The Negotiator

The Negotiator (1998)

13 mistakes

Continuity mistake: At the end, the paramedics are taking Samuel L. Jackson into an ambulance. His head is toward the front of the ambulance but in the next shot, Jackson's head is at the back of the ambulance.

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Continuity mistake: When Samuel L. Jackson tries to get into Niebaum's computer he lets the secretary tell him the password. The secretary tells him the code is C-I-COMG9. They type C-I-COM then when they cut back it says A014487G9.

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Factual error: At the end, as Samuel L. Jackson is being put in the ambulance, it is standard practice to strap the patient to the gurney for safety reasons, which is not done - nor can any straps be seen as the ambulance pulls away.

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Continuity mistake: In the lobby of police headquarters, Danny Roman's lawyer tells him to make a deal with the prosecution. Danny turns to his wife Karen and tells her to wait in the car and he will be right back. Then he proceeds to go upstairs and overtake Niebaum's office. Much later when Chris Sabian is negotiating, Karen arrives on the scene wondering what's going on. How long was she waiting in the car?

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Continuity mistake: In the scene at Niebaum's house you see Danny Roman sitting in front of a computer screen. Behind him Chris Sabian's plaid shirt is easily recognizable. However, in the next shot Chris is not standing behind Danny, but is at the door keeping watch.

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Factual error: Towards the end of the movie, just before he leaves the police headquarters, Danny Roman piles up a huge amount of office furniture as a barracade and ignites it with a grenade of some kind. The smoke detectors/sprinklers above the naked flames don't trigger for about three minutes.

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Continuity mistake: In the final scene Sabian (Kevin Spacey) gives the bogus discs to Frost who crumbles them up. After Frost is shot outside, Sabian is helping Danny Roman (Samuel L. Jackson) out of the house, he is holding the discs in his hand. Since they couldn't find the real discs and the computer was destroyed what were these discs he was now holding?

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Continuity mistake: In one scene Kevin Spacey goes up the building in a pair of dark trousers and comes down in a pair of light trousers.

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning of his seizure in Niebaum's office, Danny Roman handcuffs Niebaum to the arm of his chair. In subsequent shots, the latter's right, then left, then right hand is the one shackled.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Samuel L. Jackson is walking by the stairwell to get J.T. Walsh, the SWAT team member is not handcuffed to the stairwell, and in fact is not seen in the room. A few seconds later, as Samuel L. Jackson is attempting to push him into the other room, the SWAT member is shown handcuffed to the stairwell.

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Factual error: When Sabien views Niebaum's chair, you can see the bullet holes through the chair and into the desk behind it. The SWAT members were using 9mm MP5s, and they would use hollow point ammunition. Hollowpoints bloom when entering the body and do not pass through. Even if they used full metal jacket rounds, 9mm still wouldn't pass through a 250 lb man, a chair, and into a metal desk.

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Ian Hunt

Factual error: An ambulance would NEVER be parked directly in front of a hostage scene, as shown at the end of the movie, because (a) the ambulance would have to arrived before the police, (b) that location puts both the medics and the ambulance itself in jeopardy if shots are fired, and (c) the ambulance would be blocked in by the numerous police vehicles and thus unable to quickly leave with a wounded patient.

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Plot hole: A shot person in an ambulance with no medical attention? At the bare minimum the medics would check vitals, start an IV, clear the wound area (probably remove the entire shirt) and get an eval for the ER.

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Ian Hunt

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