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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Did You Know?


The tension between Emil and Oleg is based on the real tension between some Czechs and Russians. Many Czechs hate the Russian language as they were forced to learn Russian under Soviet occupation. Karel Roden refused to speak Russian to Oleg Taktarov during rehearsals. See more »


The blood disappears from Eddie's lapel after he has been struck on the face. See more »


Jordy Warsaw: [pointing his gun at Emil] You want to be a real American? You want to be a tough guy? Here's Eddie's gun. Shoot me! Shoot me!
Emil Slovak: [laughs] You can't kill me. You're not a cop. Your just a Fireman with a gun.
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Crazy Credits

A film by Oleg Rasgul is superimposed over the final clip of footage from Oleg's camera near the end. See more »


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


1% (The Long Way Down)
Written by D. Reilly and J. Turzo
Performed by God Lives Underwater
Courtesy of 1500 Records
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User Reviews

Unfair Billings And An Underpublized Film
9 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This a rough, edgy film but the interesting characters make it entertaining for the full two hours. For some reason, I don't believe this film got a lot of publicity.

Karol Roder doesn't get any billing but he's as much a star in this movie as big-names Robert Redford and Edward Burns. Another actor who also has a key role, Oleg Taktarov, has no billing! Wow, they really hosed the Eastern European actors in here.

The film is partially another indictment against the tabloid press. Playing the villain in that regard is good 'ole "Frasier" from TV: Kelsey Grammar. He plays a foul-mouthed tabloid television sleazoid "Robert Hawkins.

Sometimes this got a bit too edgy for me, nor did I appreciate Burns' verbal blasphemy, but I also enjoyed some of the black humor in here. Overall, it's not a film that, frankly, was that memorable yet I would watch it again.

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