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The Negotiator (1998) Poster

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Lieutenant Danny Roman: When your friends betray you, sometimes the only people you can trust are strangers.

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Lieutenant Chris Sabian: I once talked a guy out of blowing up the Sears Tower but I can't talk my wife out of the bedroom or my kid off the phone.

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Lieutenant Danny Roman: I like westerns, like Shane.

Lieutenant Chris Sabian: It's interesting that you pick one where the hero dies.

Lieutenant Danny Roman: What are you talking about? He doesn't die. He rides off into the sunset, and that kid says "Come back, Shane!"

Lieutenant Chris Sabian: That's a common misconception, in the last frame he's slumped over on his horse.

Lieutenant Danny Roman: So he was slumped, slumped don't mean dead.

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Rudy Timmons: You know what Nietzsche says: Even the strongest have their moments of fatigue. And I'm fatigued, Danny. I'm just, I'm fucking fatigued.

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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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Lieutenant Danny Roman: You were wrong about me. What if I'm right about them?

Lieutenant Chris Sabian: But what if you're wrong about me?

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Rudy Timmons: Because once you familiarize yourself with the chains of bondage you prepare your own limbs to wear them. Fuckin' Abraham Lincoln said it, and I fuckin' believe it, so you have got to get me the fuck out! Now!

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Lieutenant Danny Roman: Crazy is on the bus.

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Lieutenant Chris Sabian: You hurt one of them, you burn up any currency you have with me. They're all I care about. Getting you out of here alive... a distant second.

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[Talking to Omar about Pit Bulls]

Lieutenant Danny Roman: There's the right man's best friend and the wrong man's worst enemy.

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Lieutenant Danny Roman: [while trying to talk down a Hostage Taker through a closed door] Yeah, I like animals better than people sometimes... Especially dogs. Dogs are the best. Every time you come home, they act like they haven't seen you in a year. And the good thing about dogs... is they got different dogs for different people. Like pit bulls. The dog of dogs. Pit bull can be the right man's best friend... or the wrong man's worst enemy. You going to give me a dog for a pet, give me a pit bull. Give me... Raoul. Right, Omar? Give me Raoul.

Omar: [shouting at his Pitbull that is constantly barking] I fucking hate Raoul! Shut the fuck up, asshole! Son of a bitch won't shut up!

Lieutenant Danny Roman: [to his partner Nathan] Hates Raoul. Farley fucked up the list.

Lieutenant Danny Roman: [talking again to Omar through a door] Yeah... I can dig it, Omar. I had a dog like that... a poodle. She didn't bark, though... She pissed on the floor. I hated that dog. But if I was ever depressed... she'd lay her head in my lap, look up at me with those big old eyes. And even though I thought I hated that dog... I loved her. It's like that, ain't it? That love-hate thing.

Omar: [getting more erractic] No more goddamned talk! I can't wait anymore. I want my wife! I want her up here. Or I'll do our daughter. Listen to me... no more talking. I want that bitch or I'll do the girl.

Lieutenant Danny Roman: Omar, I'm doing the best I can here, man.

Omar: I'm not going to hurt her. I just want her to see me blow my brains out. I want her to think about that when she's sucking that fat prick's cock.

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Rudy Timmons: Why d'you always pick on me? What am I, Charlie Brown?

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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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Lieutenant Danny Roman: You want my blood? Take my blood!

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Lieutenant Chris Sabian: I'm a stranger to you. You have no idea what I am capable of.

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Lieutenant Chris Sabian: Well I guess you think Butch and Sundance lived too.

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Lieutenant Danny Roman: [trying to setup Omar by a bedrom window for a sniper shot, starts a joke] Omar... A Marine and a sailor are taking a piss... The Marine goes to leave without washing up... The sailor says, "In the Navy... they teach us to wash our hands... The Marines turn to him and says...

Omar: [in sync with Danny Roman] "... in the Marines they teach us not to piss on our hands..."

[sniper takes his shot and wound Omar in the shoulder end the siege]

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Lieutenant Chris Sabian: You think killing a man gives you the right to negotiate with me?

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Lieutenant Danny Roman: I'm still alive, motherfucker!

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Lieutenant Danny Roman: You working?

Lieutenant Chris Sabian: Sort of. I was negotiating a truce between my wife and daughter.

Lieutenant Danny Roman: Then I'm proved to be easy by comparison.

Lieutenant Chris Sabian: It wouldn't surprise me in the least.

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Lieutenant Danny Roman: [Frost walks in to find Roman holding a gun to Nebaum's head] You see what they're making me do?

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Lieutenant Danny Roman: [while hiding behind Nebaumas a shield] Now leave your badge, guns, cuffs everything on the table

Lieutenant Danny Roman: [a officer on the above walkway jumps out from behind the pilar. Roman firs a shot that misses his head by inches] That wasn't an accident and neither will the next one that goes in your head, now get out!

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Farley: [after Danny fires off his gun pretending to kill someone] Oh my God, is everyone alright?

Rudy Timmons: [Danny hands the phone to Rudy] Yeah, we're alright just don't be saying "NO" no more motherfucker!

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Lieutenant Chris Sabian: You okay?

Rudy Timmons: Does it look like I'm okay? I got a gun pointed to the back of my fucking head.

[Looks at Sabian's ski gear]

Rudy Timmons: Nice fucking pants, man.

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[Danny points his gun at Rudy]

Lieutenant Danny Roman: Too bad Rudy, Danny Roman was *just* starting to like you.

Rudy Timmons: Well tell Danny Roman to hold the fuck on!

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Lieutenant Chris Sabian: I want you to apologize for telling your mother she looks...

[Sabian's daughter makes a huge gesture with her hands]

Lieutenant Chris Sabian: Wide.

[Sabian smiles and whispers at his daughter]

Lieutenant Chris Sabian: Wide's not a good word, how'd you like to be called wide?

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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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Lieutenant Danny Roman: [trying to setup Omar by a bedrom window for a sniper shot, starts a joke] Omar... A Marine and a sailor are taking a piss... The Marine goes to leave without washing up... The sailor says, "In the Navy... they teach us to wash our hands..." The Marine turns to him and says...

Omar: [in sync with Danny Roman] "... in the Marines they teach us not to piss on our hands..."

[sniper takes his shot and wounds Omar in the shoulder ending the siege]

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Lieutenant Danny Roman: One last question... Do you know who killed Nate?

Insp. Terence Niebaum: [Niebaum leans forward after a long pause] You.

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Lieutenant Chris Sabian: [hanging up the phone on Danny Roman] Relax... he'll call back.

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Adam Beck: Shut the fuck up!

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