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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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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 (

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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:

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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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When Mars (Ben Foster) shoots the policewoman at the front gate she spins around to face the camera. In the commentary the director said this scene is a homage to the gunfight in "Once Upon A Time In The West". In that movie Henry Fonda spins around in the same way after being shot by Charles Bronson. See more »


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[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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Challenging the clichés
3 March 2005 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

I just saw Hostage today at an advanced screening and I liked it! It seems to have all the elements of the Bruce Willis action movie, so one might think it cannot surprise anymore. Then again, you rarely see a bad Bruce Willis movie. It has the opening failure of the perfect cop, and the almost "post traumatic stress" side to the character who then moves into a smaller town, but carries his burden along with him.

But this time, Bruce Willis doesn't seem all that perfect, he is scared, his voice is shaking in several situations and even cries. He still saves the day, but he's a lot more... human. And the guy is pretty good at this, too.

Then there are the really powerful scenes that shake your soul! Young actor Ben Foster is involved in many of them and does a terrific (literally and figuratively speaking) job! There are also some unexpected resolutions and some even less expected symbolic shots.

Bottom line is, Hostage is a good pick not only for the action/thriller fan, but also for any movie goer.

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