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THE NEGOTIATOR

 
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At Theaters: 7/29/1998 On Video: 11/24/1998
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 15 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 079814
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Danny Roman, a top hostage negotiator for the Chicago Police Department, has been framed in the death of his partner and as the leader of an embezzlement scheme. Roman, desperate to find justice, takes the head of Internal Affairs and his staff hostage, and demands that only one negotiator be brought in to him, Chris Sabian.

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Action Comedy - The Negotiator is an action drama which balances character interaction with shoot-'em-up action. Fans of the two lead actors will probably enjoy the performances, but may be disappointed in the emphasis on the action/conspiracy plot. The action is generally well-staged, though the film's 2 hour and 20 minute length makes it feel as though the action drags. Solid but generally predictable, most interesting to those who want to watch the acting of Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey.
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Samuel L. Jackson (Eve's Bayou)
Kevin Spacey (L.A. Confidential)
Director: F. Gary Gray (Set It Off)
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About The Production
The Supporting Cast
On Location In Chicago
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PROFANITY: Extremely strong and extremely frequent
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: At least six instances of characters shot and killed or wounded
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: One scene of alcohol consumption in a bar
ACTION: Several scenes of police actions and gun battles
COMEDY: Tension-breaking one-line humor
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Sometimes it's obvious that a film isn't about the plot, it's about the names above the title. If you watched commercials or previews for The Negotiator closely enough, you'd realize that it's really about a showdown between Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. If The Negotiator had delivered on that promise, it would have been one of those rare exceptions where a "personality plot" would have been just fine. It's just too long, too over-plotted, and too generic to make the best use of the talent involved.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 108 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
17
High
100%%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
16
High
94%%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
14
High
93%%
30+Adults (M)
32
High
94%%
30+Adults (F)
29
High
97%%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Police choppers circle the 20th floor of the Chicago Internal Affairs Division's downtown headquarters. SWAT marksmen stand ready on nearby rooftops, their high-powered weapons targeted on Danny Roman (SAMUEL L. JACKSON), who is holding the chief of the I.A.D. and his staff at gunpoint.

Roman's desperate gambit has been triggered by an equally desperate situation: his world has been destroyed by false charges of murder and embezzlement brought against him. Roman knows that people listen when lives are at stake; he knows that he has a chance to prove his innocence if he can just buy a little time - time that he urgently needs to find out who's behind the frame-up.

He understands all of this implicitly -- because Danny Roman is a Chicago Police officer - and the best hostage negotiator in the department.

But right now, Roman is a hostage-taker - and he needs someone who will listen to him. So he asks that Chris Sabian (KEVIN SPACEY), a respected negotiator from another precinct, be brought in to mediate. The cool, cerebral Sabian squares off with his formidable and furious opponent, a man he knows only by reputation, as he attempts to understand and defuse the explosive situation.

Although he begins his task convinced that Roman has had a complete breakdown, Sabian starts to wonder whether this hostage-taker is indeed a man gone mad or, instead, what Roman claims to be - an honest cop who must break the law to find justice for himself. Ultimately, Sabian is driven to answer the same questions that are obsessing Danny Roman. Who's behind the frame-up? And where does Roman fit into the scheme?

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