16 Blocks (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  3 March 2006 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Eddie Bunker (as Mos Def)
Cylk Cozart ...
Hechter Ubarry ...
Richard Fitzpatrick ...
Deputy Commissioner Wagner
Michael F. Keenan ...
Ray Fitzpatrick (as Mike Keenan)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


1 Witness... 118 Minutes... See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 March 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sixteen Blocks  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,855,260 (USA) (3 March 2006)


$13,986 (Chile) (24 November 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


After the hostages are released and Eddie runs back to the bus, Jack opens the front doors to let him back on. Before he touches the door handle, it is pointed all the way towards the back of the bus. With the handle in this position, both the front and rear doors of the bus would be open already. See more »


[first lines]
Jack Mosley: [tape recording] This is Detective Jack Mosley, Shield number 227. I guess this will be my last will and testament. This is for Diane. Now, they're gonna come talk to you and they're gonna tell you things. But what they tell you isn't really what happen. So Diane, I think you should know what really happened. 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 »


References From Russia with Love (1963) See more »


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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fun flick
27 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

saw preview in NYC. Fun action flick. somewhat derivative but some good audience laughter in right spots and applause when appropriate. should have good broad based appeal. didn't fall asleep which, these days, is a good sign. Bruce Willis does weary hero well though its unclear why his character does what he does. Mos Def is funny and engaging but nasal voice is annoying after awhile. Best job is by David Morse who is completely believable as a NYC cop though somewhat unbelievable in terms of what he will go through to do what he feels he must do. Others have drawn parallels to The Gauntlet with Clint Eastwood and there are definite similar themes and scenes but , obviously , more updated and , actually fun.

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