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Encyclopedia > The Negotiator (film)
The Negotiator

Theatrical release poster
Directed by F. Gary Gray
Produced by David Hoberman
Arnon Milchan
Written by James DeMonaco
Kevin Fox
Starring Samuel L. Jackson
Kevin Spacey
David Morse
John Spencer
Paul Giamatti
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) July 29, 1998 (U.S. release)
Running time 139 min
Language English
IMDb profile

The Negotiator is a drama/thriller film that takes place in Chicago and was released on July 29, 1998. It was directed by F. Gary Gray and starred Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. Negotiation is the process whereby interested parties resolve disputes, agree upon courses of action, bargain for individual or collective advantage, and/or attempt to craft outcomes which serve their mutual interests. ... Frederick Forsyth. ... The Negotiator is a crime novel by Frederick Forsyth first published in 1989. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... F. Gary Gray (born 1 January 1970 in Highland Park, IL) is an African-American music video director, turned film director of such films as Friday with Ice Cube and Chris Tucker; The Negotiator with Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey; Set it Off with Queen Latifah and Vivica A... Arnon Milchan (1945-) is movie producer and businessman. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... “Samuel Jackson” redirects here. ... Kevin Spacey (born July 26, 1959) is an Academy Award-winning American actor (film and stage) and director. ... For other persons named David Morse, see David Morse (disambiguation). ... For other persons named John Spencer, see John Spencer (disambiguation). ... Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti (born June 6, 1967) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... “WB” redirects here. ... is the 210th day of the year (211th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A drama film is a film that depends mostly on in-depth character development, interaction, and highly emotional themes. ... The thriller is a broad genre of literature, film, and television. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... is the 210th day of the year (211th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... F. Gary Gray (born 1 January 1970 in Highland Park, IL) is an African-American music video director, turned film director of such films as Friday with Ice Cube and Chris Tucker; The Negotiator with Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey; Set it Off with Queen Latifah and Vivica A... “Samuel Jackson” redirects here. ... Kevin Spacey (born July 26, 1959) is an Academy Award-winning American actor (film and stage) and director. ...

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Plot

Lieutenant Danny Roman (Jackson), a top hostage negotiator, is framed for the murder of his partner Nathan 'Nate' Roenick (Paul Guilfoyle) and embezzling funds from the Chicago Police Department's disability fund. For other uses, see Hostage (disambiguation). ... Paul Guilfoyle (born April 28, 1948) is an American television and film actor known for playing Captain Jim Brass in the popular forensic television drama CSI. Guilfoyle was born in Canton, Massachusetts. ... The Chicago Police Department, also known as the CPD, is the principal law enforcement agency of Chicago, under the jurisdiction of the mayor of Chicago. ...


The Negotiator starts when Danny Roman shows his skills by risking his life in a hostage-taking situation. The central theme of the movie is already revealed in the first scene when Danny believes in talking and negotiating, while some of his peers believe in the use of force.


Whilst confronting the IAD (Internal Affairs Division) officer, Inspector Niebaum, Roman is forced into a hostage taking of his own. Lieutenant Chris Sabian (Spacey) is the hostage negotiator who Roman demands to speak with. Danny realizes that a plot to steal money from the police department's disability fund, being investigated by Nate prior to his murder, is the motivation behind framing him for Nate's murder. With the assistance of Chris Sabian, he is able to uncover the plot and clear his name.


The Negotiator was dedicated to the actor who played Inspector Niebaum, J.T. Walsh, who died several months before the film's release. J.T. Walsh (September 28, 1943–February 27, 1998) was an American actor best known for his roles as quietly sinister white-collar sleazeballs (quote from Leonard Maltin) in numerous feature films. ...


Several scenes from the movie were also used in the movie Light It Up. One scene where the two snipers set up across the building are shown towards the end of the movie. Another is the scene of the black police officer touching his ear in order to hear his headphone better after Sabian takes over command and broadcast to the all units. Light It Up (1997) is a drama film, written and directed by Craig Bolotin, and its executive producers include Grammy Award-winning R&B singer/record producer, Kenneth Edmonds and his wife Tracy E. Edmonds. ...


Cast

“Samuel Jackson” redirects here. ... Kevin Spacey (born July 26, 1959) is an Academy Award-winning American actor (film and stage) and director. ... For other persons named David Morse, see David Morse (disambiguation). ... Ron Rifkin, born October 31, 1939, in New York City, New York, USA, is a film, stage, and television actor and director. ... For other persons named John Spencer, see John Spencer (disambiguation). ... James Thomas Patrick Walsh (September 28, 1943 – February 27, 1998) was an American actor known for his roles as quietly sinister white-collar sleazeballs (quote from Leonard Maltin) in numerous feature films and everybodys favorite scumbag from Playboy Magazine. ... Siobhan Fallon (born May 13, 1961) is an American actress. ... Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti (born June 6, 1967) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Regina Taylor is an actress and playwright born in Dallas, Texas on August 22, 1960 and raised in Oklahoma. ... Michael Cudlitz as CO Robert Hudson in Prison Break Michael Cudlitz is an American actor born in Long Island, New York on November 30, 1964. ... Carlos Gomez (born 1 January 1962 in New York) is an American actor who, among other roles, has starred on the television show Charmed as inspector and demon Rodriguez. ... Tom Bower is an American actor. ... Paul Guilfoyle (born April 28, 1948) is an American television and film actor known for playing Captain Jim Brass in the popular forensic television drama CSI. Guilfoyle was born in Canton, Massachusetts. ...

Critical Response

The film received a generally positive response from critics. It received a score of 81% on Rotten Tomatoes. It has also been generally popular with the public, scoring a 7.2 on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com) .


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