Thomas Carter (1997)

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Our Score
Following the goofy slapstick of The Nutty Professor, Eddie Murphy returned to the genre that made him a star with this misfiring action vehicle. It has a harder centre than usual as hostage negotiator Murphy uses his motormouth talents to haggle with hostage takers. However, his persuasive charms are sorely tested when he comes up against psychopathic jewel thief Michael Wincott, who remains unconvinced that it's good to talk. The highlight set piece is a car chase involving a runaway tram, but otherwise director Thomas Carter, who cut his teeth on TV series such as Remington Steele and Midnight Caller, displays little flair in the action department. Beverly Hills Cop was more fun.


A wisecracking police negotiator meets his match in a ruthless jewel thief, who has not only murdered one of his best friends but has also taken a group of innocent victims hostage - including the cop's former girlfriend. Comedy thriller, starring Eddie Murphy, Michael Rapaport, Michael Wincott and Carmen Ejogo.

Cast & Crew

Scott Roper Eddie Murphy
Kevin McCall Michael Rapaport
Detective Kimura Kim Miyori
Officer Forbes James Carpenter
Lieutenant Sam Baffert Art Evans
Earl Donal Logue
Debbie Jeni Chua
Bank manager Richard Bright
Michael Korda Michael Wincott
Ronnie Tate Carmen Ejogo
Director Thomas Carter
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and brief nudity. Available on: video and DVD
Drama Comedy