eyes go up and right, you're accessing the brain's creative centers and we know you're full of shit.
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Performed and Written by Craig Armstrong
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd./Melankolic
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Fantastic Film
23 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Anyone who says this film is not good must be crazy! The Negotiator has the complete package intelligence, love, anger,comedy,suspense and action. An absolute terrific film which as well as having all the characteristics to make a classic, it has the cast to match. Samuel L Jackson at his best playing the role as Danny Roman, a negotiator with nothing to lose but all to prove. Kevin Spacey shows a strong side of his acting ability and is terrific in the role of Chris Sabien, another negotiator who has the sole interest of getting the truth!. The film is full of so many twists and turns that makes it one of the best thrillers ever!!! GUARANTEE...THIS FILM WILL NOT DISAPPOINT!!!

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