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16 Blocks (2006)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 3 March 2006 (USA)
An aging alcoholic cop is assigned the task of escorting a witness from police custody to a courthouse 16 blocks away. There are, however, chaotic forces at work that prevent them from making it in one piece.

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Cast

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Eddie Bunker (as Mos Def)
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Diane Mosley
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Capt. Dan Gruber
Cylk Cozart ...
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Jerry Shue
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Touhey
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Kaller
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Ortiz
Hechter Ubarry ...
Maldonado
Richard Fitzpatrick ...
Deputy Commissioner Wagner
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Mike Sheehan
Michael F. Keenan ...
Ray Fitzpatrick (as Mike Keenan)
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Storyline

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... Written by Anonymous

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For a New York cop and his witness, the distance between life and death just got very short. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for violence, intense sequences of action, and some strong language | See all certifications »

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3 March 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sixteen Blocks  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,855,260 (USA) (5 March 2006)

Gross:

$36,883,539 (USA) (21 May 2006)
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2.40 : 1
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Trivia

The film's writer, Richard Wenk, has reported that he originally conceived of the project with himself as writer and director and, before shopping it around to anyone else, first approached Richard Donner because they had a struck up a good relationship when Donner really liked his rewrite of a script for a Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), even though that script was not used. Wenk said that upon hearing his pitch for his new film, Donner "liked it so much that he didn't want me to direct it; he wanted to direct." Wenk tells this story in the documentary about screen writing, Tales from the Script (2009). See more »

Goofs

The slide on Moseley's Glock locks back, indicating an empty gun or a malfunction, after he shoots the assassin who is about to shoot Eddie Bunker. A moment later the slide is forward. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack Mosley: [tape recording] It's Detective Jack Mosley, Shield number 227. I guess this will be my last will and testament. This is for Diane. When this day is over, they're gonna come and talk to you about this and they're gonna... gonna tell you what happened, Diane. But what they tell you is not really what happened here. So I hope that you get this. I was trying to do a good thing.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits save the title "16 BLOCKS". See more »

Connections

References Wedding Crashers (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Besame
Written by Ed McCoyd (Spanish translation by Edwin Perez)
Performed by Mystico
Published by Ed McCoyd Music (SESAC)
Courtesy of Blast Music Management
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excellent suspense
7 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was an excellent surprise. It starts slow, but stay with it. Your first look at Bruce Willis as the burnt-out over the hill cop tells you this will not be the normal shoot-em-up cop drama. The plot starts building almost instantly, unlike many movies where you have to wait through thirty minutes of fluff before the story goes anywhere. The characters in the movie are surprisingly endearing, honest and genuine. They're just normal enough to identify with. Not the standard super evil villain and valiant good guy. Bruce Willis is awesome in his role as the tired underdog struggling with the morality of torn loyalty. Mos Def, whose character's voice was a little aggravating, played an excellent supporting role. The relationship he develops with Willis'character is both surprising and humorous. Overall, the movie was tense from the start and is filled with suspense, humor and a great deal of drama. It takes some unexpected turns and has a great ending. I highly recommend it.


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