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The Negotiator
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  • Rated: R
  • Year: 1998
Audio
English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital

Synopsis

Maverick hostage negotiator Danny Roman (Samuel L. Jackson) is framed for embezzlement and murder. Newly married and unjustly faced with prison, Roman turns hostage-taker to smoke out the guilty ones. Squaring off against him is respected, methodical negotiator Chris Sabian (Kevin Spacey). Under siege and racing the clock, the two lock in a deadly battle of wits.

F. Gary Gray directs the leads and a top ensemble cast (including David Morse and J.T. Walsh) in a story honed with spiraling tension and volatile action. In a dazzling series of twists and gambits, Roman and Sabian face off against time and each other.

Disc Information

**Theatrical Feature

**Documentary The 11th Hour: Stories from Real Negotiators
**On Location Behind-the-Scenes Documentary
**Production Notes
**5 Theatrical Trailers

Cast & Crew

Samuel L. Jackson ... Danny Roman
Kevin Spacey ... Chris Sabian
David Morse ... Cmdr. Beck
Ron Rifkin ... Cmdr. Frost
John Spencer ... Travis
J.T. Walsh ... Insp. Niebaum
Regina Taylor ... Karen Roman

Reviews

Emanuel Levy Variety | September 11, 2006

Teaming for the first time Kevin Spacey and Samuel Jackson, arguably the two best actors of their generation, in perfectly fitting roles is a shrewd move and the best element of this fact-inspired but overwrought thriller

Time Out | January 26, 2006

A hybrid action-drama featuring the choreographed pyrotechnics of director Gray and a battle of words between contrasting hostage negotiators Jackson and Spacey.

James Berardinelli ReelViews | January 01, 2000

The Negotiator deserves a place among the best action/thrillers of the year. This is a Dog Day Afternoon for the '90s.

Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times | January 01, 2000

The movie's a thriller that really hums along, and I was intensely involved almost all the way. Only now, typing up my notes, do I fully realize how many formula elements it contains.

Janet Maslin New York Times | January 01, 2000

ike Mr. Jackson, Mr. Spacey cuts an impressively cryptic figure even when dealing in platitudes, and the two stars do get to make the sort of declarations that rarely crop up in everyday life.

Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly | July 29, 1998

Just about everyone in The Negotiator is either blowing off steam or holding it in, and that's the movie's chief pleasure. The action is really a pipeline into audience fantasies-of restraint and release, of hot-blooded aggression made cool.

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