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The Negotiator Details


F. Gary Gray directed this suspenseful action thriller based on a real case experienced by police in St. Louis. The James DeMonaco/Kevin Fox screenplay follows an accused man who is forced to commit crimes in order to prove himself innocent of murder. After Chicago police hostage negotiator Danny Roman (Samuel L. Jackson) succeeds in rescuing a little girl menaced by her gun-wielding dad, he's praised by both the police department and the media, and he returns to his usual cop routines with his longtime partner, promising his new wife Karen (Regina Taylor) he'll make it home for dinner every night. Then his partner, who had evidence of embezzlement within the police department, is killed. Since Danny arrives at the crime scene only seconds later, he's the main suspect, and Chief Al Travis (John Spencer) asks him to turn in his gun and badge. Danny invades the Chicago Internal Affairs Division headquarters and tries to get the truth from Inspector Terence Niebaum (J.T. Walsh) while holding two assistants and Commander Frost (Ron Rifkin) as hostages. He then calls for an outsider from another precinct, hostage negotiator Chris Sabian (Kevin Spacey). When Sabian arrives, the two compete for control, while Danny attempts to prove to him that he's been falsely accused. The film is dedicated to J.T. Walsh, who died not long after the production wrapped. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:July 29, 1998


Samuel L. Jackson
as Danny Roman
Kevin Spacey
as Chris Sabian
David Morse
as Commander Adam Beck
Ron Rifkin
as Commander Frost
John Spencer
as Chief Al Travis
J.T. Walsh
as Terence Niebaum
Regina Taylor
as Karen Roman
Siobhan Fallon
as Maggie
Paul Giamatti
as Rudy
Kelsey Mulrooney
as Stacy Sabian


F. Gary Gray
David Hoberman
Arnon Milchan
James DeMonaco
Russell Carpenter
Graeme Revell
Composer (Music Score)
Holger Gross
Production Designer
Kevin Ishioka
Art Director
Albert Beveridge
David Nicksay
Executive Producer
Robert Stone
Executive Producer
Webster Stone
Executive Producer
Lois G. Hoyos
Set Designer
A. Todd Holland
Set Designer
Richard Reynolds
Set Designer
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck
Costume Designer
Russell Williams II
Sound/Sound Designer
Joel Kramer
Stunts Coordinator
Joel Kramer
Second Unit Director
Daniel Sudick
Special Effects Supervisor
David R. Ellis
Second Unit Director
Gary Capo
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Philip Pfeiffer
Second Unit Director