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16 Blocks (2006)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 3 March 2006 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Richard Donner

Writer:

Richard Wenk
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Cast

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,883,539, 21 May 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,664,721
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Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Donner's last directorial film as of 2018. See more »

Goofs

When Jack first saves Eddie from the assassins (after buying his alcohol at the store), the slide on his pistol is in the empty position, indicating that he had a round in the chamber, but none in the clip. In the next scene, the slide is in the normal position. 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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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 Crash (2004) 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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Surprisingly decent for a familiar Hollywood cops 'n' bad guys thriller
20 January 2013 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

16 BLOCKS is a neat little Hollywood thriller that might not offer the bulldozing excitement of a DIE HARD movie or the fantastic stuntwork of a MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE flick, but which still generates plenty of suspense from its straightforward premise. It tells the story of a cop and a criminal, two men who have to cross New York before their deadline runs out. Of course, there's a lot more at stake than it first appears, and gradually director Richard Donner weaves a story of friendship, betrayal, skeletons in the closet and, above all else, the need to "do the right thing". It's a story that's character-focused throughout, with the emphasis on the developing relationship between Bruce Willis' detective and Mos Def's criminal. Some might find this emphasis off putting, but I for one thoroughly enjoyed it.

Bruce Willis is much as we met him in DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE (and indeed there are many parallels and references to that movie in this one); he's washed up, past his glory, except here he's even worse, saddled with a paunch and a gammy leg. Once the bullets start flying, Bruce's character takes a turn for the better and he becomes the everyday hero we all know and love him for. I was prepared to dislike Mos Def's high-talking criminal but, surprisingly enough, he's one of the best things in the film, and he really makes the criminal character his own, adding warmth to the feature. David Morse, off our screens for too long, is as great as ever as the corrupt cop who becomes the nemesis of the heroes.

While the film is not action-focused, there are some highly impressive set-pieces which strive for realism – the stand-out scene being the bus hostage rescue, of course. Elsewhere, the layer of gritty realism – no pyrotechnics here – and the endless cops-vs-robbers stealthy sneaking around generate plenty of tension and also excitement. My only real complaint is with the ending, which could have been handled a little better, but then it chooses emotion over action and it's a character-focused finale rather than one with big bangs. I remember a few years back when the film S.W.A.T. attempted a similar storyline; the difference is, that film was a piece of crap, and this one is rather good.


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