The Negotiator

Regency Enterprises Released 1998




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F. Gary Gray

The Negotiator is a about an accused man as he takes it into his own hands to prove his innocence. Lieutenant Danny Roman is considered one of the best police negotiators working for the Chicago Police Department, though he often is accused of taking too many risks in taking down a suspect. When an informant begins to bring attention to an embezzlement case ripping through the department, Roman's entire career and life is put on line when he is accused of not only leading the embezzlement scandal but also the murder of his informant. In a desperate bid to clear his name, Roman takes on the Internal Affair detective, Niebaum, by taking his office hostage in order to discover the truth. One of his conditions to the police and to the FBI is to choose his negotiator, Chris Sabian, a top negotiator completely disconnected from the scandal. As Sabian is pressured to stop Roman at all costs and begins to understand Roman's paranoia, the players of the conspiracy begin to be revealed bit by bit and they really do not want Roman to get out of the hostage situation alive.



Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    It's a measure of how pulsating and energetic a visual style director F. Gary Gray has, and how vividly actors Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey come across on screen, that this f...

  • 70

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    The teaming of Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey, two of the most highly regarded actors around, in perfectly fitting roles that call for a battle of wits and wills, proves to be ...

  • 60

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Though the film has its basis in an actual event that took place in St. Louis, it takes on the homogeneous look of many other thrillers in which an emergency escalates into a param...

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    • Production Budget - $50,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $44,547,681 (47th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $77,507,266

    • Other production companies:
      Mandevile Films
      Monarchy Enterprises B.V.
      Taurus Film
      Warner Bros. (US distributor)

    • Taglines:
      1. Chicago's two top negotiators must face each other. One of them is holding hostages. The other is demanding surrender. And everyone's holding their breath.
      2. He frees hostages for a living. Now he's taking hostages to survive.

    • Filming locations include:
      Chicago River, Chicago, Illinois
      Downtown, Chicago, Illinois
      Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      Long Beach, California
      Los Angeles, California
      Near West Side, Chicago, Illinois
      Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England

    • Music:
      Performed and Written by Craig Armstrong
      Cotton-Eye Joe
      Performed by Rednex
      Written by Janne Ericsson, Erkan Oban, Pat Reiniz
      Doin' What I Did
      Performed and Written by Dwight Yoakam
      Flyin' High (In the Friendly Sky)
      Performed by Marvin Gaye
      Written by Marvin Gaye, Anna Gordy Gaye, Elgie Stover


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