Some of the greatest movies out there are the ones that have crisis management as the crux. I love watching some authority figure convincingly persuading a villain from blowing up the West Coast or assuaging bank robbers in a hostage situation.
Some of my favorites aren't really good movies but they have classic scenes of negotiations.
The following is my top five.
5.) The Negotiator
The tagline on the Internet Movie Database for this one is "Chicago's two top negotiators must face each other. One of them is holding hostages. The other is demanding surrender. And everyone's holding their breath."
Samuel L. Jackson's yelling could have taken this one into the top five on its own. But Danny Roman, his character, plays such great mind games. He's always finding some way to trick people into doing what he wants like when he starts talking to a war veteran holding people hostage. What really makes this movie priceless though is Kevin Spacey squaring off with Jackson.
This movie is not good. It's one of those that you quote frequently and watch only to make fun of. But I can't get over how high and whiny John Travolta's voice is in it. Also, it just raises mind-boggling questions that you could talk about for days. For example, when Gabriel Shear, Travolta's character asks his assistant to verify that the money has gone into the account. Why does he need an assistant to verify it. Couldn't he just look over at the computer screen?
3.) Lethal Weapon
This might be where Mel Gibson's "I'm violently crazy" look originated. It's the one where his eyes get real wide and he looks like he is staring off into space. It has reappeared numerous times in movies like "Braveheart," "The Patriot," "Conspiracy Theory." But when he handcuffs himself to a jumper.
2.) Dirty Harry
Inspector Harry Calahan's disparaging technique is just a wonder to watch. I also like how he's so sick of dealing with human scum that he can't even be nice to a person on the brink. He makes the guy feel so bad for himself that he eventually lashes out at Calahan and jumps.
1.) Dog Day Afternoon
It's just that good. It's also one of the last times we saw Al Pacino the person. He's kind of a parody of himself now.
Justin Boron is the government reporter for the News Daily. His column appears Monday. He can be reached at 770-478-5753 or firstname.lastname@example.org .