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  • Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, David Morse, Ron Rifkin, John Spencer
  • Directors: F. Gary Gray
  • Writers: James DeMonaco, Kevin Fox
  • Producers: Albert Beveridge, Arnon Milchan, David Hoberman, David Nicksay, Robert Stone
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, English
  • Subtitles: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TLKG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,691 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Although it eventually runs out of smart ideas and resorts to a typically explosive finale, this above-average thriller rises above its formulaic limitations on the strength of powerful performances by Samuel L Jackson and Kevin Spacey. Both play Chicago police negotiators with hotshot reputations, but when Jackson's character finds himself falsely accused of embezzling funds from a police pension fund, he's so thoroughly framed that he must take extreme measures to prove his innocence. He takes hostages in police headquarters to buy time and plan his strategy, demanding that Spacey be brought in to mediate with him as an army of cops threatens to attack, and a media circus ensues. Both negotiators know how to get into the other man's thoughts, and this intellectual showdown allows both Spacey and Jackson to ignite the screen with a burst of volatile intensity. Director F Gary Gray is disadvantaged by an otherwise predictable screenplay, but he has a knack for building suspense and is generous to a fine supporting cast, including Paul Giamatti as one of Jackson's high-strung hostages, and the late JT Walsh in what would sadly be his final big-screen role. The Negotiator should have trusted its compelling characters a little more, probing their psyches more intensely to give the suspense a deeper dramatic foundation, but it's good enough to give two great actors a chance to strut their stuff. --Jeff Shannon

Synopsis

This film centers on a former FBI hostage negotiator who, after being framed for murder, tries to clear his name by taking several people hostage in order to uncover the guilty party.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Sept. 2005
Format: DVD
No matter what film you see him in, Samuel L. Jackson proves his value to the film by becoming such a believable character. This film is the same as he dominates with co-negotiator Kevin Spacey, another actor of the highest quality who adds to any film he graces. I can't remember when I was last so impressed with a COMPLETE film including support characters, screenplay, storyline and general ability to hold the viewer through a series of twists and developments which are well worked and believable to the end. Like most high quality films, rather than good light entertainment like Ocean's Eleven and Twelve, The Negotiator is best watched uninterrupted as the flow is as important to the enjoyment as the other elements which make this so watchable. So set up the drinks and popcorn and settle down to a real acting treat.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Williams on 26 Sept. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is a great film! The two lead actors both do some real tour-de-force acting which gets very intense at times. Also, forget what anyone else says about the plot being a little thin. It's an action film as well as a thriller, what do you expect? The conclusion is obvious, but how it is reached is a non-stop thrill ride that will keep you glued to your screen to the bitter end! The plot specifics are a little complex in places and you have to keep your wits about you but it's thoroughly rewarding. a great vehicle for the acting talents of Jackson and Spacey and a film that's well worth a look.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 July 2001
Format: DVD
If you read a review of this film saying that it's all talk until the finale, don't believe a word. There's enough action here for any die hard Die Hard fan. But if you want a masterclass in modern Hollywood acting, that's here too - neither Jackson nor Spacy (surely, along with Morgan Freeman, the greatest film actors currently working) disappoint. The Negotiator is a good, tense, exciting, character-driven action film.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By spaceys_no1girl@yahoo.com on 16 April 2002
Format: DVD
I saw this film before my Kevin Spacey infatuation so I wasn't biased then - honest! Anyway I have always been a Samuel L Jackson fan and although this was not the video of my choice when I rented it initially it is now one of my firm favourites and a proud part of my DVD collection.
Basically what happens here is that the negotiator becomes the hostage taker in this intelligent plot, where you never really know until the final few minutes just who are the bad guys. Roman decides to call in the help of a man he met once but knows is as good a negotiator as he, Sabian - a man who knows the rules but doesnt know him or his coleagues from the squad. A man with no agendas and no 'favourites', a man who can help him find the truth about his friend Nate - his partner and the death that he is being framed for.
Even if you dont like these actors this is a film that is well worth seeing, the action and the dialogue shine, and the end will leave you breathless.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Malinda Rajapakse on 4 Oct. 2005
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For those who has watched the moive this line will be in one of the intense scenes in this thriller!!. Great moives not necessarily win awards, even though this hasnt the complicated 'setting up of a cop', it will keep you on your toes till the end.Super Acting by Samuel L Jackson and Kevin Spacy!,well done. Many say the best part comes right at the end but i deny it!. Its a good moive right from the start with snippets of action where needed.Also great acting from 'Bec' sorry i cant remember the name of him. Samuel belives himself and goes to the very end to find out who took his partner out and whos behind the ....,ok i wont spill it all out for those who haven't watched it. Great Moive. Must See.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Clarke on 1 Sept. 2006
Format: DVD
Somewhat of a slow start to this film....however...

If you want to be on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next this film delivers from start to finish. As soon as it all kicks off, and you will know what I mean when you see it, you don't get a moments peace until the very end. Twists and turns, with brilliant acting from the pairing of Kevin Spacey and Samuel L. Jackson, you will enjoy a thrilling ride.

For an action packed 2 hours, watch this movie!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jan. 2004
Format: VHS Tape
wow - what can I say? This film is absolutely brilliant. The acting is superb, Kevin Spacey and Samuel L Jackson perfect, the timing of the action excellent. It is over 2 hours long yet it is so enthralling you hardly notice - Jackson works for the police as a negotiator, in hostage situations who is apparently guilty of murdering his partner. His only chance to prove his innocence is to hold people hostage, and insist on another negotiator who is not linked to his precinct where he believes there is 'bad cops' - enter Kevin Spacey - wow - what more could you ask for?!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD
Corruption abounds as smart negotiator Samuel L Jackson falls foul of some dirty cops. Not knowing who to trust he turns the tables on his colleagues and makes a stand, taking hostages at his station. He demands to speak with a negotiator from another precinct (Kevin Spacey) who turns out to be just as tough and uncompromising as he is and the two have some fiery exchanges. With a finger on every trigger and the standoff becoming increasingly tense the new negotiator realises that something stinks at the precinct. This great thriller has slick production values, a decent budget and a smarter than average script. To watch these two unravel the plot and then outwit the badguys is pure escapism. Although I've seen this a handful of times, I still turn to it when there's nowt on the telly!
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