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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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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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Some people will kill for their...15 MINUTES. Now, two of New York's finest must stop the madness. See more »


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

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9 March 2001 (USA)  »

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Fifteen Minutes  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£499,209 (UK) (23 March 2001)

Gross:

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

To prepare him for filming, director John Herzfeld told Oleg Taktarov to watch On the Waterfront (1954), Spartacus (1960), East of Eden (1955), The Third Man (1949) and Moby Dick (1956). See more »

Goofs

When Nicollette interviews Eddie, he says "...whether it's evidence is yet to be determined", but in a news video playback of the same scene later on he says, "...whether it's evidence or not, we're not sure. We'll determine that later". See more »

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Immigration Supervisor: Are you related?
Oleg Razgul: Yes.
Immigration Supervisor: How?
Oleg Razgul: I'm his friend.
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Referenced in God Lives Underwater: Fame (2001) See more »

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La Guitaristic House Organisation
Written by Jean-Philippe Freu, Patrice Carrie and Jean-Louis Palumbo
Performed by Rinôçérôse
Courtesy of V2 Records
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Surprisingly good
3 June 2003 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Considering the critical drubbing this movie received, not to mention the fact that it's by the writer/director of Two Days in the Valley, I expected it to be pretty terrible. Surprisingly it turned out to be an exciting and occasionally quite funny thriller about two media obsessed thugs from the former Soviet Union who decide to become celebrities by committing a series of murders and videotaping the crimes. The movie is definitely not without serious flaws: for instance, nobody ever points out that it's almost impossible to mount a successful insanity defense in the US legal system. In a land where Jeffrey Dahmer and New York's highly delusional subway shooter are certified as sane these guys wouldn't have a shot in hell of making their case, and an insanity defence is the linchpin of their whole plan to profit from their crimes. Movie also ignores the fact that laws have been on the books to prevent criminals from profiting from their crimes by selling their stories since the 1960's. Also, given the legal and ethical ramifications involved it's hard to imagine any credible scenario under which a news program, even a sleazy tabloid news program, would pay a million dollars cash to an at large murderer for a videotape of one of his crimes and then broadcast the thing live on television. Obvious flaws aside, 15 Minutes has several shockingly well-staged action sequences, great acting (except for the guy who played Ed Burns' boss--his grating one note performance went way over the self-parody line) and occasional welcome touches of black humor, like the very funny death scene of the thug who fancied himself a film director and manufactures the final shot of his movie for maximum emotional impact. All in all 15 Minutes is a dark and funny thriller and certainly a lot better than most of the schlock Hollywood churns out.


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