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Hostage (2005)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  11 March 2005 (USA)
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A failed police negotiator turned small town cop, must save the lives of a family held hostage, which draws him into a much more dangerous situation.


(as Florent Siri)


(novel), (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:


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 a convenience store robbery goes wrong in his turf, the 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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


On March 11th there will be no negotiation. See more »

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:

£807,171 (UK) (11 March 2005)


$318,412 (South Africa) (24 June 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Tommy reaches for the DVD of the earlier version of "Heaven Can Wait", it has been misfiled in the "F" section along with one other film: "The Nest". That is the English name of director Florent-Emilio Siri's 2002 film The Nest (2002). See more »


Marshal is seen siphoning fuel out of a Mercedes. All modern Mercedes (and modern vehicles in general) are equipped with screens in the fuel line that prevent siphoning. 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 Fisher King (1991) See more »


Outta Here
Written by Rob Bryton & Neil Cross
Performed by K.I.N.D
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User Reviews

IT ROCKS! This is a Bruce Willis we did not see for a long time!
10 February 2005 | by (Frankfurt, Germany) – See all my reviews

I saw Hostage in a German Pressscreening and I was blown away. Visually stunning from the first second to the last. The director Florent Siri nails every frame. He kept me on the edge of the seat from beginning to the end.

In the last years Bruce Willis disappointed me. His last movies I found very lame. But here, he is back as the great Action dude, he is famous for. But Hostage is not another "die hard"-flick. It is different. With more Drama, much darker and less humor is Hostage one of the most adult (means grown up) Action Thriller I saw in Years.

The story is great. No cheap tricks, every second is well written, superb acted and directed. The same with the soundtrack and - as I said before - the visuals.

Hostage is a kind of violent Film noir in a MTV a like style. A real ride. I don't want to tell much about the story. Go and see!

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