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44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out (2003)

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After a failed bank robbery, two heavily armed men hold the Los Angeles Police Department at bay for 44 minutes.



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On 28 February 1997, two men heavily armed with AK-47 try to heist the Bank of America of North Hollywood, but their plan fails and they are kept under siege by the LAPD. Along forty-four minutes, Los Angeles witnesses live on television one of the greatest shoot-out of the American history. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The most intense shoot-out in LAPD history See more »


Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and bloody images | See all certifications »




Release Date:

5 June 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shootout  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Some statistics:
  • Number of location shooting days: 24

  • Number of cameras used: 8

  • Number of extras used: 900

  • Number of real LAPD Officers used as extras: 35

  • Number of rounds of blank ammunition fired: 40,000

  • Number of bullet hole squibs used: 5,000

  • Number of blood squibs used: 100-150

  • Amount of theatrical blood used: 10 gallons

  • Number of police cars destroyed: 30

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When suspect one shoots himself in the head and is shown falling to the ground, his Beretta lands at least a meter away from him. After the next cut, the gun is loosely in his hand again. See more »


[first lines]
Frank McGregor: Ninety percent of cops go through their whole career without ever firing their gun. That day, that was roughly 1500 rounds fired. We were armed with pistols. These guys were slinging automatic machine guns. An AK-47 machine gun is a weapon that was designed for war. A high-velocity round invented to penetrate armor and kill their target. You use them in a bank job, and you've done something no one in America had ever done before. Danger's all around us. In the streets. In the car. ...
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References L.A. Confidential (1997) See more »

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Solid cable movie
22 April 2004 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

I watched this on cable the other night and was very pleasantly surprised. It's well done, with solid acting from old pros Madsen and Van Peebles and very tight directing. The documentary style works well, and unlike most cops vs. robbers movies it shows the motivation and thoughts of the bad guys without glorifying them. It's obviously a bit of a PR piece for the LAPD, but it also makes some really good points about the availability of assault weapons and the failings of the justice and political system in keeping crooks from getting them. The locations used in the movie were the actual locations where the shootout took place, and this added immeasurably to the realism of the story. This film is a real cut above most cable fare and is really worth watching.

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