When young slacker Cliff Spab (Stephen Dorff) becomes one of several hostages in a convenience store held by publicity-seeking extremists, he endures being a prisoner for weeks. Eventually, Cliff grows indifferent to his survival, and his defiance is captured on camera, striking a chord with TV viewers. After the hostage crisis ends violently, Cliff bonds with fellow survivor Wendy Pfister (Reese Witherspoon). As they begin a relationship, both struggle with their newfound celebrity status.
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