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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

Writer:

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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America's had enough See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$24,403,552

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,359,980
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally slated to be released in the spring of 2000 by New Line Cinema, with theatrical trailers appearing in fall and winter 1999. For reasons unknown, the film was pulled from the spring 2000 schedule, and then delayed. The film was finally released in March of 2001. A similar situation would happen with Knockaround Guys (2001), which was slated to be released that spring, only to be yanked and delayed. That film was finally released in late 2002. See more »

Goofs

There is a bridge to Rikers Island called Rikers Bridge that is how prisoners or anyone gets to Rikers Island they do not take a boat, as we see it happen towards the end of the movie. 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

During the credits you see the aftermath of the punch to Robert Hawkins 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

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Crackerjack 2: Hostage Train (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

La Guitaristic House Organisation
Written by Jean-Philippe Freu, Patrice Carrie and Jean-Louis Palumbo
Performed by Rinôçérôse
Courtesy of V2 Records
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One of the Best Commentaries I've Ever Seen
2 August 2004 | by Krog__See all my reviews

This movie is a commentary. It is a commentary of fame, of the media, of America's justice system; and it's one of the best fictional film commentaries I've ever seen. Robert De Niro and Edward Burns star as a cop and a fireman, respectively, searching for two murderers played by Karel Roden and Oleg Taktarov. A few other great actors round out the cast of this medium-paced thriller/actioner with some depth of thought. At the very least it keeps you entertained until its cool ending.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who's ever watched a newscast, ever seen someone get off on the insanity plea or ever wondered what goes on behind the curtain of the justice system. Just see it.


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