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Hostage (2005)

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When a family is held hostage, former hostage negotiator Jeff Talley arrives at the scene. Talley's own family is kidnapped and Talley must decide which is more important: saving a family he doesn't even know or saving his own family.


(as Florent Siri)


(novel), (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Talley
The Watchman
Laura Shoemaker
Mike Anders
Carol Flores


Jeff Talley, a former LAPD hostage negotiator, has moved himself away from his failed career outside of Los Angeles, and away from his wife and daughter when three perpetrators move in on an unsuspecting family. But the family's father has a secret which might compromise his kin, and one of the criminals is about to jump over the edge. Jeff Talley has to get everybody to survive the night......if he can. Written by Jay Cohen (chefjaybc@gtctelecom.com)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 March 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bajo amenaza  »


Box Office


$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,214,734, 13 March 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bruce Willis's daughter in the movie, Amanda, was played by his daughter Rumer Willis. Rumer wanted the part, but Bruce made her audition like everyone else, and she got the part. See more »


One of the hostage takers hits Walter Smith in the forehead, causing him a large contusion and bleeding. When Smith gets to leave his house and is put on a stretcher inside the ambulance, you can clearly see that there is no sign of injury where his contusion is supposed to be, and no blood either. See more »


[first lines]
Joe Mack: I need to talk to that motherfucker! You hear me? I want to talk to that fucker right now! I want that motherfucker!
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Crazy Credits

The beginning and end credits take place as a virtual camera moves through a digitally replicated set with frozen action. This then fades into and out of the live action at the beginning and end of the film. See more »


References The Negotiator (1998) See more »


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Written by Rob Bryton & Neil Cross
Performed by K.I.N.D
For Savage Arts Entertainment
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One of Bruce Willis' best performances
13 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

This action thriller keeps you on the edge of your chair with a twist around every corner. The beginning credits were presented in a unique manner which transitioned quickly into the film. Bruce Willis portrays his character so accurately ...in the Bruce Willis way..as only a veteran actor can and you can be assured "Hostage" will become one of his most notable films. His emotional range was tested time and time again and he passed with flying colors. Another noteworthy mention should be for Ben Foster in his role as Mars Krupcheck. I almost felt sorry for him. His tormented and demented character came through so vividly in his glaring eyes. The overall performances by all cast was excellent...even the Beagle. Thanks for the adrenaline rush.

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