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Metro (1997)

A Hostage Negotiator teams up with a Sharpshooter to bring down a dangerous jewel thief.

Director:

Thomas Carter

Writer:

Randy Feldman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... Insp. Scott Roper
Kim Miyori ... Detective Kimura
Art Evans ... Lt. Sam Baffett
James Carpenter James Carpenter ... Officer Forbes
Michael Rapaport ... Kevin McCall
Donal Logue ... Earl
Jeni Chua ... Debbie, Earl's Hostage
Dick Bright Dick Bright ... Bank Manager
David Michael Silverman David Michael Silverman ... SWAT Officer Jennings
Denis Arndt ... Capt. Frank Solis
Frank Somerville Frank Somerville ... Reporter
Malou Nubla Malou Nubla ... Reporter
Carmen Ejogo ... Veronica 'Ronnie' Tate
Nino Degennaro ... Repoman
Michael Wincott ... Michael Korda
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Storyline

Roper, a hostage negotiator catches a murderous bank robber after a blown heist. The bank robber escapes and immediately goes after the man who put him behind bars. The ending is played out with Roper and his partner McCall attempting to rescue Roper's kidnapped girlfriend. A major element in the plot is the relationship between Roper and his girlfriend. Written by P.Wong <pwong@nt.net>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The last R-rated movie that Eddie Murphy would star in for Disney during his contract. His first was the 1992 comedy, The Distinguished Gentleman. See more »

Goofs

In the opening hostage scene, Roper is wearing an orange v-neck sweater with a t-shirt showing under it. The t-shirt disappears and reappears multiple times. See more »

Quotes

[training McCall as a hostage negotiator]
Kevin McCall: I'm Officer McCall, I'm unarmed, just want to make sure everybody gets out of her safely.
Scott Roper: Okay, stop right there. Close your eyes.
Kevin McCall: Okay.
Scott Roper: Now tell me what you see.
Kevin McCall: [keeping his eyes closed] I see a scumbag behind the counter with a sawed-off, nine-millimeter tucked away in his waistband. There's a female hostage down in front of the cereal rack with a red polka-dot dress. Another hostage three feet to her right, with blue jeans and a checkered shirt. A male ...
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Connections

Referenced in ER: Post Mortem (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

POOR BUTTERFLY
by John Golden and Raymond Hubbell
Performed by Sonny Rollins
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
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Standard cliché-ridden cop thriller
27 July 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Fast talking police negotiator Scott Roper foils a bank robbery and catches the head thief. When the thief, Korda, escapes from jail, he comes after Roper. Roper meanwhile is trying to juggle his job, his girlfriend and train a sniper to become a negotiator like him.

This film was made before Nutty Porfessor but was held back because the makers realesed it was a bit of a dog by itself and decided to wait till Nutty Professor had made Murphy hot again before riding on that wave. Sadly I was one of those fooled into thinking that the hot new Murphy had made a cool cop thriller. Rather this is a by the numbers affair that has plenty of cliches and very little spark to it.

What spark there is, is added by Murphy's motor mouth performance – he is funny and lively even when the film isn't. Rapaport is also good despite everything else and British born Ejogo is good as Murphy's girlfriend. Wincott's villain is right out of a catalogue and is typical of the film's lack of initiative or spark.

Overall, like most average cop thrillers it's worth a watch once because it is just about entertaining. The problem is it is plain – average. It never rises above the norm and there are much better cop thrillers out there than this. The producers and studio knew it – who am I to argue.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Metro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,411,107, 20 January 1997

Gross USA:

$32,000,301

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,000,301
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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