F. Gary Gray directed this suspenseful action thriller based on a real case experienced by police in St. Louis. The James DeMonaco/Kevin Fox screenplay follows an accused man who is forced to commit crimes in order to prove himself innocent of murder. After Chicago police hostage negotiator Danny Roman (Samuel L. Jackson) succeeds in rescuing a little girl menaced by her gun-wielding dad, he's praised by both the police department and the media, and he returns to his usual cop routines with his longtime partner, promising his new wife Karen (Regina Taylor) he'll make it home for dinner every night. Then his partner, who had evidence of embezzlement within the police department, is killed. Since Danny arrives at the crime scene only seconds later, he's the main suspect, and Chief Al Travis (John Spencer) asks him to turn in his gun and badge. Danny invades the Chicago Internal Affairs Division headquarters and tries to get the truth from Inspector Terence Niebaum (J.T. Walsh) while holding two assistants and Commander Frost (Ron Rifkin) as hostages. He then calls for an outsider from another precinct, hostage negotiator Chris Sabian (Kevin Spacey). When Sabian arrives, the two compete for control, while Danny attempts to prove to him that he's been falsely accused. The film is dedicated to J.T. Walsh, who died not long after the production wrapped.~Bhob Stewart
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Although I enjoy movies starring Samuel L Jackson...I don't remember ever seeing trailers of the Negotiator. I usually only buy movies that I absolutely love but the blurb on the jacket sounded interesting so I decided to take a chance. The story line and action held my interest from the first to last scene,
I've noticed that Best Buy has cut down on the number of blu rays/dvds being carried. I hope they don't discontinue carrying these items. I enjoy the special features included with blu rays....which you don't get when watching movies on Netflix and similar alternatives.
A classic an must own for any dvd collector - item arrived as advertised as well brand new an sealed thx best buy......
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Still Holds Up Twenty One Years Later
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The nineties were a great time for non CGI aciton flicks. If you love excellent action flicks like The Rock, or like to see big-budget blockbusters, a la ID4, this is the movie for you. If you are expecting another Usual suspects type or Pulp Fiction forget about it. Spacey and Jackson are awesome in this movie. The script and direction are all that keeps this film from becoming significant. I found myself so entertained and drawn in by the overall story, that I wished I was a little more stupid, so the plot would be a bit less predictable and the lines a little less awkward. In the end, though I highly recommend this movie. It won't touch you or leave you shaken, but it'll really get the pulse-pounding.
The Negotiator starring Samuel Jackson and Kevin Spacey. This is an excellent movie worth for stores easy it is an excellent Thriller makes you guess on each and every turn thinking who possibly set this man up and why and then when you find out it's three of his good friends on the force own my Lord you just want to do what he possibly could have done at the end shoot each and every one of them what they tried to do to Hannah what they did to his partner. This is a must-have if you like thrillers. Worthy of anybody's collection if you like police drama thrillers action adventure this is a good movie worth having.
Samuel L. Jackson. one of the best all time movies. Sam L being pushed to the brink of no escape with all factors against him and watching him prevail is very satisfying. The cleverness put into the schemes are very respectable and it is a great suspense, action, drama, and cop movie all rolled into one. Highly recommended and great for a movie night.
I vividly remember watching this movie as a kid and even then I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was going to happen next. The pace of this movie is great. The storyline also great. The intensity of not knowing how the ending was gonna play out made for a great level of suspense.
One of my favorite movies! Action packed from start to finish with great writing and acting. The cast is superb! Jackson, Spacey, Walsh, Giamatti, and Morse give perfect performances. David Morse plays an intense role (not one of the truly main characters) and adds so much to the story and especially how he ends his part at the end of the movie. Awesome, edge of your seat movie!