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Metro (1997)

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

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Officer Forbes
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Earl
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Debbie, Earl's Hostage
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SWAT Officer Jennings
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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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Life is a negotiation. See more »


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

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17 January 1997 (USA)  »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,734,917, 24 January 1997

Gross USA:

$31,987,563, 27 April 1997
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the reasons why Eddie Murphy choose to star in Metro is because he wanted to play serious and dramatic role in more serious action film than his previous films were. Even before he accepted the role in Metro, around early 1995 he was originally going to star in another action thriller titled Sandblast. The script for the film was written by screenwriter Steven Maeda in 1993 and he sold it to Joel Silver, famous producer of many action hits, and Warner Bros. for $750,000.

Described as both Die Hard and Cliffhanger in the desert sandstorm, the plot of Sandblast would have been very similar to the plot of John Woo's Broken Arrow (1996). It was gonna take place in Iraq desert after the Gulf War, and Murphy would play the lead role of ex-landmine expert and army specialist who has to help group of US commandos to stop the team of traitorous Green Berets from tracking down lost nuclear warheads which are somewhere in the desert wasteland, and while dealing with deadly terrain and huge sandstorm at the same time.

Once Murphy quit from the project due to scheduling conflicts and then went on to star in Metro, Wesley Snipes was hired to play the main role and there were plans to hire Jean Claude Van Damme to play the main villain, but since Snipes' latest films weren't a success and Van Damme didn't want to play the villain, Warner Bros. cancelled the project in 1996 and so it was never made. See more »

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[On watching a foreign film]
Scott Roper: My eyes still hurt from reading that movie.
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References 48 Hrs. (1982) See more »

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THINGS AIN'T WHAT THEY USED TO BE
Music by Mercer Ellington (uncredited) and lyrics by Ted Persons (uncredited)
Performed by Duke Ellington
Courtesy of The RCA Records
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Murphy's most overlooked performance & movie!
9 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

Metro, starring Eddie Murphy, may well be worth your viewing time. Yes it got a fair amount of negative reviews from people who wanted to see another "Nutty Professor" or thought of "Metro" as Murphy trying to play Axel Foley again. Others had problems with the script, the plot, the pace of the film, but nobody cared to mention how good Murphy actually is in this. His character is a San Francisco hostage negotiator, named Scott Roper, who one day meets his worst enemy in a jewel thief (played wonderfully by Michael Wincott) who makes his job a nightmare. From that point on a cat & mouse chase between Murphy & Wincott develops, & plays it's part in a rather amusing way. I don't want to give a lecture here on this subject, because movies like "Metro" are just made to entertain the viewer. "Metro" is a solid action film, with some suspense, some great stunts, and very good performances from the whole cast. Murphy, in what I think is one of his better roles, gives us his comedic touch, but this is more of a dramatic, serious role for him. I saw not Murphy, but Scott Roper, throughout the whole movie. A sure sign that an actor is doing his job quite well! - Murphy is superb.


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