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At Theaters: 3/11/2005 On Video: 6/21/2005
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 53 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 439994
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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Three teenagers follow a family home intending to steal their car but they panic and take the family hostage. Jeff Talley is forced back into a role he quit when an unspeakable tragedy occurred.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Thriller - This is a very violent action thriller, a throwback to the films that made Bruce Willis a major film star. Lots of violence and frequent profanity make this a very hard R rating.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Bruce Willis THE WHOLE TEN YARDS, TEARS OF THE SUN, HART'S WAR
Kevin Pollak JUWANNA MANN, DOCTOR DOLITTLE 2, END OF DAYS
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Production Notes Heading
Not provided by studio.
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words, over 30 S-words, 8 GD's, many others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Bloody beatings, shootings, stabbings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Cigarettes and marijuana, often used by teens.
ACTION: Shootings, fights, chases, explosions.
COMEDY: Some cute kid humor.
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Above Average

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good The largest potential drawback to enjoying this movie is getting past some of the plot's implausibilities. For those who manage to achieve this, "Hostage" offers two entertaining hours. Or, to put it another way: accept "Hostage" for what it is, and a flawed-but-enjoyable ride awaits. I never once glanced at my watch.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good ...the main line of the movie is emotional, driven by the Willis character, who is able to project more intensity with less overacting than most of his rivals. He brings credibility to movies that can use some... What Siri (director) brings to the show is an intimate visual style that keeps us claustrophobically close to the action, an ability to make action sequences clear enough to follow and a dark sensibility that leads to at least two deaths we do not really expect.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average For the ground-down moviegoer who picks up the paper and says, "Gee, do I see 'Man of the House,' 'The Pacifier' or clean the septic tank?" — this melodrama has its moments. But like Jodie Foster's thematically similar "Panic Room," it can never quite make that final leap over its formula.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 179 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
22
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
14
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
23
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
16
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
48
High
98%
30+Adults (F)
56
High
98%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 179 moviegoer opinions. Not great opinions, but certainly very good ones. The "Fantastic" opinions are a little lacking, especially from the ladies and there are quite a few "Good" opinions, which is a little on the low side. Still, I would say that most everyone will find "Hostage" well worth their time and money.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Devastated by an unspeakable tragedy while on the job as a hostage negotiator for the LAPD, Jeff Talley (Bruce Willis) resigns and accepts a low-profile job as the chief of police in the sleepy town of Bristo Camino in Ventura County. On a slow Monday morning Jeff Talley's job becomes anything but quiet and sets him on a course that could change not only his professional but personal life forever.

When three delinquent teenagers follow a family home intending to steal their car, they get more then they bargained for. The trio finds themselves trapped in a multi-million dollar compound on the outskirts of town with no way to escape. Panicked, they take the family hostage, placing Talley in a situation that he never wanted to face again. He is forced to take on a role he abandoned where the stakes quickly evolve into a hostage situation far more volatile and terrifying than anything he could ever imagine.

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