The Negotiator

July 29th, 1998


The Negotiator

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Gene Wolande with Samuel L. Jackson  and Regina Taylor on the set of THE NEGOTIATOR.

In a desperate attempt to prove his innocence, a skilled police negotiator accused of corruption and murder takes hostages in a government office to gain the time he needs to find the truth.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 7.2/10 (60,483 voted)

Critic's Score: 62/100

Director: F. Gary Gray

Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, David Morse

In the midst of an elaborate conspiracy, an expert negotiator is driven to the edge when he's framed for the murder of his partner, as well as embezzling money from his department's pension fund. His only chance to prove his innocence is to take hostages himself, acquire the services of another expert negotiator, and find out who's running the conspiracy before it's too late.

Writers: James DeMonaco, Kevin Fox

Samuel L. Jackson - Danny Roman
Kevin Spacey - Chris Sabian
David Morse - Adam Beck
Ron Rifkin - Grant Frost
John Spencer - Chief Al Travis
J.T. Walsh - Terence Niebaum
Siobhan Fallon - Maggie
Paul Giamatti - Rudy
Regina Taylor - Karen Roman
Bruce Beatty - Markus
Michael Cudlitz - Palermo
Carlos Gómez - Eagle
Tim Kelleher - Argento
Dean Norris - Scott
Nestor Serrano - Hellman

Taglines: He frees hostages for a living. Now he's taking hostages to survive.

Release Date: 29 July 1998

Filming Locations: 77 W. Wacker Drive, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,218,831 (USA) (2 August 1998) (2436 Screens)

Gross: $44,484,065 (USA) (1 November 1998)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The film is dedicated to the late actor J.T. Walsh.

Revealing mistakes: The waveform being shown of the audio file being played is way off in comparison to the actual audio itself

Lieutenant Danny Roman: [while hiding behind Nebaumas a shield] Now leave your badge, guns, cuffs everything on the table
Lieutenant Danny Roman: [a officer on the above walkway jumps out from behind the pilar. Roman firs a shot that misses his head by inches] That wasn't an accident and neither will the next one that goes in your head, now get out!

User Review

Fantastic Film

Rating: 10/10

Anyone who says this film is not good must be crazy! The Negotiator has the complete package intelligence, love, anger,comedy,suspense and action. An absolute terrific film which as well as having all the characteristics to make a classic, it has the cast to match. Samuel L Jackson at his best playing the role as Danny Roman, a negotiator with nothing to lose but all to prove. Kevin Spacey shows a strong side of his acting ability and is terrific in the role of Chris Sabien, another negotiator who has the sole interest of getting the truth!. The film is full of so many twists and turns that makes it one of the best thrillers ever!!! GUARANTEE...THIS FILM WILL NOT DISAPPOINT!!!


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