The Negotiator, Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey, to Open Wednesday, July 29, 1998

July 28, 1998

Warner Bros.' and New Regency's tense action-drama, "The Negotiator," starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey under the direction of F. Gary Gray, will open in nationwide release on Wednesday, July 29, 1998.Filmed on location in Chicago and Los Angeles, "The Negotiator" tracks Danny Roman (Jackson), a top hostage negotiator for the Chicago Police Department, who has been framed in the death of his partner and as the leader of an embezzlement scheme. Roman, desperate to find justice, takes the head of Internal Affairs and his staff hostage, and demands that only one negotiator be brought in to talk to him - Chris Sabian (Spacey), another Chicago cop, but from a distant precinct. The two very dissimilar men engage in a battle of wits and wills to save lives in and out of the hostage situation, while they try to uncover the reason that Roman has been framed.

Samuel L. Jackson received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction," as well as a Best Supporting Actor Award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Earlier in his career, Jackson made movie history with his portrayal of a crack addict in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever," when he was awarded the only Best Supporting Performance Award ever given by the judges at the Cannes Film Festival. He also won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor for that performance.

Most recently, Jackson starred in "187," the award-winning "Eve's Bayou" (which he also produced), the Quentin Tarantino-directed "Jackie Brown" (for which he received both the Silver Bear Award for Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival and a Golden Globe nomination), and "Sphere," opposite Dustin Hoffman and Sharon Stone and directed by Barry Levinson. He also stars in two upcoming releases, "The Red Violin," directed by Francois Girard;" and the prequel to "Star Wars," in which he makes a cameo appearance.

In 1996, he starred opposite Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey and Kevin Spacey in Joel Schumacher's film of the John Grisham novel A Time to Kill, earning a Golden Globe nomination and an NAACP Image Award for his performance. Jackson's other recent credits include "Fresh," "Die Hard With a Vengeance," "The Long Kiss Goodnight," "Hard Eight," "Kiss of Death," "Losing Isaiah" and "Amos and Andrew."

Jackson made his film debut in "Together for Days." His numerous film credits include "Ragtime," "Sea of Love," "Coming to America," "Ray," "Do the Right Thing," "School Daze," "Mo' Better Blues," "GoodFellas," "Strictly Business," "White Sands," "Patriot Games," "Jumpin' at the Boneyard," "Fathers and Sons," "Juice" and "True Romance."

Kevin Spacey starred last year as Detective Jack Vicennes in the critically acclaimed, award-winning "L.A. Confidential," co-written and directed by Curtis Hanson. Spacey received the 1995 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in "The Usual Suspects," directed by Bryan Singer. In addition, The National Board of Review, New York Film Critics, Chicago Film Critics, Boston Film Critics, the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild, Seattle Film Festival, the Independent Spirit Awards and the MTV Awards honored him for his performances in 1995. He recently completed a starring role in "Hurlyburly" opposite Sean Penn, Chazz Palminteri, Robin Wright Penn, Meg Ryan and Anna Paquin.

Spacey's other films include "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," "A Time to Kill," "Looking For Richard," "Seven," "Swimming With Sharks," "Outbreak," "Iron Will," "The Ref," "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Consenting Adults." In addition to his acting career, Spacey made his directorial debut in 1997 with the film "Albino Alligator," starring Matt Dillon, Faye Dunaway and Gary Sinise.

David Morse made his motion-picture debut in Richard Donner's "Inside Moves" and has since co-starred in numerous films, including the box-office hit "Contact," "Extreme Measures," "The Long Kiss Goodnight," "The Rock," "Twelve Monkeys," "The Crossing Guard," "The Getaway," "The Good Son," "Indian Runner," "The Desperate Hours" and "Personal Foul." He also starred in "George B," which was In Competition at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.

Ron Rifkin most recently co-starred in the critically acclaimed "L.A. Confidential." Previously, he starred in the film adaptation of the award-winning play "Substance of Fire," recreating a role that he originated on stage in New York and Los Angeles and which won him an Obie, a Drama Desk Award, a Lucille Lortel Award and a DramaLogue Award. Rifkin's other film credits include Woody Allen's "Husbands and Wives" and "Manhattan Murder Mystery," "Last Summer in the Hamptons," "Wolf," "JFK," "The Sting II," "The Big Fix," "The Sunshine Boys" and "Silent Running."

Following an award-winning career on Broadway and in regional theater, John Spencer turned to acting in features and, in a short span of time, was featured in "Sea of Love," "Black Rain" and "Green Card," and had a co-starring role opposite Harrison Ford in "Presumed Innocent." He co-starred with Billy Crystal and Deborah Winger in "Forget Paris" and also starred in "Cafe Society." Spencer's most recent film roles include "The Rock," "Coldheart," "Albino Alligator" (directed by Kevin Spacey), "Lesser Prophets," "Copland" and "Twilight," starring Paul Newman and directed by Robert Benton.J.T. Walsh most recently appeared opposite Kurt Russell and Kathleen Quinlan in the critically acclaimed box-office hit "Breakdown" and previously appeared in "Sling Blade," for which he and the rest of the cast were nominated for a SAG Award for "Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture."

Walsh's prolific feature film career includes work for many of the industry's most respected directors, including Sidney Lumet in "Power," Robert Towne in "Tequila Sunrise," David Mamet in "House of Games," Barry Levinson in "Tin Men" and "Good Morning, Vietnam," Ron Howard in "Backdraft," Rob Reiner in "A Few Good Men," Joel Schumacher in "The Client," Wolfgang Peterson in "Outbreak" and Oliver Stone in "Nixon." Among Walsh's other credits are "The Grifters," "Red Rock West," "The Big Picture," "Narrow Margin," "Hoffa," "Blue Chips," "Miracle on 34th Street" and "Executive Action." Walsh died early in 1998.

Director F. Gary Gray received widespread critical praise for his second feature, "Set It Off," a gripping action drama that became New Line's highest grossing release of that year and received a Cognac Film Festival Award. His debut feature was the hit comedy "Friday," starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker.Gray segued from his work as a cameraman to directing music videos with the short film "Divided We Fall," eventually becoming a pioneer and award-winning director in music video. He went on to direct videos for such recording artists as Whitney Houston, Ice Cube and TLC, and helped establish mainstream exposure for such artists as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Coolio.

Producer Arnon Milchan is the founder of Regency Enterprises and one of the pre-eminent independent film producers in the world. Milchan was named Producer of the Year at the 1997 National Association of Theater Owners' ShoWest convention.

His recent film productions include "City of Angels," starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan; the critically acclaimed, award-winning "L.A. Confidential," with Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger and Danny DeVito; "The Devil's Advocate," with Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino; "Murder at 1600"; "A Time to Kill"; "Tin Cup"; and "Heat." Milchan's upcoming projects include the wry thriller "Goodbye Lover," starring Patricia Arquette, Dermot Mulroney, Ellen DeGeneres, Mary-Louise Parker and Don Johnson.

Milchan's production credits include Garry Marshall's "Pretty Woman," Terry Gilliam's "Brazil," Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in America," Danny DeVito's "The War of the Roses," Martin Scorsese's "The King of Comedy," Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers" and "JFK" (which was nominated for Eight Academy Awards), as well as "The Client," "Under Siege" and "Free Willy." His other films include "Guilty By Suspicion," Stone's "Heaven and Earth," "Made in America," Joel Schumacher's "Falling Down," "Sommersby," "The Power of One," "The Mambo Kings," "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory," "Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home" and "Copycat."

Producer David Hoberman, former head of the Walt Disney Motion Picture Group, is the founder of Mandeville Films, which has produced "The Sixth Man," "Mr.Wrong" and the recent box-office hit "George of the Jungle." Hoberman has also completed production on "The Other Sister," directed by Garry Marshall with Diane Keaton, Juliette Lewis, Tom Skerritt and Giovanni Ribisi.

For more than six years, Hoberman served as president of the Walt Disney Motion Picture Group, overseeing production and development of such hit films as "Beaches," "Dangerous Minds," "Father of the Bride," "Good Morning, Vietnam," Dead Poet's Society," "Pretty Woman," "Stakeout," "Ruthless People," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," among many others. He was also President of the Walt Disney Studios' Touchstone Pictures division, and previously had served as an executive with Walt Disney Pictures for several years.

Regency Enterprises Presents A Mandeville Films/New Regency Production of An F. Gary Gray Film: Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey in "The Negotiator," starring David Morse, Ron Rifkin, John Spencer and J.T. Walsh. The music is by Graeme Revell; the film is edited by Christian Adam Wagner; and the production designer is Holger Gross. The director of photography is Russell Carpenter. The executive producers are David Nicksay, Robert Stone and Webster Stone. The film is written by James DeMonaco & Kevin Fox; it is produced by David Hoberman and Arnon Milchan. "The Negotiator" is directed by F. Gary Gray and distributed by Warner Bros., A Time Warner Entertainment Company. www.newregency.com

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