- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 21, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Miramax
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English, French
- Subtitles - Spanish - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Behind the Scenes: "Taking HOSTAGE Behind The Scenes"
- Audio Commentary: Florent Emilio Siri - Director
- Deleted Scenes: With Optional Commentary
- Extended Scenes: With Optional Commentary
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Bruce Willis &
Serena Scott Thomas,
Jonathan Tucker &
Florent Emilio Siri
Original story by
Richard D. Zanuck,
Mark Gordon &
Director of Photography:
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci
Los Angeles Times - 03/11/2005
"HOSTAGE exemplifies taut, confident filmmaking. Bruce Willis draws upon the full measure of his strong physical presence, his intelligence and his considerable emotional resources held in reserve."
Entertainment Weekly - 03/18/2005
"[T]he film's vaguely haunted, melancholic European sense of displacement does our Bruno good."
Uncut - 05/01/2005
"HOSTAGE is wonderfully nasty funny -- thanks to an authentic performance from Bruce..."
This well-made thriller harkens back to the gritty crime films of the 1970s. Bruce Willis plays Jeff Talley, a traumatized ex-LAPD hostage negotiator whose new career as small town sheriff doesn't turn out to be as restful as he had hoped; a hostage situation breaks out on "low crime Tuesday" and he is thrown right back into the business he knows all too well. Some punk kids have shot a cop and are holed up in a local mansion inhabited by crooked accountant Walter Smith (Kevin Pollak), his two kids, and a lot of surveillance cameras. Walter's young son (Jimmy Bennett) escapes his bonds and reports to Talley from the air shafts via his sister's cell phone. The sister--a Goth teen played by Michelle Horn--draws the romantic attention of Mars (Ben Foster), the pot-addled sociopath in the gang, thus adding a unique twist to the damsel-in-distress factor. Meanwhile, amid the buzzing helicopters and mobilizing S.W.A.T. teams, another group of bad guys has kidnapped Talley's wife and daughter, in order to force him to retrieve a secret disc in Walter's study. Florent Siri's efficient direction keeps the action flowing in unexpected directions while allowing for plenty of interesting procedural details and sly bits of humor. The score is ominous and the performances are strong, with Foster memorably creepy and Willis excellent as the frightened hero.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
Action superstar Bruce Willis (SIN CITY, DIE HARD, UNBREAKABLE, THE SIXTH SENSE, ARMAGEDDON, PULP FICTION) powers a nail-biting thriller that crackles with action and suspense! When Jeff Talley (Willis) became chief of police in a sleepy town, he thought he'd left behind the traumas of his career as a big city hostage negotiator. But when a random crime escalates into a deadly standoff, Talley finds himself thrust into a situation far more volatile and terrifying than anything he could ever imagine! Also starring Kevin Pollak (THE USUAL SUSPECTS, THE WHOLE NINE YARDS), Jonathan Tucker (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE), and Ben Foster (SIX FEET UNDER, THE PUNISHER), this acclaimed hit is based on the best-selling novel by Robert Crais.
Los Angeles, California |
- Theatrical Release: March 11, 2005