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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.


" 'Talley' is the perfect character for Willis. -- Fred Topel, ABOUT.COM

"A brutal and suspenseful film noir." -- Harvey S. Karten, COMPUSERVE

"An interesting French action pic fights gallantly for dominance over a bulging, American-style shoot-'em-up." -- Lisa Schwarzbaum, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"Lots of thrills and chills." -- Eric Lurio, GREENWICH VILLAGE GAZETTE

"Made with energetic flair and no small dose of violence, mercifully handled with discretion, HOSTAGE exemplifies taut, confident filmmaking." -- Kevin Thomas, LOS ANGELES TIMES

Special Features

  • Behind the scenes featurette
  • Deleted & extended scenes with optional commentary by director Florent Siri

Product Details

  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Kevin Pollak, Serena Scott Thomas, Jimmy Bennett, Michelle Horn
  • Directors: Florent-Emilio Siri
  • Writers: Doug Richardson, Robert Crais
  • Producers: Bruce Willis, Andreas Thiesmeyer, Arnold Rifkin, Bob Yari, David J. Wally
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2005
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009ETCUQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,235 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hostage" on IMDb

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Isaac on January 10, 2006
Format: DVD
"Hostage" is a well-written, well-acted, and well-made thriller that hosts the return of Bruce Willis to his true action-thriller roots. It is also a warm-up exercise for the veteran, who announced a week before the film's theatrical release that he has every intention of returning for a fourth "Die Hard" installment. Whether or not he will follow through on this, he reminds us in this movie that he is still at the top of his game. And when, may I ask, will the bad guys learn that you just don't mess around with Bruce Willis?

One year after negotiating a hostage situation that ended in tragedy, Jeff Talley (Bruce Willis) is the chief of police in Ventura County, California. His marriage with Jane (Serena Scott Thomas) is on the rocks, he is at odds with his daughter Amanda (Willis` real-life daughter, Rumer Willis), and, as would be expected, the past is haunting him mercilessly. Talley is having trouble coping with not being able to save a little boy's life, which is why he retired from being a negotiator and took a less stressful job.

What begins as a "low crime Monday" in Talley's quiet town turns into a nightmare when a trio of troublesome teenagers--comprised of brothers Dennis and Kevin (Jonathan Tucker and Marshall Allman) and their buddy Mars (Ben Foster)--invade the highly secured mountaintop mansion of wealthy accountant Walter Smith (Kevin Pollak). The punks have the simple intention of stealing Walter's Escalade, but when a silent alarm is tripped and an investigating police officer is shot, they take Walter, his teenage daughter Jennifer (Michelle Horn), and his young son Tommy (Jimmy Bennett) hostage.
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59 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 9, 2005
Format: DVD
Another dark drama that makes no pretense

Of having a plotline that makes any sense

With two hostage stories, it's double the action

Depending on violence to get your reaction

Bruce Willis does "anguish", the thing he does best

But the acting shouts "B" for most of the rest

He once lost a hostage and retired from the fray

Preferring to sit at his desk every day

But as fate would have it, some punks cross his path

And it blows up real quick when a cop feels their wrath

They hold the Smiths hostage, the alarm system sucks

The stakes get much higher when they find some big bucks

And wouldn't you know it, the Dad is a crook

By creative accounting, not quite by the book

He's hidden some files under "Heaven Can Wait"

And organized crime is now storming the gate

The punks are in shambles, they're out of their league

They're making mistakes out of greed and fatigue

But Bruce has no choice, he can't put it aside

His wife and his daughter are kidnapped and tied

The ending's predictable, violent and gory

A typical, everyday action-man story

With fiery effects and slow motion also

As a rental, this movie is packaged to go.

(Rated 3.5 stars)

Amanda Richards, October 10, 2005
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Spitzer on June 25, 2005
Format: DVD
When compared to the majority of films being released these days, HOSTAGE is about as good as it gets making this type of film...

Classic good honest cop thrown into a tough situation while trying to escape the burnout of a prior life is faced with some of society's worst criminals and human scum !

Bruce Willis does some of his best dramatic emotional acting in this tense hostage thriller.

Soundtrack helps build the moods and tensions.

This is not the mindless "cotton candy" formula fluff liberal Hollywood tends to toss out these days.. this is a real story with real world grit.

Sure there are some minor elements I may not have been 100% thrilled with regarding the kid's pat of the storyline, but no film can be 100% perfect in every regard for every viewer.

Like I said, this is about as good as it gets when making this type of film.

It's a shame it got such little attention when other lesser films are better known.
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 15, 2005
Going into this film you should know that "Hostage" is an over the top sort of film. Based on the novel of the same name by Robert Crais, this 2005 release finds that one hostage drama is not enough, there needs to be two hostage dramas going on at the same time just to make things even more complicated. Then it decides that the hero should be burdened with guilt over a previous hostage situation that goes wrong. On the one hand this makes the scenario pretty unbelievable, but on the other hand you get to the point where you are wondering how they are going to get to the requisite happy ending so you will be hard pressed to call "Hostage" predictable. That being the greatest Hollywood sin, I am willing to forgive this film its faults.

The prologue finds Jeff Talley (Bruce Willis), with long hair and a long beard, dealing with a hostage situation in L.A. His goal is to make sure that nobody dies that die, but that does not happen. A year later Talley is the chief of police in Bristo Camino in Ventura County. His wife (Serena Scott Thomas) and daughter (Rumer Willis) are still living in the city and come out to visit on weekends. The daughter is not speaking to her father, apparently worried her parents are going to get divorced and unable to understand why daddy wants the relative peace and quiet of the sticks. But like Willis' most famous screen incarnation, John McClane of the "Die Hard" flicks, the rule of irony applies and his biggest nightmare shows up in town.

Three young punks are sitting in a stolen pick-up truck ogling a young girl who flips them off before getting back into her daddy's SUV. They decide to follow the family home and when they discover a beautiful home nestled in the hills outside of town they decide to break in and push the family around.
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