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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 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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For a New York cop and his witness, the distance between life and death just got very short. See more »


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

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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
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2.40 : 1
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Trivia

The empty bottle Jack pulls from his desk drawer near the beginning is a bottle of Gosling's Black Seal Rum, from Bermuda. See more »

Goofs

After Eddie gets back on the bus, and Jack smashes through parked police cars down the alley, you clearly see that the tires which had previously been shot out and had come loose have returned and are fully inflated. See more »

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[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 »

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References Herbie Fully Loaded (2005) See more »

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Good Flower Round Moon
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Performed by Bich Phuong Luong
Published by Zhiming Han and Bich Phuong Luong
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some good elements but they fail to fully come together
26 March 2006 | by Roland E. ZwickSee all my reviews

"16 Blocks" features an aging Bruce Willis as a broken-down, burned out NYPD detective assigned to transport the key witness in a police corruption trial from his jail cell to the courthouse where he is scheduled to testify 16 blocks away. However, something goes terribly awry when the cops who are the targets of his testimony attempt to knock off the witness, forcing Willis and his charge to run for their lives through the crowded streets and deserted back alleys of downtown Manhattan.

"16 Blocks" deserves points for at least attempting to provide a bit more in the way of characterization and theme than we are used to in run-of-the-mill police procedurals, but the film winds up falling flat despite the best of intentions and some first rate performances by Willis and Mos Def as the man whose life Willis feels compelled to protect. For even though the low-keyed approach writer Richard Wenk and director Richard Donner have taken towards the material should have made this a more believable and realistic film than most in its genre, the filmmakers keep undercutting that truth by having the two fleeing gentlemen go through so many hairbreadth escapes that we begin to think that not only are these NYPD officers corrupt but amazingly incompetent as well. Moreover, the schmaltzy, humanity-of-man ending, with its theme of mutually achieved salvation and redemption, comes across as a contrived piece of sentimental uplift that never rings true or convincing.

What's good about the movie is its occasionally witty one liners and the performances by the actors in the two lead roles. Willis, craggy-faced, gimpy and sporting a noticeable middle-age spread, is subtle and subdued in the role of a man who has grown apathetic and cynical over the years, and Mos Def makes a very compelling character out of Eddie Bunker, the criminal-with-a-heart-of-gold who never stops talking, but whose deadpan, singsong delivery endears him to the audience. The actors alone compensate for the underdeveloped script and the overall sense of ennui that permeates the film.


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