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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.

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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 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 ... Maria (as Gail Monian)
JoNell Kennedy ... Cathy (as Jo Nell Kennedy)
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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

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

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The physical appearances of the two robbers in real life are actually swapped in the film. See more »

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In several frontal shots of the robbers firing their AK 47 assault rifles, the weapons are shown as having a circular muzzle flash. In reality, AK 47s without silencers or flash suppressors (not seen in the movie) have a bow-tie shaped muzzle flash. 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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Interesting twist on a documentary/action style movie
18 April 2004 | by rcslymanSee all my reviews

Plays off as a "day in the life of" at first, which was a pretty good move, I thought. Kind of "Cops"ish, with periodic interjections from the officers involved in the shootout, which does well to give the viewer the mindset of the people. I had a problem with some of the scenes of the two gunmen alone, making comments back and forth, which we don't really know what they were thinking, or saying, since it isn't like they are available anymore to tell us. But, dramatic license and all, it's hardly anything that Fox can't be forgiven for doing. They did an exceptional job with the firefight. You really get a sense of the sheer chaos that was happening then. The freeze frame cuts for commercial breaks were a nice touch as well, giving you a snapshot of the moment, which as I understand, happens in the mind of people in these types of situations sometimes.

The movie was credible, and nicely done. You don't get the full effect by just watching the action in the last hour. The narrations given, and the scenes from the first hour, help set the tone for what started out as an average work day in Los Angeles, but then sank an entire area into a heated war zone before lunchtime had even come around. Wouldn't have been one I'd have paid money to see, but for a made-for-TV-movie, I've seen a whole lot worse, but more importantly, not many better.


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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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Stereo | Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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