The Negotiator

Synopsis: In the midst of an elaborate conspiracy, an expert negotiator is driven to the edge when he's framed for the murder of his partner, as well as embezzling money from his department's pension fund. His only chance to prove his innocence is to take hostages himself, acquire the services of another expert negotiator, and find out who's running the conspiracy before it's too late.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): F. Gary Gray
  2 wins & 6 nominations.
140 min

Yeah, I like animals

better than people sometimes.

Especially dogs. Dogs are the best.

Every time you come home, they act

like they haven't seen you in a year.

And the good thing about dogs... they got different dogs

for different people.

Like pit bulls.

The dog of dogs.

Pit bull can be the right man's

best friend...

...and the wrong man's worst enemy.

You going to give me a dog for a pet,

give me a pit bull. Give me...

...Raoul. Right, Omar?

Give me Raoul.

I f***ing hate Raoul!

Shut the f*** up, a**hole!

Sonofabitch won't shut up!

Hates Raoul.

Farley f***ed up the list.

I can dig it, Omar.

I had a dog like that.

A poodle.

She didn't bark, though.

She pissed on the floor.

I hated that dog.

But if I was ever depressed...

...she'd lay her head in my lap, look up

at me with those big old eyes.

Even though I thought

I hated that dog...

...I loved her.

It's like that, ain't it?

That love-hate thing.

No more goddamned talk!

I can't wait anymore.

I want my wife!

I want her up here.

Or I'll do our daughter.

- Listen to me...

- No more talking.

I want that b*tch or

I'll do the girl.

Omar, I'm doing the

best I can here, man.

I'm not going to hurt her. I just want

her to see me blow my brains out.

I want her to think about that when

she's sucking that fat prick's cock.

Roman's losing him.

If this guy goes, he takes

the girl with him. Let's go in.

I'll give Danny another minute.

He's pulled out of worse.

Another minute, that girl

will be dead.

Unit One, prepare entry.

All units stand by for full breach.

You lost him. Make entry.

Beck thinks you lost him.

Frost gave him the go-ahead.

That's not the play. Omar's tight.

He can get a shot off if they breach.

I can still talk to him.

I just need time.

HBT 1. Negotiator requests time.

Negative. Team's in position.

F*** it. I'm going in.

Don't do it.

You'll give him another hostage.

Know another way to get the gun

off her head?

Negotiator entering kill zone.

Keep him out. Our men will lose

objectivity if he's in there.

This is Frost. Stand down.

Omar was a Marine, right?

- We have a shot?

- Bedroom, but he's nowhere near.

He will be.

Get Eagle and Palermo to that window.

Tell them to wait for my signal.

Put that motherf***er on his back.

Hellman, Allen, Argento.

When I'm clear, come get that girl.

I just got word your wife's here.


Shut the f*** up.

I've been authorized to make the trade.

But I got to come in...

...look around, make sure there's

no other hostages or surprises.

F*** you!

I want to see her first.

Omar, I got to come look.

Then I can bring in your wife,

get the girl.

What if you're lying?

Then shoot me!

Fair enough!

Nice and slow!

You look around...

...then I get my wife.

Or you f***ing die.


Move real slow.

This ain't about me or you...

...but I'll take you out just the same.

He's in.

We got to play it out now.

Unit 1, hold position.

Lock it.

Nice breeze.

Great day to be out, you know?

Not cold. Cool, kind of brisk.

Too bad we're stuck here.

You've seen there's no surprise.

Let's do this.

I got to look in those rooms down there.

Make sure there's nobody there.

All right, move.

Football, huh?

Perfect day for it.

Ain't missed a Bears game

since I left the Corps.

The Corps was a winning team.

Oh, yeah? You were in?

- Did a tour in '73.

- Semper fi, motherf***er.

I did 2 tours.

'68 and '69.

Well, hoo-f***ing-rah, Omar. Hoorah!

Don't meet many Marines these days.

Everybody joins the Navy.

I have a visual on the suspect.

See? Nothing here, Lieutenant.

So now we make the trade.

Stay cool.

We got a one count.

Like I said,

got to check out everything.

A Marine and a sailor

are taking a piss.

The Marine goes to leave

without washing up.

Sailor says, "In the Navy...

...they teach us to wash our hands."

The Marine turns to him and says:

"In the Marines, they teach us

not to piss on our hands."

Move! Move!

H.T.'s down!


You all right?

You okay?


Here, boy!

Get down, get funky, get loose!

Do it, do it, do it!

You're a hoedown guy.

Now I've seen everything.

Which one is the most

pathetic out there?

How you feeling?

Not great. I want to talk to you.

All right, cool.

Cut the music!

Take a wild guess

who's on the news again.

After 6 hours, hostage negotiator

Danny Roman risked his own life...

... disarming the hostage-taker

to end the standoff.

It looks like you saved the day again.

No, it was a team effort.

I just talked the guy out.

Did he say anything in there?

He just wanted to hog the spotlight!

I came close to busting your ass today

because of that sh*t you pulled.

But because it'll never happen again,

I'll let it go.

All right, he's all talk.

Off the record, that was one hell of a

gutsy job. Again! Congratulations.

Thanks. Congratulations to you.

Great party.

You really in the Marines?

No, I was in the Army and

I f***ing hate dogs.

Though things worked out you put

these guys in jeopardy.

If you were taken hostage,

you would've f***ed up everything.

Everybody lived, Beck.

Even you.


Can't you take turns?

I was going to let Nate go in...

...but I knew Linda would be

pissed at me.

Nate's much smarter than that.

I'm too smart.

Too smart for my own good sometimes.

I got to talk to you. It's important.

A minute, I promise.

Just a minute.

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James DeMonaco

James DeMonaco (born 1969) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer. He is best known for creating the Purge franchise, writing and directing The Purge (2013), The Purge: Anarchy (2014), and The Purge: Election Year (2016).DeMonaco's first produced screenplay was the Robin Williams comedy Jack (1996), directed by Academy Award-winner Francis Ford Coppola. more…

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