15 Minutes (2001)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  9 March 2001 (USA)
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A homicide detective and a fire marshall must stop a pair of murderers who commit videotaped crimes to become media darlings.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Korfin
Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Declan Duffy
Detective Tommy Cullen
Bruce Cutler ...
Rose Hearn
Mugger in Central Park


When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 March 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fifteen Minutes  »

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Box Office


$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,523,154 (USA) (9 March 2001)


ESP 368,305,870 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The character of Eddie Fleming is based on former NYPD Detective Mike Sheehan, the investigating officer in The Preppie Murder (1989), which John Herzfeld also directed. See more »


There are several errors relating to fire-fighting techniques and the real-world behavior of fire itself. See more »


Oleg Razgul: [after filming Slovak shooting Korfin] Perfect! Cut! Print!
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During the credits you see the aftermath of the punch to Robert Hawkins See more »


References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »


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Written by David Gray
Performed by David Gray
Courtesy of Ato Records and 1ht Records
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User Reviews

Not bad at all
6 October 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I've been reading some of the previous comments, and to be frank, I don't see what the big deal is. The main objection here is that this movie actually does take on several themes, and at times the moods will shift altogether, but you never lose your interest in the film- yet how can you- with all the comedy, thrill, and action packed sequences; this sure is a winner in my opinion. It's also a movie where, and I don't see how anyone can deny this, the bad guys steal the show: two men wanting to make movies, who came to America to be rich and famous, perhaps even to leave a legacy. If you've seen the movie, then you know this, so why bother even going into the messages this movie is sending out? There are some serious aspects to it, and then there aren't, which is the same with all movies, but overall, this is an Action/Comedy/Drama (Wow, that sounds weird) which is the shortest title you can give it. I suggest this movie to everyone who is willing to watch an original story that gives you everything you could want in a film, perhaps not too recommended for a very serious crowd... If you can't deal with that, just leave it alone, because going against this movie is just plain pointless and you should get a new hobby. (Seriously....)

This movie ends on a fun note, and has something for everyone. Do yourself a favor and see it :)

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