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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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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, Wide Release

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 language spoken by Rose Hearn (Charlize Theron) is Afrikaans, one of the official languages of South Africa. She says, "Hello Mr. Botha, can I call you back? You would never believe who just walked in here, it's Eddie Flemming. Thank you, good-bye." Botha was a famous boxer in the 1990s from South Africa. Charlize was born in South Africa, and speaks fluent Afrikaans. See more »

Goofs

When Nicollette interviews Eddie, he says "...whether it's evidence is yet to be determined", but in a news video playback of the same scene later on he says, "...whether it's evidence or not, we're not sure. We'll determine that later". See more »

Quotes

Eddie Flemming: That's another lesson. You got nothing to say don't waste their time or yours. Let somebody else do that.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) 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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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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