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Writers (WGA):
Robert Crais (novel)
Doug Richardson (screenplay)
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Florent-Emilio Siri  (as Florent Siri)
Writing credits
Robert Crais (novel)

Doug Richardson (screenplay)

Produced by
Susanne Bohnet .... co-producer
Stephen J. Eads .... associate producer (as Stephen Eads)
Mark Gordon .... producer
Manfred D. Heid .... co-producer (as Manfred Heid)
Hawk Koch .... executive producer
Gerd Koechlin .... co-producer
Josef Lautenschlager .... executive producer
Arnold Rifkin .... producer
Josef Steinberger .... co-producer
Andreas Thiesmeyer .... executive producer
David J. Wally .... executive producer (as David Wally)
Bruce Willis .... producer
David Willis .... co-producer
Bob Yari .... producer
Original Music by
Alexandre Desplat 
Cinematography by
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci 
Film Editing by
Richard Byard 
Olivier Gajan 
Casting by
Scot Boland 
Victoria Burrows 
Production Design by
Larry Fulton 
Art Direction by
Keith P. Cunningham 
Set Decoration by
Cindy Carr 
Costume Design by
Elisabetta Beraldo 
Makeup Department
Katalin Elek .... makeup artist: second unit
Zoltan Elek .... assistant makeup artist
Annette M. Jones .... hair stylist: second unit
Erma Kent .... assistant hair stylist
Gerald Quist .... key makeup artist
Kenneth Walker .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Lynn Andrews .... production supervisor
Brad Goodman .... post-production supervisor (as Bradley M. Goodman)
Robert Katz .... executive in charge of production
Hawk Koch .... unit production manager
John Portnoy .... post-production executive
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William H. Burton Jr. .... second unit director (as Billy Burton)
Dieter 'Dietman' Busch .... second assistant director (as Dieter Busch)
Mark Carter .... second second assistant director
Mark Cotone .... first assistant director
Mathew Dunne .... first assistant director: second unit
David Kelley .... second assistant director: second unit
Brandon Lambdin .... second second assistant director: second unit (as Brandon W. Lambdin)
Kelly Stevens .... dga trainee
Art Department
Gregory P. Alcus .... on-set dresser
Ron Ashmore .... paint supervisor
Jennifer Blair .... art department coordinator
Peggy Casey .... lead buyer
Kevin Cross .... set designer
Perry E. Ellis .... second gang boss/swing gang
Joe Elvington .... set laborer
Tim Fassino .... set dresser
Luke Freeborn .... set designer
Lance Gunnin .... general foreman
Steve A. Hagberg .... construction coordinator
Sarah Harwich .... construction purchaser
Bill 'Kauhane' Hoyt .... stand-by painter
Sean Lyons .... stand-by painter: second unit
C.J. Maguire .... property master
Bryan McBrien .... greens foreman
Tony Miller .... set plasterer
Steven O'Bannon .... hod carrier
Nick Papac .... assistant property master
Tyler Patton .... gang boss
Rick Polikowski .... propmaker
Edmond Scott Ratliff .... set dresser
Rudy Reachi .... assistant property master
Shane Reed .... leadman
Karen Teneyck .... graphic designer
Todd Wolcott .... stand-by greensman
Tony Wright .... labor foreman
Michael A. Casey .... set dresser (uncredited)
Richard Jacobs .... construction (uncredited)
Sound Department
Steven J. Berger .... assistant sound
Peter Brown .... sound effects editor
Richard Burton .... sound effects editor
Derek Casari .... adr engineer
David M. Cowan .... dialogue editor (as Dave Cowan)
Peter J. Devlin .... production sound mixer
Paula Fairfield .... sound effects editor
Stephen Hunter Flick .... sound designer
Stephen Hunter Flick .... sound supervisor
George Flores .... sound utility
Vincent Guisetti .... foley artist
Eric Harwood .... sound re-recordist (as Eric Hardwood)
Jason W. Jennings .... sound effects editor (as Jay Jennings)
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Howard London .... adr mixer
Peter V. Meiselmann .... sound mixer: second unit
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Carla Murray .... sound effects editor (as Carla Murphy)
Phillip W. Palmer .... production sound mixer
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer
Kyle Rochlin .... foley mixer
Kira Roessler .... dialogue editor (as Kira)
Andy Rovins .... boom operator: second unit
David A. Smith .... boom operator (as David Allen Smith)
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Steven Ticknor .... sound designer
Steven Ticknor .... sound re-recording mixer
Steven Ticknor .... sound supervisor
Robert Ulrich .... adr supervisor
Ron Vignone .... assistant sound editor
Troy Wilcox .... cable man: second unit
Special Effects by
Larz Anderson .... special effects coordinator
Chad Baalbergen .... special effects
Gary D. Bierend .... special effects
Mike Edmonson .... on-set special effects coordinator
Jeff Miller .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Eric Algren .... Flame artist
Baptiste Andrieux .... visual effects producer
Tim Bird .... Inferno artist
Laurent Brett .... digital compositor
Laurent Brett .... title designer
Matthew W. Brucell .... computer effects
Amanda Burton .... digital artist
A.J. Calomay .... assistant digital effects artist
Thierry Canon .... creative director: title design
Jean-Marc Demmer .... lead Inferno artist
Del DePierro .... visual effects match mover
Feliciano di Giorgio .... visual effects supervisor: Creo Collective (as Feli di Giorgio)
Sebastien Haure .... senior modeler
Erin Hicke .... visual effects coordinator
Wensen Ho .... digital compositor
Michael Johnson .... digital effects artist
Kurt Lawson .... digital artist
Andy Lesniak .... computer graphics supervisor
Yann Mallard .... digital effects artist
Ariel Oclarino .... senior systems administrator
Jay Robinson .... visual effects artist
Steven Schmidt .... visual effects coordinator (as Steve Schmidt)
Brad Sutton .... digital restoration
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration
Cecile Tecson .... digital artist
Mike Tosti .... production technology
Richard Wardlow .... visual effects artist: Creo Collective
Joey Box .... stunts
Ben Bray .... stunts
Logan Brown .... stunts
Bobby Burns .... stunts
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunt coordinator (as Billy Burton)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (as William H. Burton)
Heather Burton .... stunts
Jack Carpenter .... stunts
Mark Chadwick .... stunts (as Mark 'Lucky' Chadwick)
Danny Downey .... stunts
Dane Farwell .... stunts
Conrade Gamble .... stunts (as Conrad Gamble II)
Dale Gibson .... stunts
Kanin Howell .... stunts
Clint Kale Jones .... stunts
Al Leong .... stunts
Jack Lucarelli .... stunts
Cliff McLaughlin .... stunts
John Meier .... stunts (as John C. Meier)
Austin Priester .... stunts
Larry Rippenkroeger .... stunts
Mike Stone .... stunts (as Michael Stone)
Sven-Ole Thorsen .... stunts
James Ashley .... additional stunt double: Bruce Willis (uncredited)
Danny Downey .... stunt double (uncredited)
Cory Fleming .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Ed McDermott II .... precision car driver (uncredited)
Mark Riccardi .... stunt double (uncredited)
Larry Rippenkroeger .... stunt double: Bruce Willis (uncredited)
Gunter Simon .... additional stunt double: Mr. Willis (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Pete Asidilla .... grip
Don Bixby .... gaffer: second unit
John S. Campbell .... night light operator
Jack Chouchanian .... key grip
Joe Chouchanian .... grip
James F. Cornick .... rigging gaffer
Steven Cueva .... second assistant camera
David Deever .... video engineer
Antony Diamond .... second assistant camera
Michael Frediani .... camera operator: second unit
Clement Gharini .... camera operator: flying camera
Mark Gilmer .... camera loader
Lamarr Gray .... rigging best boy electric
Steele Hunter .... key rigging grip
Jay M. Huntoon .... digital video assist operator: second unit
Jacques Jouffret .... Steadicam operator
Jacques Jouffret .... camera operator: "b" camera
Joe Kelly .... best boy rigging grip
Stuart Kirschner .... second unit: best boy
Tommy Klines .... assistant camera
Robert LaBonge .... director of photography: second unit (as Robert La Bonge)
Christopher J. Lama .... dimmer technician
Christopher J. Lama .... rigging electrician
Joe Macaluso .... best boy grip
Frank Masi .... still photographer
Scott Medcalf .... electrician
Scott Medcalf .... lighting technician
Matthew Moriarty .... assistant camera
Matthew Morrissey .... video playback supervisor
Jacqueline J. Nivens .... second assistant camera: second unit
Patrick B. O'Brien .... camera operator
Phil Pastuhov .... aerial director of photography
Paul V. Perkins .... key grip
Michael Shanman .... lighting board operator
Don Steinberg .... first assistant camera
J. Wesley Tillman .... electrician
Michael T. Travers .... grip
Zoran Veselic .... first assistant camera
Michael Wahl .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Jerald L. Wilson .... rigging electrician
Jozo Zovko .... camera production assistant (as Joe Zovko)
Darren Michaels .... still photographer: second unit (uncredited)
David Schmalz .... second video assist operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Amanda S. Burns .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roberta Bilé .... costumer
Faye Sevilla .... key costumer
Lori Stilson .... costumer: Mr. Willis
Editorial Department
Ron Barr .... digital intermediate editor
Jill Bogdanowicz .... digital intermediate colorist
Dave Lee .... colorist: dailies
Asim Matin .... associate editor
Julia Nessling-Douglas .... digital intermediate producer
Mark Sahagun .... digital intermediate assistant
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer
Mark Vandermeulen .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Cyrille Aufort .... additional orchestrator
Alexandre Desplat .... conductor
Alexandre Desplat .... orchestrator
Antonia Desplat .... singer
Richard Glasser .... music supervisor
Gerard McCann .... scoring music editor
Stephen McLaughlin .... score engineer
Stéphane Reichart .... music recordist
Guy-Paul Romby .... music preparation
Jim Schultz .... music editor
Norbert Vergonjeanne .... music preparation
Shiro Gutzie .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bart Allsup .... co-transportation captain
Linda Cipperley .... transportation
Shawn Coulter .... driver
Manny Demello .... transportation captain
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car
Hugh Kelly .... driver
Michael A. Moreno .... driver
Jimmie K. Turner .... transportation
Chris Walden .... driver
Other crew
Crisoforo Aguilar .... key set production assistant
Asia Argento .... acting coach
Bruce Benson .... pilot
Mauro Blanco .... dubbing artist
Danny Bress .... production assistant
Laurent Brett .... title designer: main titles
Stephen Bridgewater .... drama coach
Damon E. Burke .... production assistant
Kevin A. Canamar .... construction medic
Dominique Carrara .... special visual consultant
Elsie Choi .... assistant: Mr. Rifkin
Jennifer Clark .... second assistant accountant
Conor Copeland .... assistant: Mr. Gordon
Tom Dames .... assistant accountant
Jason Douglas .... production assistant
Virginie Drouot .... assistant: Mr. Siri
Erin Eggers .... production executive
Vincent Joseph Flaherty .... armorer: second unit
Cliff Fleming .... aerial coordinator
Cory Fleming .... pilot (as Corey Fleming)
Stacy Foot .... assistant production coordinator
Lisa Gabriel .... stand-in
Kelli Gillam .... post-production accountant
Eric Glasser .... set production assistant
Asher Glynn .... stand-in: Jonathan Tucker (as Damien Alexander)
Suraj Gohill .... production lender: Comerica Bank
Rick Gold .... assistant: Neil Sacker
Katherine Gourley .... accounting clerk
Andrea Hanson .... assistant: Mr. Yari
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative
David Henri .... computer/video playback coordinator
Matthew Hirsch .... production coordinator
Craig Hosking .... pilot
Mira Husseini .... film publicist
Jason Inman .... set medic
Judith Jennings .... studio teacher
Kristopher Kyer .... acting coach
Stevie Lazo .... production accountant
Lindsey Liberatore .... assistant: Mr. Gordon
Michael J. Linowes .... legal counsel
James Linville .... first assistant accountant
Jonas C. Matz .... production medic
Jonas C. Matz .... set medic
Eddie Michaels .... unit publicist
Ryan Miningham .... production assistant
Matthew Morrissey .... playback supervisor
Jeanmarie Murphy-Burke .... publicity notes
Jillian Neal .... assistant: Mr. D. Willis
Stevie Nelson .... key assistant location manager
Mark Palmer .... craft service
Michael Papac .... armorer
Michael M. Piehler .... production secretary
Sarah Platt .... assistant: Mr. Koch
R. Scott Poole .... location manager
Rick Poyner .... key assistant location manager
Liz Probst .... lead payroll accountant
Errol Reichow .... location scout
Stephen Richards .... production assistant
Robert Rizzolo .... production assistant
Todd Shotz .... assistant: Mr. Wally
Rick Shuster .... pilot
Robert Sica .... assistant armorer
Mollie Stallman .... key production assistant: second unit
Janna Stern .... script supervisor
Oliver Streuli .... production assistant
Shelly Strong .... production executive
Daniel Stutz .... business and legal affairs executive
J. Wesley Tillman .... fixtures technician
Melissa Verdugo .... stand-in
R. Dawn Vigil .... production assistant
Ian Watermeier .... staff coordinator
Louise Weber .... assistant: Mr. Willis
Peter Weireter .... police technical advisor
Deborah Wettstein .... finance executive
Chris Winn .... craft service
Jeff Winn .... craft service
Catherine Zappa .... assistant: Daniel Stutz and Meredith Grindlinger
Justin Evangelista .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kim Thio .... location medic (uncredited)
Harro von Have .... legal advisor: financing (uncredited)

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Rated R for strong graphic violence, language and some drug use
113 min
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The word "fuck" is used 89 times.See more »
Continuity: When Tommy and Jennifer are in the safe room, Mars smears a bloody hand print on the window and shoots the window three times, but when Jeff comes back to get Jennifer and Tommy, the hand print is less smeared and the bullet holes are not in the window.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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152 out of 222 people found the following review useful.
Introduce yourself early to the edge of your seat., 10 March 2005
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Tense. Engrossing. Gripping from start to finish. All words to describe a conversation with Johnny Betts. But they also adequately describe Bruce Willis' latest movie Hostage. The movie could also be referred to as Redemption because that's definitely what you'll see this as if you have been disappointed with Bruce's recent efforts.

However, I would recommend that you not go into the movie expecting a Die Hard clone. Hostage sacrifices heavy action and humor for a darker, more character-driven tale, and it works. THIS is how a thriller should be! Things start off on an intense note as we see a grizzled-looking Bruce Willis attempting to negotiate with a psycho who has locked himself and his family in their house. He's got a gun, and he's clearly not right in the head. I will not reveal what happens, but flash forward a year later and having burnt himself out in the negotiation business, Willis is now a police chief in a smaller town. You think he'll be called on to use his negotiation skills again? If you say "no" then please let me slap you upon the cheek.

The thrills only intensify from there once the trailer park trio takes Kevin Pollack's family hostage. I really like the fact that we have two sets of bad guys here. There are the white collar criminals who remain faceless, yet ruthless in their desire to get what they want. Then there are the blue collar boys who make a stupid mistake and get in way over their heads.

I also appreciate the fact that the blue collar bad boys aren't one-dimensional. Jonathan Tucker plays the older brother (Dennis Kelly), and he does a great job of making his character somewhat sympathetic. He's a small-time wannabe tough guy who gets himself in a very bad situation that only escalates as the movie progresses. As the situation worsens, we see that Dennis regrets what he's done. He obviously wants to be anywhere else at the moment. He's scared, but he continues to try to talk tough. He's reaping the consequences of falling in with the likes of Mars.

Mars, portrayed by the show-stealing Ben Foster, is a long-haired, black clothes-wearing troublemaker. His back story is completely a mystery at the beginning, but we deliberately begin to see that he may not be quite as sympathetic as the others. Is he pure evil? Cold-blooded? Misunderstood? Regretful? Revealing anything would be a disservice to your viewing enjoyment, so I'm not saying anymore except that the character is very well-developed.

I know it's only March, but other than Million Dollar Baby, Hostage is the best movie I've seen this year. If you want a fun, suspenseful night at the movies then ignore the critics whining and moaning about clichés and improbabilities and go check out Hostage. I love the irony in the fact that half of the negative reviews on Rottentomatoes complain about the clichés in the movie. Wow, at least THAT complaint isn't cliché or anything. Try a little originality yourself.

Some of these critics like to go to Wal-Mart before a movie like this and purchase the biggest, most industrial strength Nitpicker they can find. You didn't know that was an actual tool? Oh yes. They're owned by every single uptight critic who white-knuckle clenches his Movie Snobbery PhD degree at all action and thriller movies. Don't listen to 'em. Hostage is a movie for movie fans, not movie elitists.

THE GIST Are you in the mood for a dark, intense, edge-of-your seat thriller? Then Hostage will most certainly entertain. If you're the type of moviegoer who only knows how to complain about clichés and coincidences then I'm sure you'll do the same here. I recommend loosening up and enjoying life a little.

Rating: 4.5 (out of 5)

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