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A failed police negotiator turned small town cop, must save the lives of a family held hostage, which draws him into a much more dangerous situation.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 6.6/10 (51,630 voted)

Critic's Score: 44/100

Florent-Emilio Siri

Stars: Bruce Willis, Kevin Pollak, Serena Scott Thomas

Jeff Talley, a former LAPD hostage negotiator, has moved himself away from his failed career outside of Los Angeles, and away from his wife and daughter. When a convenience store robbery goes wrong in his turf, the three perpetrators move in on an unsuspecting family. But the family's father has a secret which might compromise his kin, and one of the criminals is about to jump over the edge. Jeff Talley has to get everybody to survive the night……if he can.

Writers: Robert Crais, Doug Richardson


Bruce Willis

Jeff Talley

Kevin Pollak

Walter Smith

Jimmy Bennett

Tommy Smith

Michelle Horn

Jennifer Smith

Ben Foster

Mars Krupcheck

Jonathan Tucker

Dennis Kelly

Marshall Allman

Kevin Kelly

Serena Scott Thomas

Jane Talley

Rumer Willis

Amanda Talley

Kim Coates

The Watchman

Robert Knepper

Wil Bechler

Tina Lifford

Laura Shoemaker

Ransford Doherty

Mike Anders

Marjean Holden

Carol Flores

Michael D. Roberts


Every Second Counts


Official Website:
Metropolitan Filmexport [France] |
Miramax [United States] |

Release Date: 11 March 2005

Filming Locations: Azusa, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $52,000,000


Opening Weekend: $10,214,734
(13 March 2005)
(2123 Screens)

Gross: $34,636,443
(19 June 2005)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The word "fuck" is used 89 times.


When Tommy and Jennifer are in the safe room, Mars smears a bloody hand print on the window and shoots the window three times, but when Jeff comes back to get Jennifer and Tommy, the hand print is less smeared and the bullet holes are not in the window.


[first lines]

Joe Mack:
I need to talk to that motherfucker! You hear me? I want to talk to that fucker right now! I want that motherfucker!

User Review

IT ROCKS! This is a Bruce Willis we did not see for a long time!

Rating: 9/10

I saw Hostage in a German Pressscreening and I was blown away. Visually
stunning from the first second to the last. The director Florent Siri
nails every frame. He kept me on the edge of the seat from beginning to
the end.

In the last years Bruce Willis disappointed me. His last movies I found
very lame. But here, he is back as the great Action dude, he is famous
for. But Hostage is not another "die hard"-flick. It is different. With
more Drama, much darker and less humor is Hostage one of the most adult
(means grown up) Action Thriller I saw in Years.

The story is great. No cheap tricks, every second is well written,
superb acted and directed. The same with the soundtrack and – as I said
before – the visuals.

Hostage is a kind of violent Film noir in a MTV a like style. A real
ride. I don't want to tell much about the story. Go and see!