Synopsis: Roper, a hostage negotiator catches a murderous bank robber after a blown heist. The bank robber escapes and immediately goes after the man who put him behind bars. The ending is played out with Roper and his partner McCall attempting to rescue Roper's kidnapped girlfriend. A major element in the plot is the relationship between Roper and his girlfriend.
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Director(s): Thomas Carter
Production: Touchstone Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

Backtrack is starting to make up ground

and closing on the outside.

They've run past the quarter

pole and Cosy Girl has gone

clear by three lengths.

- Now Backtrack coming out of the pack.

- Come on, Cosy. Come on, Cosy Girl!

Backtrack is gonna be

the danger to Cosy Girl.

They come for home.

Cosy Girl is clear by two.

- One-one-four to Roper.

- But Backtrack is putting in...

- Come on. Dig in there, Cosy Girl.

- a determined run on

the left-hand side.

- Dig in! Roper here.

- One-one-four, Roper. Code

two CP, Fourth and Grand.

- ...Cosy Girl.

But Backtrack is catching stride

for stride on the outside.

- Come on, Cosy Girl!

- lt's gonna be a run

for the wire together.

- E.T.A. in five. l'm in route.

- Cosy Girl is tenacious.

But Backtrack keeps on

making up ground on her.

Cosy Girl and Backtrack. Gonna

be a tight photo in this one.

- Come on, Cosy, baby!

- Cosy Girl at the rail.

- Where's the wire?

- Backtrack on the outside.

Here's the wire!

- Come on, Cosy. Come on.

Come on, Cosy Girl. Cosy Girl.

- lt's so close between those two.

- Cosy Girl! Cosy Girl!

- But Backtrack has won it!

- Cosy Girl, you lazy b*tch!

- Backtrack over Cosy Girl.

Backtrack wins.

- Cosy Girl was second.

- You lazy, hag-ass b*tch!

That cosy sh*t is why we lost

this race. Bein' f***in' cosy!

You need to get the fire

under your ass!

- Move in.

- All the way to the end.

- Set up on the door.

Clear. Take positions.

To the right.

- Got this one.

- Right window.

- They want us to go

around the back side.

- Ninety-seven at the inner perimeter.

No, no, communications are down.

He ripped the phone out.

Yeah, yeah, he's here now.

Got it.

- Hey, Scott.

- Hey, Eiko, where's the command post?

lt's down here. Hey, Bob,

l need two guys to go to CP.

- Now what's goin' on?

- Suspect came in shortly

after the bank opened.

A botched robbery.

Teller hit the silent alarm.

He's taken 17 hostages, shot one;

the guard. He's still alive.

- So far, he's asked for a--

- Car.

And a plane waiting at the airport,

and if he doesn't get that--

- He'll kill all the hostages

in five minutes.

- Right.

- What's the suspect's name?

- Earl.

Earl. Sh*t, you'd think on a day

like today, Earl would go

to the park or somethin', right?

Ladies and gentlemen.

What's up, man?

- Scott.

- Hey.

Rope, glad you could make it.

Captain Solis is on his way down.

-You guys got a profile on Earl?


- This guy's no genius.

- Well, they ain't usually

graduate students.

- SWAT wants to go in.

- What, they ain't killed

nobody yet this week?

Okay, we got a guy who's probably

on drugs. He's got a record of 4-5-9s.

He's been busted

on possession.

Never been busted on a major felony.

What's this guy's demeanour?

Well, he's a little f***in' agitated.

He ripped the phone out.

l gotta go face to face.

- No, l don't think so.

- Sam, you got a building

full of hostages.

One of 'em is hurt. We don't know how

bad. This nut pulled out the telephone.

The SWAT said he's got a gun

to somebody's head. lf SWA goes in there, you're gonna

lose one person, possibly two.

You gotta let me go in there

and look around and make sure

everything's all right in there.

- l don't know.

- Sam, look at the guy's rap sheet.

There's no violence on there.

The guy's never offed anybody.

Hey, look. Are you gonna let me go in

there or are we gonna stand around and

talk and let this guy bleed to death?

Can l have a dozen

doughnuts please?

What makes a guy

do somethin' like that?

Gimme a roof and

a rifle any day.

CP, l see a WMA

in window three...

holding a handgun

to Asian female's head.

Suspect is wearing

a black vest and T-shirt.

l'm gonna kill somebody!

lf they don't gimme my god-damn

car, l'm gonna kill somebody!

- Who the f*** are you, man?

- Hey, how you doin', Earl?

- l'm Scott Roper, the negotiator.

- Get up! Get up! Get up

where l can see you!

Hands up! Get back! Get back!

Stop right there, motherf***er!

Hands up! Hands up!

Get back!

Get back. Step back.

Stop right there, man.

- Stop.

- Okay, Earl. All right? l'm stoppin'.

- All right, turn around.

- l don't carry a weapon, Earl.

l'm a negotiator.

- l have no gun. See?

- keep your hands up!

- l'm just pattin' down for you.

- Hands up!

- Pattin' down for you.

- All right?

- What's in the hand, man?

What's in the bag?

These are doughnuts, Earl. l know

you've all been in here a while...

so l brought some doughnuts in case

anybody wanted a snack or something.

Drop the f***in' bag!

Drop the bag!

Okay, no problem. l'm gonna

put the doughnuts down.

-lt's just doughnuts, okay, Earl? Relax.

-kick 'em over.

- Okay.

- Hands up! Goddamn it, let me see you!

kick it over, man.

kick it over!

Pick it up. Pick it up!

Pick it up!

Open the bag! Show me

what's in the bag! Open it!

- lt's doughnuts, man.

- That's what l said, man.

l told you they were doughnuts.

That's bullshit, man!

You poisoned that sh*t!

- You put like f***in'

powdered sh*t in it, man.

- Earl. No, no.

- You're f***in' with me!

Earl, look, l'm not playin'

with you. They're just doughnuts.

- Eat it! Eat one.

- Please, eat. Don't even

worry about the doughnuts.

- Eat the doughnut!

- Let 'em eat 'em. See?

- Where's my f***in' car, man?

- l'm gettin' you your car,

but first things first.

All right, Earl?

We have to do this thing right.

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