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44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out (2003)

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After a failed bank robbery, two heavily armed men hold the Los Angeles Police Department at bay for 44 minutes.

Director:

Yves Simoneau

Writer:

Tim Metcalfe
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Madsen ... Frank McGregor
Ron Livingston ... Donnie Anderson
Ray Baker ... Harris
Douglas Spain ... Bobby Martinez
Andrew Bryniarski ... Larry Eugene Phillips Jr.
Oleg Taktarov ... Emil Matasareanu
Clare Carey ... Frank's Wife
Alex Meneses ... Nicole
Dale Dye ... SWAT Lieutenant
Katrina Law ... Kate
J.E. Freeman ... Police Commander
Mario Van Peebles ... Henry Jones
Jullian Dulce Vida ... Luis Rivera
Alex Madison Alex Madison ... Maria (as Gail Monian)
JoNell Kennedy ... Cathy (as Jo Nell Kennedy)
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Storyline

On the 28th of February, 1997, two men armed with AK-47 machine guns try to pull a heist at the Bank of America in North Hollywood, but their plan fails and they are kept under siege by the LAPD. During the ensuing forty-four minutes, Los Angeles witnesses live on television one of the greatest shoot-outs in American history. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The most intense shoot-out in LAPD history See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and bloody images | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shootout See more »

Filming Locations:

La Habra, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Scenes on the residential streets where the robbers tried escaping from the bank were filmed on the actual locations behind the real bank. See more »

Goofs

When the police are acquiring AR-15s from the gun store, and transporting them in the shopping cart it's easy to see the bayonet lugs. The real North Hollywood Shootout took place in 1997, three years into the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, which, among other things, banned the sale of new firearms with attached bayonet lugs and other cosmetic features. There's no way these guns would have bayonet lugs like they do in the movie. See more »

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Frank McGregor: Ninety percent of cops go through their whole career without ever firing their gun. That day, that was roughly 1500 rounds fired. We were armed with pistols. These guys were slinging automatic machine guns. An AK-47 machine gun is a weapon that was designed for war. A high-velocity round invented to penetrate armor and kill their target. You use them in a bank job, and you've done something no one in America had ever done before. Danger's all around us. In the streets. In the car. ...
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References Dragnet (1951) See more »

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Pretty Good Movie
2 June 2003 | by Filmguy6See all my reviews

Since I was only about two miles away from the real shootout and saw the footage on the news about 100 times, I was quite interested in seeing the movie to see how accurately it would depict the real event. The film was not only accurate (with very few exceptions) but it was also riveting (with the shootout edited together with documentary-style testimonials from the policemen characters) and peppered with some FX-style swearing and graphic moments. Of the actors, Michael Madsen and Mario Van Peebles were the best (and most well known) and Ron Livingston was good too, but seemed a bit out of place as a hard-edged, SWAT team member. Interesting tidbits were that the gunmen's full names were never mentioned (one was referred to as Larry a few times, but nothing else) and the gunmen characters looked nothing like the real gunmen (the wrong one had long hair and one of the real guys was about 100 pounds heavier than the other). Also, Michael Madsen, who is often confused with Tom Sizemore, who was in the 1995 film Heat, brings up Al Pacino's character from Heat in one of his testimonials. Heat is often mentioned in the same breath as the real North Hollywood incident, because of the similar shootouts and the fact that the real gunmen used the movie as an informal training video for robbing banks. The real gunmen also were nicknamed the 'High Incident Bandits' and the shootout was also the basis for the final episode of the 1996-97 ABC cop show 'High Incident' starring Blair Underwood. Good film.


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