The Negotiator (1998)

F. GARY GRAY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Germany/USA, 1998.  , , , ,.  Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by

Kevin Spacey and Ron Rifkin in The Negotiator

Tense as anything can be, this slick Hollywood thriller will keep you in your seat till the curtain comes down.  Samuel L. Jackson is a top-notch hostage negotiator who finds himself framed for a crime he didn’t commit and so reverses his viewpoint on life by becoming a hostage taker: he refuses to let anyone of his fellow office employees go free until his name is cleared.  is the other top-notch negotiator who is brought in to get Jackson out, but soon finds himself willing to help the guy catch the real bad guy who framed him. A host of filmdom’s best character actors round out the wonderful cast, and the attention payed to the supporting characters is probably what lifts this one higher than most films of a similar ilk.

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