The Negotiator

The Negotiator (1998)

7 corrected entries

Corrected entry: Towards the end of the movie, Danny Roman piles up a huge amount of office furniture as a barricade and ignites it with a grenade of some kind. Flames appear almost immediately. When he counter-attacked the corrupt SWAT team some scenes before, he threw quite a lot of the same type of grenades without creating one single flame.

Correction: He used a kind of grenade called a flash-bang, which does what it says it creates both a flash and a bang, using a rather small explosive. In the fight he threw a lot of them around, but mostly on hard, non-flammable materials. When he makes his barricade, he throws in a lot of paper, which can be easily ignited by the small explosive caused by the flashbang.

Corrected entry: When Frost racks the Sig Sauer pistol to verify a round is in the chamber, the round pulls out and then slides back into the chamber. In reality, the spring loaded extractor would have pulled the round out and flung it sideways to make room for the next round.

Ian Hunt

Correction: He performed what is called a 'chamber check'. You partially retract the slide until the round is drawn out of the chamber slightly, it does not eject because the slide is not pulled back far enough for the extractor to kick it.

Corrected entry: After the marksman has a clear shot of Danny but refuses to shoot him he is asked to stand down and is presumably replaced. There is then a scene with Danny in the, now broken, window where we see 4 or 5 laser sights on his chest and one on his forehead. One of those is coming from the helicopter and one may come from the replacement shooter but where do all the others comes from and what were those marksmen doing when there was a clear shot earlier? It's stretching credibility to imagine that one marksman was replaced by four new ones in the few seconds that have passed.


Correction: When the first marksman has a shot, Danny is at a different window (two were broken by the invading policemen), and was slightly inside, meaning only one person had a clear shot. The second time, he's standing at a window further to the center of the building and is right at the edge, so more marksmen would have a line of fire.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the hostage taker is negotiating with Farley and says he can't use the word "no", it is exactly what happened in the Richard Bachman/Stephen King book "Rage." Even some of the dialogue is taken from the book.

Correction: I just re-read Rage this week and looked carefully for this scene. It does not exist. In "The Negotiator," the word "no" is what cannot be used by the negotiator and the gunman says that if it is, a hostage will be shot. In Rage, the gun-wielding student rapidly fires off questions to the de facto negotiator and demands that the negotiator answer the questions and never ask a question himself. The end of the scene was also the same with the negotiator getting tripped up and the gunman shooting the gun at no one to frighten the negotiator. However, the condition was different and no portion of the movie's dialog is taken from the book.

Corrected entry: While interrogating Niebaum soon after taking the hostages, Danny talks about Neurolinguistics. Danny says that if someone's eyes move in a certain way it means they are lying, in another way means they are remembering, etc. He is close, but not exactly right about how Neurolinguistics works. Each person does have a set of eye movements that allow a trained interrogator to tell if they are making up statements, but those movements are not the same for everyone. It takes even a highly skilled interrogator several minutes (at least) of questioning on known topics to be able to determine an individual's signs. Danny would not have been able to just begin asking questions like he did and use Neurolingustics to determine if Niebaum was telling the truth, and if the department trains its negotiators in this skill it certainly would train its Internal Affairs agents, the men who have to interview dirty cops, on the same skills.

Correction: Danny didn't necessarily know neurolinguistics. He just believed Niebaum was lying and was trying to make him fess up. Niebaum obviously knows even less, so he gets frustrated and believes him.

Corrected entry: Throughout the negotiations, Danny Roman uses his radio to communicate with (and in some cases, manipulate) the police force. So when Roman finally "convinces" Inspector Niebaum to confess to his part in the set-up and to name some of the other people involved, why wouldn't he use his radio so the entire police force could hear the conversation?

Correction: Maybe because the SWAT-teams are trying to enter the building and shoot Roman when this is happening. It wouldn't be easy getting heard amongst all the chatter going over the radio.

Corrected entry: When the SWAT team breaks into the building, when they shoot the greande through the glass, you can read LAPD on the emblem on the glass. LAPD? in Chicago?

Correction: It looks like LAPD because of the way it breaks, but if you freeze frame it correctly it says IAD for Internal Affairs Division.

Timothy Conard