An aging alcoholic cop is assigned the task of escorting a witness from police custody to a courthouse 16 blocks away. There are, however, chaotic forces at work that prevent them from making it in one piece.

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Richard Donner

Writer:

Richard Wenk
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Jack Mosley
Yasiin Bey ... Eddie Bunker (as Mos Def)
David Morse ... Frank Nugent
Jenna Stern ... Diane Mosley
Casey Sander ... Capt. Dan Gruber
Cylk Cozart Cylk Cozart ... Jimmy Mulvey
David Zayas ... Robert Torres
Robert Racki ... Jerry Shue
Patrick Garrow ... Touhey
Sasha Roiz ... Kaller
Conrad Pla ... Ortiz
Hechter Ubarry Hechter Ubarry ... Maldonado
Richard Fitzpatrick ... Deputy Commissioner Wagner
Peter McRobbie ... Mike Sheehan
Michael F. Keenan Michael F. Keenan ... Ray Fitzpatrick (as Mike Keenan)
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Storyline

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... Written by Anonymous

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1 Witness... 118 Minutes... See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, intense sequences of action, and some strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

While filming a scene at Massey Hall in Toronto down the street a scene foe Hollywoodland was being filmed at The Senator restaurant. See more »

Goofs

When Jack Mosley is in the bus talking to the negotiator, you can see the screen of the Nextel phone. Even though Jack is carrying on a conversation, the phone screen does not indicate the phone is in a call. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack Mosley: [tape recording] It's Detective Jack Mosley, Shield number 227. I guess this will be my last will and testament. This is for Diane. When this day is over, they're gonna come and talk to you about this and they're gonna... gonna tell you what happened, Diane. But what they tell you is not really what happened here. So I hope that you get this. I was trying to do a good thing.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits save the title "16 BLOCKS". See more »

Alternate Versions

SPOILER: On the DVD is a version with an alternate ending, where Nugent calls off killing Jack after they talk in the basement of the courthouse, but can't get through to Torres. Nugent runs upstairs to stop Torres. After Jack tells the ADA he's willing to testify, Torres shoots him when he pulls the tape recorder from his pocket just as Nugent reaches him. They both fall down the stairs. But then Nugent moves as the playback starts on the tape recorder. The ADA rushes to the jury with the recording as someone covers Jack's face with a blanket. Later a voice over (when Diane gets the cake) by Eddie reveals that Diane came to see him in Seattle to tell him that Jack is dead. See more »

Connections

References Yu-Gi-Oh! (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Besame
Written by Ed McCoyd (Spanish translation by Edwin Perez)
Performed by Mystico
Published by Ed McCoyd Music (SESAC)
Courtesy of Blast Music Management
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excellent suspense
7 March 2006 | by ageorge1023See all my reviews

This movie was an excellent surprise. It starts slow, but stay with it. Your first look at Bruce Willis as the burnt-out over the hill cop tells you this will not be the normal shoot-em-up cop drama. The plot starts building almost instantly, unlike many movies where you have to wait through thirty minutes of fluff before the story goes anywhere. The characters in the movie are surprisingly endearing, honest and genuine. They're just normal enough to identify with. Not the standard super evil villain and valiant good guy. Bruce Willis is awesome in his role as the tired underdog struggling with the morality of torn loyalty. Mos Def, whose character's voice was a little aggravating, played an excellent supporting role. The relationship he develops with Willis'character is both surprising and humorous. Overall, the movie was tense from the start and is filled with suspense, humor and a great deal of drama. It takes some unexpected turns and has a great ending. I highly recommend it.


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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sixteen Blocks See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,855,260, 5 March 2006

Gross USA:

$36,895,141

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,664,721
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2.35 : 1
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