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When his best friend/partner is murdered, Danny Roman (Samuel L Jackson) finds the finger pointing in his direction. In order to clear his name Danny takes drastic measures - holding the chief of Internal Affairs and his staff hostage. With this gambit he hopes to clear his name of embezzlement and murder charges and find out who framed him and killed his partner.

Danny Roman is not new to this situation, in fact he is normally on the other end of it, as the negotiator. Danny knows there is corruption in his force, and does not know how many people are in on it, or who to trust. So he turns to a stranger, Chris Sabian (Kevin Spacey)- a negotiator from another precinct as "Sometimes the only person you can trust is a stranger".

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Spacey and Jackson head this cast bringing to the screen a dynamic pair. Playing off the class issue, of two people in the same job, from different backgrounds and with different ways of getting the job done. Both were enticed into the movie by the prospect of working together. Having worked on A Time To Kill in 1996 they both wanted the opportunity to work on a new project together.

The movie is based on a true story about a St Louis negotiator who believed that he was being framed and used a hostage situation to flush out the people he believed were responsible for the crime. The producer David Hoberman (Mr Wrong, George of the Jungle) was attracted to the project by the contradiction of "somebody who epitomizes the law having to break the law in order to prove his innocence; a police officer who commits a crime to prove that he didn't commit the crime they are saying he did."

The supporting cast featuring David Morse (The Getaway, The Crossing Guard) as Commander Beck, an extreme professional, whose welfare of his men is uppermost in his mind, which brings him into conflict with both Roman and Sabian in the way they do their work. Ron Rifkin (L.A. Confidential, JFK) plays Commander Frost, a friend and colleague of Roman and Regina Taylor (Courage Under Fire, Clockers) who plays Danny's wife Karen. All provide solid performances and keep you guessing as to who is the master mind behind the scam right until the end.

The Negotiator is a fantastic movie. Fusing action and drama together to provide a fantastic platform for Jackson and Spacey and the supporting cast to explore their characters and give the audience a fine example of their talents.

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Title: Negotiator (1998)
Written by: James DeMonaco (written by) & Kevin Fox (written by)
Directed by:F. Gary Gray
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The Players: Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey
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