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Metro (1997)

A Hostage Negotiator teams up with a Sharpshooter to bring down a dangerous jewel thief.

Director:

Thomas Carter

Writer:

Randy Feldman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... Insp. Scott Roper
Kim Miyori ... Detective Kimura
Art Evans ... Lt. Sam Baffett
James Carpenter James Carpenter ... Officer Forbes
Michael Rapaport ... Kevin McCall
Donal Logue ... Earl
Jeni Chua ... Debbie, Earl's Hostage
Dick Bright Dick Bright ... Bank Manager
David Michael Silverman David Michael Silverman ... SWAT Officer Jennings
Denis Arndt ... Capt. Frank Solis
Frank Somerville Frank Somerville ... Reporter
Malou Nubla Malou Nubla ... Reporter
Carmen Ejogo ... Veronica 'Ronnie' Tate
Nino Degennaro ... Repoman
Michael Wincott ... Michael Korda
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Storyline

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. Written by P.Wong <pwong@nt.net>

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Life is a negotiation. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El negociador See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,411,107, 20 January 1997

Gross USA:

$32,000,301

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,000,301
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Was one of several films that Academy Award nominee James Newton Howard was attached to score in 1996 and early 1997 but had to drop due to scheduling conflicts with other films. The others include Chain Reaction (subsequently scored by Oscar Winner Jerry Goldsmith), Liar, Liar, Dante's Peak and The Rich Man's Wife. He did manage to write the themes for this film (scored by Steve Porcaro), Dante's Peak, Liar, Liar and The Rich Man's Wife which were scored by John Debney and John Frizzell. See more »

Goofs

In the opening hostage scene, Roper is wearing an orange v-neck sweater with a t-shirt showing under it. The t-shirt disappears and reappears multiple times. See more »

Quotes

Michael Korda: You know, there's a saying in Naples: When you think you're fuckin' them, they're fuckin' you.
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Features Basic Instinct (1992) See more »

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HIGH NOON (DO NOT FORSAKE ME)
Written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington
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Although It's Nothing Special, Metro is a Solid Action Movie Regardless
31 July 2007 | by wchngliuSee all my reviews

Metro appears to be a low-budget action affair, which whilst it has nothing new to offer, shows us a different side to Eddie Murphy as an actor that we hadn't seen before in his previous films. People have in the past often compared this to Beverly Hills Cop 1, in terms of the fact that they are both your typical, run- of- the- mill cop movies, but the comparisons seem to come to an end when you compare that film to Metro, in terms of plot, character types and the fact that Eddie Murphy doesn't joke about as negotiator/cop Scott Roaper that often. Not like his predecessor, Axel Foley. Here, as Roaper he is much more serious and not as laid back in contrast to his most famous movie character. Metro plays out as a straight out action movie that isn't reliant on laughs, which in itself is no bad thing. One of the main problems that some of the audiences had, in regards to their expectations of Metro, was by assuming that it would be something similar on the lines of Beverly Hills Cop. It has its funny moments, but these are few and far between throughout the film, as the narrative in Metro is very much serious and the standard cop thriller we'd come to expect.

Overall, Metro is not a bad effort and the action sequences are well executed. Murphy gives a surprising turn and performance as Roaper and thus it makes a change to see him in an almost completely non-comedic role, which he does well in.

Not bad indeed.


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