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25th Hour (2002)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  10 January 2003 (USA)
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Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Siragusa ...
Levan Uchaneyshvili ...
Uncle Nikolai (as Levani)
Agent Allen
Senka Valghobek
Michael Genet ...
Agent Cunningham
Al Palagonia ...
Salvatore Dominick


The 25th Hour depicts the last day of freedom for a young man before he begins serving a seven-year jail term for drug dealing. Prowling through the city until dawn with his two close male friends and his girlfriend, he is forced to re-examine his life and how he got himself into his predicament, which leads to a shocking, disturbing finale. Written by Justin Harris <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This life was so close to never happening See more »


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The 25th Hour  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$108,865 (USA) (20 December 2002)


$32,399 (Brazil) (23 May 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Alicia Keys was considered for the role of Naturelle. See more »


When "uncle Nikolai" points a gun at Monty saying that "it never jams"- it actually jams. When he cocks it you can see that the slide is open and when he turns it you can see that there is a round sitting sideways in ejector. His scene partner looks at it, his attention drawn to the gun. See more »


[first lines]
Monty Brogan: Look at this. He's alive.
Kostya Novotny: This dog, how you call it? Bull pit?
Monty Brogan: No, Pit-Bull. But that's not a pit bull. I don't know, I don't know what he is. I bet he lost somebody some money though. Give me your gun.
Kostya Novotny: Shooting him?
Monty Brogan: Yeah.
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Special Thanks ... Bruce "Da Boss" Springsteen See more »


Referenced in She Hate Me (2004) See more »


Put the Music Where Your Mouth Is
Written by Pete Wingfield and Joe Jammen
Performed by Olympic Runners
Courtesy of Polydor Records Ltd. U.K.
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Masterpiece of human emotion
8 November 2004 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

'I tattooed 'survive' on my hand the night before I went away to prison. And I did. We do what we have to do to survive.'

I don't think I can remember a film that has put me more on an emotive level with the main character as this film has. Edward Norton plays Monty Brogan – he's not the nicest of people by anyone's standards – and certainly no one you should feel sorry for. But having said that, I have never felt so sorry for the bad guy as I did watching this film. We watch the anguish of Monty during his last 24 hours on the 'outside' before he must go to prison for seven years, knowing completely what is in store for him on the 'inside'.

Set in post 9/11 New York City, we are constantly reminded of humanity and the need to bond together and to make the most of the little time we have; as do Monty's friends, including Jacob Elinsky (Hoffman), a confused and self-tortured school teacher who has strong feelings for one of the students in his class, Mary (Paquin – of X-Men and The Piano fame). Although not about to die, Monty's world is about to turn severely bad, and there's nothing he can do about it. Norton's performance made me feel nervous and quite scared on his behalf, almost to the point of feeling nauseous. It made me want to forgive him, forget about his crimes and let him go (he seemed sorry for what he did – he was no longer a drug dealer – he was trying to make an effort). His performance worked. He had successfully transformed the criminal figure into your best mate and buddy, perhaps even yourself, and you genuinely feel sorry for him.

Director Spike Lee's films usually deal with African-American themes, so it came as a surprise to me to find that this film was something very different – proving that Lee's talent extends across multiple genres and styles.

I highly recommend 25th Hour, not just for the brilliant story, but for the emphatic feelings the film imparts on the viewer.

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