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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


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

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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?


Several of the phones used by characters in the movie were the Nextel Motorola i670. See more »


When Jack first saves Eddie from the assassins (after buying his alcohol at the store), the slide on his pistol is in the empty position, indicating that he had a round in the chamber, but none in the clip. In the next scene, the slide is in the normal position. 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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There are no opening credits save the title "16 BLOCKS". See more »


References The Gauntlet (1977) See more »


Good Flower Round Moon
Performed by Bich Phuong Luong
Published by Zhiming Han and Bich Phuong Luong
Courtesy of Eastwest Entertainment
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Oustanding Performances by Bruce Willis and Mos Def
28 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of Bruce Willis' finest films yet. He plays a tired old cop who is handed the menial task of driving Mos Def, a criminal, who has to testify in court. Little does he know, he winds up running into very much trouble. Although one might think that this movie cannot be suspenseful because it takes place within the radius of 16 blocks, many twists and turns occur which make it very interesting.

Mos Def also delivers an outstanding performance through the use of his accent and his hilarious anecdotes throughout the movie. He adds a lot of depth to his character and to the movie as a whole. Thus, the audience is able to sympathize with him. Overall, this movie was excellent and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great fast paced thriller.

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