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Writers (WGA):
David Benioff (novel)
David Benioff (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 January 2003 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
This life was so close to never happening See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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One of Spike's best See more (443 total) »

Cast

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Edward Norton ... Monty Brogan

Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Jacob Elinsky

Barry Pepper ... Frank Slaughtery

Rosario Dawson ... Naturelle Riviera

Anna Paquin ... Mary D'Annunzio

Brian Cox ... James Brogan
Tony Siragusa ... Kostya Novotny
Levan Uchaneyshvili ... Uncle Nikolai (as Levani)

Tony Devon ... Agent Allen
Misha Kuznetsov ... Senka Valghobek

Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Agent Flood
Michael Genet ... Agent Cunningham

Patrice O'Neal ... Khari
Al Palagonia ... Salvatore Dominick

Aaron Stanford ... Marcuse

Marc H. Simon ... Schultz

Armando Riesco ... Phelan
Brad Williams ... Trader #1
Rodney 'Bear' Jackson ... Trader #2 (as Bear Jackson)

Keith Nobbs ... Luke
Felicia Finley ... Jody
Radu Spinghel ... Zakharov

Dania Ramirez ... Daphne (as Dania)
Oleg Aleksandrovich Prudius ... Russian Hood #1
Igor Zhivotovsky ... Russian Hood #2
Paul Diomede ... Simon
Cynthia Darlow ... Ruth

Michole Briana White ... Coventry Administrator

Vanessa Ferlito ... Lindsay Jamison

Coati Mundi ... Louis Volandes

Larissa Drekonja ... Dasha
Christine Pepe ... Female Jogger
Lawrence Bullock ... Chelsea Man #1
Patrick Illig ... Chelsea Man #2
Maja Niles ... Woman on Park Avenue

Daniel Reton ... Wall Street Guy #1 (as Daniel R. Reton)
Ed Rubeo ... Hasidic Jeweler
Peter James Kelsch ... Panhandler
A.J. McCoy ... Squeegee Man
R.L. Brazil ... Bouncer
Howard Crowns ... Tattoo Parlor Worker
DJ Cipha Sounds ... DJ Dusk
Jamil Mullen ... Lady with Baby
Louis Modafferi ... Brogan's Bar Patron
Alan Taraseiwicz ... Brogan's Bar Patron
Nicholas Rossomodo ... Brogan's Bar Patron
Jeffrey Palazzo ... Brogan's Bar Patron
Douglas Miller ... Brogan's Bar Patron
Mike Fiore ... Brogan's Bar Patron
Andre Fletcher ... Brogan's Bar Patron
Carl Bini ... Brogan's Bar Patron
Joseph Mascall ... Brogan's Bar Patron
John Bergen ... Brogan's Bar Patron
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mark Alan ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Keith Bright ... Bar Patron / Truck Driver (uncredited)
Gabe Castillo ... Dancer (uncredited)

Sal Cecere ... Trader #3 (uncredited)

Tonya Cornelisse ... Prep Student (uncredited)

Vinny DeGennaro ... Fireman (uncredited)
Korey Duke ... Club Person (uncredited)

Alexander Emmert ... Russian Gangster (uncredited)

Christopher Peter Federico ... Basketball player (uncredited)
Guy A. Fortt ... Bouncer (uncredited)
Brent Gorcie ... Bartender 1 (uncredited)

Jason Horton ... Co-Worker (uncredited)
Vivian Kalinov ... Woman at Gracie Mansion Park (uncredited)

Frank Matthews ... Bar Customer (uncredited)

Karen Nazarov ... Prep Student (uncredited)

King Orba ... Bartender (uncredited)

Greg Orvis ... Stock Broker (uncredited)
Jason Pierce ... Head Stockbroker (uncredited)
Rumaisa Rahman ... Dancer (uncredited)

Arloa Reston ... Prep Student (uncredited)

Stacy Lynn Spierer ... Club Dancer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Spike Lee 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
David Benioff (novel)

David Benioff (screenplay)

Produced by
Julia Chasman .... producer
Jon Kilik .... producer
Spike Lee .... producer
Tobey Maguire .... producer
Jeff Sommerville .... associate producer
Nick Wechsler .... executive producer
Edward Norton .... co-producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Terence Blanchard 
 
Cinematography by
Rodrigo Prieto (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Barry Alexander Brown 
 
Casting by
Aisha Coley 
 
Production Design by
James Chinlund 
 
Art Direction by
Nicholas Lundy 
 
Set Decoration by
Ondine Karady 
 
Costume Design by
Sandra Hernandez 
 
Makeup Department
Fríða Aradóttir .... hair stylist: Edward Norton (as Frida Aradóttir)
Mary Cooke .... key hair stylist (as Mary Cook)
Matthew W. Mungle .... makeup artist: special old age makeup
Julie Pearce .... makeup artist: Edward Norton
Cassandra Saulter .... key makeup artist
Ellie Winslow .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Colin Cumberbatch .... post-production supervisor
Jon Kilik .... unit production manager
Paul Leonardo Jr. .... post-production supervisor
David Pomier .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Ellis .... first assistant director
Tracey Hinds .... second assistant director
Paul Hogan .... second second assistant director
Jeanine Hunter .... assistant director intern
Michael A. Pinckney .... second second assistant director (as Michael 'Boogie' Pinckney)
 
Art Department
Amy Bell .... assistant property master: Texas
Roland Brooks .... charge scenic artist
Garf Brown .... scenic artist
Ben Conable .... graphic designer
April Crump .... set dresser
James Donahue .... scenic artist
John Frick .... art director: Texas
Alison Froling .... assistant set decorator
Gerard J. Furey .... shop craftsman
Emily Gaunt .... scenic
Barbara Haberecht .... set decorator: Texas
Chris M. Jackson .... art department coordinator: Texas
Dan Kuchar .... assistant art director
Henry B. Lee .... art department assistant (as Henry Lee)
Victor Littlejohn .... on-set dresser
Jean-Paul Morselli .... art department assistant
Tim Oravetz .... property master
King Orba .... property master (as Mark Wallace)
John Parker .... on-set dresser
John Ralbovsky .... scenic foreman
Jeffrey Rollins .... on-set dresser
Carly Sorscher .... art department assistant
Sylvia Trapanese .... scenic artist
Alexander Wei .... art department coordinator
Robert K. Weinberger .... construction coordinator
Michael E. Wilks .... lead man (as Michael Wilks)
Jeffery D. Woodrel .... set dresser
Jeri Woodward .... scenic foreman
Randal Woodward .... lead scenic
Cher Young .... painter
Peter Regnier .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Michael Barry .... sound re-recording mixer
Leslie Bloom .... foley artist
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer
Stuart Deutsch .... boom operator
Jesse Ehredt .... sound editor
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Sean Garnhart .... sound effects editor
Sean Garnhart .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Hoff .... playback operator
Frank Kern .... supervising foley editor
George A. Lara .... foley recordist
Lawrence Loewinger .... playback operator
Cate Montana .... assistant sound editor
Igor Nikolic .... first assistant sound editor
Rolf Pardula .... sound mixer
Alex Raspa .... adr recordist
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Philip Stockton .... supervising sound editor
David Warzynski .... foley artist
Karl Wasserman .... sound utility
Matthew Haasch .... foley predub (uncredited)
Larry Wineland .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jesse Moorefield .... special effects assistant: Texas
Steve Wolf .... special effects coordinator: Texas
Louie Zakarian .... tattoo designer
 
Visual Effects by
J. John Corbett .... visual effects
Daniel Rubin .... digital compositor: Big Film Design
Hilda Saffari .... digital intermediate assistant producer
John R. Ellis .... digital cleanup artist (uncredited)
Manuel Rey Gonzalez .... digital effects compositor (uncredited)
Thomas Mathai .... digital cleanup artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jeff Ward .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ilya Akiyoshi .... camera production assistant
Godofredo Astudillo .... camera intern
Alison Barton .... rigging grip
Robby Baumgartner .... gaffer (as Robert Baumgartner)
Bob Becchio .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Braden Belmonte .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
Kelly Britt .... lighting console operator
Lamont Crawford .... key grip
Chris Drechsler .... electrician
Kris Enos .... key second assistant camera
Samuel G. Friedman .... rigging electrician
Charlie Grubbs .... best boy electric
Willow Jenkins .... video assist operator
Ellen Kuras .... director of photography: second unit
Rafael Latorre .... electrician
David Lee .... still photographer
Eric Lin .... camera intern
James Marks .... remote camera technician
Rick Marroquin .... dolly grip
Mark McDevitt .... clapper loader
Heather Norton .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John Panuccio .... key rigging grip
Lowell Schulman .... rigging electric best boy
Tom Shinn .... electrician
Peter Simonite .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, El Paso/Austin
John Trapman .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Lee Vickery .... additional assistant camera
Peter Walts .... rigging gaffer
Joe 'Jody' Williams .... camera operator: "a" camera
Alfonso Zarate .... camera intern
Malcolm A. Purnell .... b-camera second assistant (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Wayne Marc Godfrey .... extras casting
Matthew Lessall .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Alison Marek .... casting assistant
Ali Merhi .... extras casting assistant
Tuffy Questell .... extras casting
Winsome Sinclair .... extras casting
Ra-Ra Taylor .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joanna Brett .... wardrobe supervisor
Sandi Figueroa .... costumer: Edward Norton
Rhonney Greene .... costume intern
Carmia Marshall .... additional set costumer
Michelle Martini .... assistant costume designer
Sukari McGill .... co-costume supervisor
Yleana Nunez .... costume intern
 
Editorial Department
Terra Bliss-Alvarez .... digital intermediate producer
Steve Bowen .... digital colorist
Janelle Connor .... post-production assistant
Rafael Del Toro .... intern assistant editor
David Dresher .... post-production executive
Ben Estrada .... digital colorist assistant
Ulysses Guidotti .... apprentice editor
K.A. Miille .... first assistant editor (as K.A. Chisholm)
Noëlle Penraat .... negative cutter
Samuel D. Pollard .... additional editor
Jeff Smithwick .... film timer
Greg Speed .... assistant film editor
Amy Tompkins .... digital intermediate editor
Alexandra Torterotot .... editorial intern
 
Music Department
Todd Bozung .... music editor
Peter Davies .... musician
Howard Drossin .... orchestrator
Geoff Foster .... score recordist
Robert Garcia .... music consultant
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Steve Juliani .... music preparation
Alison LaCourse .... additional music editor
 
Transportation Department
David Beard .... driver
Sam Craytor .... driver: set dressing truck: TX Unit
George Grenier .... driver
Willow Jenkins .... driver: Spike Lee
Eugene O'Neill .... transportation captain
Steven Willhoite .... driver: actor
 
Other crew
Thomas Ahlers .... office assistant
Alexis Arnold .... production coordinator: Texas
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
William Barclay .... assistant: Nick Wechsler
Jana Camacho .... production assistant
Brian Cantaldi .... second assistant accountant
Shari L. Carpenter .... script supervisor
Kathryn Castellanos .... production assistant
Mia Cevallos .... liaison: Chapman
Betty Chin .... production coordinator
Logan Cooper .... assistant locations manager: Texas
Jan Cosby .... first assistant accountant
Tainesa Davis .... production assistant
Ana de Souza Dantas .... office production assistant
Joan Devilla .... payroll accountant
Drew Dillard .... location manager: Texas unit
Rebecca Edelson .... script clearance administrator
Stefan Morris Hogan .... production assistant
Marshall Hopkins .... production assistant
Charlynne J. Hopson .... location scout
Willow Jenkins .... assistant: Spike Lee
Cathy Kanavy .... assistant location manager
Laura King .... key set medic
Robyn L. Kreger .... assistant: Edward Norton
Cinqué Lee .... video archivist
Dan Mackler .... consultant: Russia
LeRoy McCarthy .... location assistant
Jonna McLaughlin .... office intern
David McLinn .... assistant: Nick Wechsler
Alex Nikolic .... media producer: Yugoslavia, Macedonia
George Norfleet .... location manager
Rafael Osorio .... background production assistant
Stephanie Pecuch .... assistant production coordinator: Texas
Jason Perez .... production assistant
Jimmie Pinckney .... production assistant
Jennifer Quesenbery .... location assistant
Angela Quiles .... production coordinator
Guillaume Renberg .... remote head technician
Michael K. Reynolds .... chef
Emily Rosdeitcher .... production office intern
Evelyn Santana .... publicist
Christopher Scull .... production assistant: Texas
Jodi Shapera .... post-production accountant
Gary Vander Meer .... location coordinator
Karen Wacker .... production secretary: Texas
Elizabeth Wade .... production secretary
Betty Weaver .... craft service
Andy Wheeler .... production accountant
Joseph White .... assistant location manager
Nils Widboom .... location scout
Jaime Wilson .... assistant production coordinator
Annie Young Frisbie .... product placement coordinator (as Annie Young)
Renetta G. Amador .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Vondecarlo Brown .... additional voice talent (uncredited)
Joanna Lu .... adr artist: Mandarin (uncredited)
K. Todd Lytle .... stand-in: Monty (uncredited)
Coati Mundi .... adr voice (uncredited)
Jannett Roberts .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jon Maichel Thomas .... title compositor (uncredited)
Emily Ziff .... assistant: Philip Seymour Hoffman (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Bandar Albuliwi .... special thanks
Bruce Springsteen .... special thanks (as Bruce 'Da Boss' Springsteen)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong language and some violence
Runtime:
135 min | Turkey:108 min (TV version)
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Trivia:
Director Trademark: [Spike Lee] [basketball]Both Monty and Naturelle played high school basketball; another scene depicts a playground game. Also, Frank is reminded by his boss that they have courtside seats for an upcoming game.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Monty expresses his disgust against Pakistan originated immigrants, the magazine cover placed on taxi cab's cabinet beside a Pakistani flag wasn't a Pakistani one, rather it was a Bangladeshi tabloid with Bengali font and their actors in it.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)See more »

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76 out of 102 people found the following review useful.
One of Spike's best, 26 May 2003
Author: mattymatt4ever from Jersey City, NJ

This is definitely Spike Lee at the top of his game! `25th Hour' is a purely character-driven drama filled with engaging, complex characters and sharp dialogue. I like how Spike allowed the scenes to play out, without being too concerned about dampening the pacing. I'm sure some will complain (and this probably explains why it wasn't a big success) that the film is boring and slow-moving. If they do, that's probably because audiences are so used to watching movies with a million cuts in one scene, and more time emphasized on action and sex scenes than character development. The characters were so well-developed that I felt a deep connection with each of them. It's rare nowadays that I really get sucked into a film, and this was one of those rare cases. It might also have to do with the fact that I'm familiar with many of these types of characters in real life. You have the Barry Pepper character, who's this smooth-talking playboy who ends sleeping with a ton of women, despite the fact that he's harsh and not very likable. And there's the Philip Seymour Hoffman character, who's a lonely, average-looking guy, who's alienated from society because he doesn't look like an Adonis. It's a harsh reality that handsome guys with nice bodies get away with being complete jerks and still maintain an active dating life, while average-looking guys can have great personalities and women will be repulsed by them, but it is indeed a reality. Sure, it isn't right for Hoffman to be lusting after one of his underage students, but I'm sure if he were ten times better looking, people wouldn't be as disgusted-because God knows that teachers sleeping with their students is sweeping the globe like an epidemic.

The approach to these character interaction scenes is almost documentary-like, which adds to the film's engaging qualities. I love the scene between Pepper and Hoffman, where they chat about dating and Pepper describes his buddy as being part of the 62nd percentile, in the dating world. Sometimes it doesn't work when you deviate from the main characters to focus on the supporting characters, but in this film it did, being that they're very essential in Monty's life and it's helpful to allow the audience to know them inside and out.

The acting is terrific. Edward Norton is always brilliant. But the supporting cast is just as strong. Barry Pepper is a wonderful actor as well, and it's interesting to find out that he's from Vancouver, yet he convincingly inhabits the character of a true New Yorker. Brian Cox is only in the film for about 20 or 30 minutes, but his appearances are very memorable, and he is absolutely magnificent. After seeing him in this movie, I must add him to my list of favorite underrated actors. It's ironic that he shows up in practically every other film, yet he never gets the recognition he deserves. Hopefully, one day he will. Even Tony Siragusa impressed me. I'm not hugely familiar with him, but I saw him make a guest appearance once on `The Tonight Show,' and he seems like a cool guy with a good sense of humor, but I wasn't sure how he'd pan out in a serious dramatic role. Well, he is great, and pulls off the Ukrainian accent with hardly a hitch. I also liked how his character would mess up on his English every once in a while, instead of these foreign characters in movies who speak perfect English, only with an accent. I'm always proud to see Philip Seymour Hoffman, who never fails to impress. One reason I'm so drawn to him is because-like me-he's an average-looking guy, yet he receives decent roles and doesn't get typed as the `fat slob' like most actors in his weight range. So I think of him as an inspiration to all overweight aspiring actors. I once read a review for `Magnolia' in which someone bashed him for being so ugly. Of course, this person didn't mention anything about his acting, but that just proves how superficial of a society we live in today. Many audiences are so used to seeing actors and actresses with near-perfect faces and near-perfect bodies that they can't stand to see actors who look like `normal people.' How often do you walk outside and see people who look like Tom Cruise and Gwyneth Paltrow? Even these so-called reality shows try to include the most beautiful people possible. So people get hypnotized into thinking that's reality. I'm a heterosexual man, so naturally I'm open about enjoying the sights of beautiful actresses, but that's not going to impact how I feel about their acting abilities. And the sight of beautiful women alone surely doesn't make a film good (i.e.: `Charlie Angels'). Speaking of beautiful women, wrapping up this talented cast are Anna Paiquin and Rosario Dawson. Paiquin is cute and effective in her role, though technically it's similar to the ones she played in `HurlyBurly' and `It's the Rage.' I just hope she doesn't get typecast as the teenage slut who loves sleeping with older men. But she's a fine actress, and despite these similarities, she takes different approaches to each of her characters. Rosario Dawson just gets hotter and hotter by the movie. When I saw that trailer shot where she's dancing in the club in that silver dress, I couldn't help but think to myself, `I'd give my left leg to marry that girl.' Well, I'm glad to see that she receives good roles that compliment her acting abilities. She really has a commanding screen presence, outside of her outstanding beauty.

I only have two minor criticisms about the film. One is the unnecessary `F.U. sequence' where Norton goes on a blue streak about his hatred for the people of NYC and the world in general. I'm sure many will find deep meaning in that sequence, but I felt it was out of place and simply an opportunity to remind people that this is a Spike Lee joint-since it's identical to the race-bashing montage in `Do the Right Thing.' Spike mentioned in the commentary that the scene was in the screenplay, and adapted from the original novel, but I'm sure he thought of it as a perfect opportunity to insert one of his directorial trademarks. My other criticism is the use of flashbacks. Nowadays, some directors feel that dissolving into flashbacks and showing subtitles that read things like `Three years earlier' is passe, but the audience needs some sort of clue that we're going back in time. In the scene where Dawson and her friend are in the playground, and Norton first meets her, is obviously a flashback since Dawson is wearing a Catholic private school uniform. But there are other scenes that I didn't realize were flashbacks until I watched the movie with Spike's commentary. But even without knowing those scenes were flashbacks, I didn't feel thrown off, so that's always a good sign.

Besides the `F.U. sequence,' there were other Spike trademarks, which I felt worked out well, like his famous dolly shot. The movie is long, but not overlong. As I said, this is Spike at the top of his game. I'm personally a fan of most of his work, even the awfully bashed `Summer of Sam.' Other fans should also be impressed. Hell, even if you're not a Spike Lee fan, you should appreciate this film! It's a smartly written, well-acted, character-driven drama that doesn't come along too often.

My score: 9 (out of 10)

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