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15 Minutes (2001)

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A homicide detective and a fire marshal must stop a pair of murderers who commit videotaped crimes to become media darlings.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Leon Jackson
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  »


Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,523,154, 11 March 2001, Wide Release

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Edward Burns gained twenty pounds of muscle, to accurately play an Arson Investigator, as they have to have spent at least seven years in the fire service, and would gain muscle mass across their backs, chests, and arms. See more »


When Eddie is talking to Jordy in the burned-down crime scene, his cigar disappears between shots. It is possible that Eddie has taken the cigar out of his mouth off-screen, but it would have had to happen very quickly. See more »


Eddie Flemming: You want a glass of water?
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Crazy Credits

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


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Carmen Queasy
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

Good film about crime and media-- 7/10
16 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

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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