The Negotiator

Plot hole: 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? (00:28:35)

Upvote valid corrections to help move entries into the corrections section.

Suggested correction: This isn't a mistake. Karen (and anyone else still on the property) would have been sent away by the police once they became aware of the hostage incident. She went home to wait for Danny because she doesn't know he is the perpetrator. When she is called back to the scene by Sabian she wonders what is going on because she doesn't know that Danny has taken hostages in the building.

BaconIsMyBFF

So she drove there with him and then just leaves him there? Lol. Can't see her just leaving without him since they drove there together. Even if people went around telling everyone to leave the area, I just can't see her not hanging around and waiting for him.

Plot hole: In the final scene Sabian gives the bogus discs to Frost who crumbles them up. After Frost is shot outside, Sabian is helping Danny Roman 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?

Upvote valid corrections to help move entries into the corrections section.

Suggested correction: This isn't a plot hole. Danny is just holding presumably blank discs. They couldn't find the wiretaps so Sabian tricked Frost by pretending the discs he were holding were genuine. Since Frost admitted on the radio to everything and there are literally dozens of witnesses, they don't need the wiretaps anymore. Danny is just showing Frost exactly how Sabian tricked him: he's still alive and he was fooled by false evidence.

BaconIsMyBFF

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.

Ian Hunt

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. (01:22:15)

More mistakes in The Negotiator

Rudy Timmons: Because once you familiarize yourself with the chains of bondage you prepare your own limbs to wear them. Fuckin' Abraham Lincoln said it, and I fuckin' believe it, so you have got to get me the fuck out! Now.

More quotes from The Negotiator

Question: How did Danny not get charged for taking hostages? He is even reinstated back into the police force.

Answer: Given the department-wide conspiracy he uncovered it's clear the authorities were unwilling to prosecute him.

More questions & answers from The Negotiator

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.