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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The killings won't stop until you stop watching. See more »

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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ed Burns plays the role of an arson detective which his co-star Robert De Niro played ten years earlier in the film "Backdraft". See more »


There is a bridge to Rikers Island called Rikers Bridge that is how prisoners or anyone gets to Rikers Island they do not take a boat, as we see it happen towards the end of the movie. See more »


Emil Slovak: [Slovak is washing his wound in the sink while Razgul films, then he cuts the lights] What are you doing?
Oleg Razgul: I'm cutting the lights to make it more dramatic, just like the movie "Silence of the Sheeps".
Emil Slovak: Shut up!
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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 »


Features The Roseanne Show (1997) See more »


Written by Baldur Stefansson, Daniel Agust Haraldsson (as Daniel Haraldsson), Birgir Thorarinsson (as Birgir Thoraninsson),
Magnus Jonsson, Magnus Gudmundsson (as Magnus Gudmundson), Hafdís Þrastardóttir Huld (as Hafdis Thrastardottir),
, Stefan Thorgeirsson, Sigurður Kjartansson (as Sigurdur Kjartansson), Stephan Stephenson
Performed by Gus Gus
Courtesy of 4AD
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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