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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
Scenes on the residential streets where the robbers tried escaping from the bank were filmed on the actual locations behind the real bank. See more »
Off duty cop played by Madsen, is being bothered by a large, noisy party next door. With no cooperation from them, he heads over with bolt cutters, and cuts through the electrical conduit supplying the house. Without electricity, the house and party go quiet. In reality, this would be incredibly dangerous, not just from electrocution, but from arc flash. In addition, the jaws of bolt cutters cannot open anywhere near wide enough to cut conduit, especially of that size. See more »
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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This film hit home in all ways. From the faithful Henry Jones, to the testament of true police nature by Madsen and Livingston, "44 Minutes" presented us with a display of the true meaning of the duty of the American Police Officer. This film brings out the definition of the real-life hero, the real-life villain, and the real-life story that binds them. The actors are true to their characters, and can undoubtedly bring great honor and respect to the real men and women who experienced the crisis. As for the villains, well, they deserve the shame they get from the people who see this film, because, in my belief, Taktarov and Bryniarski portrayed the true criminals accurately down to the finest detail. Even though I feel that the respects to the true men and women shown in the end were no less than morally mandatory, I am duly impressed by the fact that such respect was shown in full, and it is exactly what the true people deserve. This film deserves an 11, but since it can't get one, a 10 will do it justice.
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