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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
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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$24,375,436 (USA) (20 April 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »


Nicolette's lipstick disappears after she and Eddie kiss, then reappears later in the same scene. 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

During the credits you see the aftermath of the punch to Robert Hawkins See more »


Referenced in Hollywood Homicide (2003) See more »


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Written by Maxim Reality (as Keith Palmer), Skin and Alan Price
Performed by Maxim Reality (as Maxim) featuring Skin
Courtesy XL Recordings and Virgin Records Ltd.
Contains a sample of "House of the Rising Sun"
Traditional, arranged by Alan Price
Performed by The Animals
Under license from EMI Records Limited
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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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