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15 Minutes (2001)

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A homicide detective and a fire marshal must stop a pair of murderers who commit videotaped crimes to become media darlings.

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John Herzfeld

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John Herzfeld
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Detective Eddie Flemming
Edward Burns ... Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw
Kelsey Grammer ... Robert Hawkins
Avery Brooks ... Detective Leon Jackson
Melina Kanakaredes ... Nicolette Karas
Karel Roden ... Emil Slovak
Oleg Taktarov ... Oleg Razgul
Vera Farmiga ... Daphne Handlova
John DiResta ... Bobby Korfin
James Handy ... Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Declan Duffy
Darius McCrary ... Detective Tommy Cullen
Bruce Cutler Bruce Cutler ... Himself
Charlize Theron ... Rose Hearn
Kim Cattrall ... Cassandra
David Alan Grier ... Mugger in Central Park
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Storyline

When Eastern European criminals Oleg and Emil come to New York City to pick up their share of a heist score, Oleg steals a video camera and starts filming their activities, both legal and illegal. When they learn how the American media circus can make a remorseless killer look like the victim and make them rich, they target media-savvy NYPD Homicide Detective Eddie Flemming and media-naive FDNY Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw, the cops investigating their murder and torching of their former criminal partner, filming everything to sell to the local tabloid TV show "Top Story." Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | Czech | Russian | Greek | Afrikaans

Release Date:

9 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fifteen Minutes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,523,154, 11 March 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,403,552

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,359,980
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Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There are a lot of location inconsistencies throughout the film. Like the scene involving the apprehension of the Jamaican killer that Robert De Niro and Avery Brooks are going after early in the film, was clearly Los Angeles, and most of the scenes in Times Square, were shot in New York City, for example. Most of the interiors were shot on soundstages and New York City and Los Angeles locations. See more »

Goofs

There are several errors relating to fire-fighting techniques and the real-world behavior of fire itself. See more »

Quotes

Emil Slovak: [Slovak is washing his wound in the sink while Razgul films, then he cuts the lights] What are you doing?
Oleg Razgul: I'm cutting the lights to make it more dramatic, just like the movie "Silence of the Sheeps".
Emil Slovak: Shut up!
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Crazy Credits

A film by Oleg Rasgul is superimposed over the final clip of footage from Oleg's camera near the end. See more »

Alternate Versions

InfiniFilm DVD includes deleted scenes with commentary: Emil forces Oleg to carry their baggage to the apartment; Jordy is visited by an annoying arsonist at his office; Emil helps a blind woman cross the street; extended, uncut scene outside the apartment fire set up for Jordy where the annoying arsonist returns; Jordy chases half-naked Oleg from a hotel across Times Square into a movie theater showing 2 Days in the Valley (1996) and mistakes on-screen gunfire for actual gunfire; extended scene of Emil in prison, explaining why he helped the blind woman. See more »

Connections

References Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) See more »

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Gun
Written by Baldur Stefansson, Daniel Agust Haraldsson (as Daniel Haraldsson), Birgir Thorarinsson (as Birgir Thoraninsson),
Magnus Jonsson, Magnus Gudmundsson (as Magnus Gudmundson), Hafdís Þrastardóttir Huld (as Hafdis Thrastardottir),
, Stefan Thorgeirsson, Sigurður Kjartansson (as Sigurdur Kjartansson), Stephan Stephenson
Performed by Gus Gus
Courtesy of 4AD
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Makes you think
5 February 2005 | by segacsSee all my reviews

This movie took a severe beating in the press and most reviews, so I wasn't expecting much when I went to see it. However, I was pleasantly surprised, and reassured that my distrust of what the newspaper reviewers think is not misplaced.

This movie has a cast that includes the supremely talented Robert de Niro, Kelsey Grammar, and Edward Burns. It has some excellent writing and some top-notch acting performances. But its real accomplishment is how it makes you think.

The increasing relationship between crime and the media is not linear, and the movie does tend to oversimplify at times. In many respects, it suffers horribly from being predictable, although there were instances where it strayed sharply from the "rules" of formulaic movies. (Saying any more on that score would give away important aspects of the plot, so I'll refrain from elaborating.) Furthermore, in true Hollywood tradition, the main villains are dumb, completely amoral, and oh, did I mention foreign? The idea might have been to give an outsider perspective on the abuse of American culture, but that angle ultimately just plays into outdated audience prejudices against people who speak with an Eastern European accent.

Too, the movie has very graphic violence - but not as bad as I'd expected, and not as bad as what is shown in many other movies. Through creative camera angles, many of the bloodiest scenes are only obscurely hinted at, leaving the audience to fill in the pieces.

Not surprisingly, many entertainment reviewers disliked the movie, because it has the effect of exposing some of the more negative effects of the media. "15 Minutes" does not claim that the media causes violence; rather, it explains that the interplay between the two is ingrained in American culture. This movie may not be saying anything original, but it is sufficiently entertaining and thought-provoking to make it worth seeing.


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