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

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  5 June 2003 (USA)
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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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Luis Rivera (as Jullian Dulce Vida)
Maria (as Gail Monian)
Cathy (as Jo Nell Kennedy)


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

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




Release Date:

5 June 2003 (USA)  »

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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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Some stock footage of I-278 in New York City is shown for what is supposed to be an LA freeway. 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 Heat (1995) See more »

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Interesting twist on a documentary/action style movie
18 April 2004 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

Plays off as a "day in the life of" at first, which was a pretty good move, I thought. Kind of "Cops"ish, with periodic interjections from the officers involved in the shootout, which does well to give the viewer the mindset of the people. I had a problem with some of the scenes of the two gunmen alone, making comments back and forth, which we don't really know what they were thinking, or saying, since it isn't like they are available anymore to tell us. But, dramatic license and all, it's hardly anything that Fox can't be forgiven for doing. They did an exceptional job with the firefight. You really get a sense of the sheer chaos that was happening then. The freeze frame cuts for commercial breaks were a nice touch as well, giving you a snapshot of the moment, which as I understand, happens in the mind of people in these types of situations sometimes.

The movie was credible, and nicely done. You don't get the full effect by just watching the action in the last hour. The narrations given, and the scenes from the first hour, help set the tone for what started out as an average work day in Los Angeles, but then sank an entire area into a heated war zone before lunchtime had even come around. Wouldn't have been one I'd have paid money to see, but for a made-for-TV-movie, I've seen a whole lot worse, but more importantly, not many better.

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