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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 (

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Would you sacrifice another family to save your own? 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?


Ben Foster and Michelle Horn dated during filming. See more »


In the very last scene, as Talley and his family leave the old club and head for the ambulance, someone can be seen upper left walking out of the frame, head down, baseball cap on. When the camera pulls back, there is no one here. 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 Heaven Can Wait (1943) See more »


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

An unexpected delight.
9 March 2005 | by (new york, new york) – See all my reviews

I went to see this movie last night for the only reason, it was a free premiere ticket, and I had not much else to do. I was therefore pleasantly surprised by the movie. Artistically and dialogue wise this movie is lacking, except for the first scene, but this is to be expected from a Bruce Willis film. As a an action/thriller the movie hits the mark. It is noir, gritty, violent, and similar to the director's, Florent Siri, style used for his 2002 film, "The Nest". Several very cool shots by the cinematographer, tie this movie together. This is a great movie to go watch on a Saturday night with friends. You will be thoroughly entertained by Willis, who is best suited for this type of role.

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