A police sergeant must rally the cops and prisoners together to protect themselves on New Year's Eve, just as corrupt policeman surround the station with the intent of killing all to keep their deception in the ranks.
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
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While the film was delayed, J. Peter Robinson was brought on to provide a new beefed up original score for the film as the studio was not happy with what 'Anthony Marinelli' had done musically for the film at that point. Marinelli had written about seventy minutes of music for the film. Robinson composed approximately thirty minutes of new material and retained about half of Marinelli's contribution which is why they share composing credit in the final credits for the film. See more »
There are several errors relating to fire-fighting techniques and the real-world behavior of fire itself. See more »
[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!
You can't kill me. You're not a cop. Your just a Fireman with a gun.
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During the credits you see the aftermath of the punch to Robert Hawkins See more »
Robert De Niro does great in this movie. Like we haven't heard that before. You can tell he tries to let Edward Burns have his time, but he is such a charismatic screen presence, people would probably pay to watch him sit in a chair for two hours. The movie around him is also good, touching on the interesting topic of the media's effect on violent crimes. Edward Burns does a good job, but i think the real stars here (except for De Niro, of course) are the two East European criminals who come to America searching for fame and fortune, played by Karel Roden and Oleg Taktarov. They are funny and terrifying all at the same time. Oleg's character seems like a friendly guy, but he is actually a violent pervert. And Karel's character is just plain nuts. I recommend this movie for the great performances and it's thought provoking premise. 7/10
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