I'm looking for the name of an action/thriller movie where the bad guy performs a bank robbery (or some other heist), then escapes by dressing up hostages as hostage-takers and fooling the police into shooting at them (while he himself pretends to be a hostage). It takes place in a large American (or possibly Canadian) city and I'm pretty sure it's from the '90s. It's similar in tone to other action/thriller movies of that decade.

The bad guy was played by a white, male actor who I believe was relatively famous at the time, but I don't remember seeing him in anything since then.

It's not Inside Man, where I believe the bank robber also dresses up hostages as hostage-takers or something similar.

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  • Sounds a bit like the beginning of "Demolition Man" with Sylvester Stallone (cop who kills hostages), Wesley Snipes (Bad Guy) and Sandra Bullock (cop in the future). Though a similar plot (masks) was used in "Batman: Dark Knight" with Heath Ledger as the bad guy. – Baard Kopperud Jun 1 '15 at 13:57

I believe you are looking for Metro (1997)

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Scott Roper is a wisecracking hostage negotiator. When his friend and fellow police officer is assassinated by a dangerous jewel thief, he is prepared to do just about anything to bring the killer to justice. But as his quiet investigation progresses, he must also train an ultra smart SWAT sniper to become a negotiator just like him.

Here's a link to the full movie.

The scene you describe begins at at 55:00 and concludes with a hostage mistakenly being shot 6 minutes later. The actor you describe is named Michael Wincott.

  • Yes, that's it! Looking at the description, it certainly ticks all the "'90s action movie" boxes as well! :) – Jakob Jun 1 '15 at 16:29

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