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The Negotiator is a 1998 thriller starring Samuel L. Jackson as Danny Roman, a Chicago PD detective who works as a hostage negotiator for the department. When he is framed for corruption and murder, Roman decides to take hostages in the police headquarters in order to clear his name. Kevin Spacey co-stars as Lt. Chris Sabian, a fellow negotiator who is brought in to attempt to free the hostages and end the situation without bloodshed. The film was directed by F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job).
The following weapons were used in the film The Negotiator:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
The SIG-Sauer P226 pistol is the unofficial star of The Negotiator, and is used heavily by many characters in the movie. When Lieutenant Danny Roman (Samuel L. Jackson) is accused of murdering his partner as part of a corruption scandal, he takes the accusing Internal Affairs investigators hostage using a P226 that he acquires from one of them during a scuffle. There are several extreme closeups of the P226 where it is easy to see that, as with all prop SIG-Sauer pistols used in Hollywood, the lock-up on the barrel has been filed down in order to make the gun function with blanks. HBT officer Hellman (Nestor Serrano) also carries a P226 which is also briefly wielded by Inspector Grant Frost (Ron Rifkin) near the end of the film. HBT Commander Beck (David Morse) also uses a SIG P226 at the climax of the film.
Many of the other Chicago police HBT officers throughout the movie also use the SIG-Sauer P226. The two HBT operators who attempt to breach the building from the air are armed with P226s fitted with Surefire 332R flashlight (early model, marked "Laser Products"), both of which are then confiscated by Danny and used later in the film.
Lieutenant Chris Sabian (Kevin Spacey) carries a Glock 19 as his sidearm throughout the movie.
Glock 'Non Gun'
The masked gunman during a murder also uses a Glock 19 (though in a flashback, it is easy to tell that his Glock is actually one of the flashbulb-firing "Non Gun" Glocks; this is necessary because at the range of the shot, blanks would be harmful to the actor).
Danny Roman's sidearm early in the film is a Beretta 92FS, which he is forced to surrender (along with his badge) when he learns that he is placed on suspension. Many other Chicago police officers throughout the movie also use the 92FS (including the two who arrest Danny at the scene of a murder).
When Danny takes the Internal Affairs investigators hostage in their office, many of the other detectives in the office are armed with a variety of different types of revolvers. Danny forces them to place their weapons on a desk. Among the revolvers seen are various Smith & Wesson models.
Chicago HBT sniper Palermo (Michael Cudlitz) uses a .308 (7.62x51mm NATO) version of the Finnish Valmet M78/83 semi-automatic rifle. His Valmet is outfitted with a scope and laser sight (which a real-life sniper would never use).
Some of the snipers called to the scene of the hostage situation can be seen aiming Remington 700PSS sniper rifles at Danny Roman.
At the funeral of a fallen CPD detective, an honor guard detail use M14 rifles to perform the rifle volley.
Heckler & Koch MP5SD2
Hellman uses a suppressed Heckler & Koch MP5SD2 submachine gun throughout the movie. The weapon was taken after an attempted breach since it was used in an officer involved shooting.
Heckler & Koch MP5A2/A3
Most of the HBT and FBI SWAT officers throughout the movie can be seen using Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine guns fitted with Surefire weaponlight forearms, mostly (including Argento (Tim Kelleher)) the MP5A2 variant (fixed stock), but also some collapsible-stock MP5A3s.
Winchester Model 1897
Omar (Tom Bower) in the opening standoff is armed with a Winchester Model 1897. The shotgun is taken by Danny Roman (Samuel L. Jackson) when Omar falls on the floor. Danny briefly give it to Nathan (Paul Guilfoyle) to take it away.