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Five Minarets in New York (2010)

Not Rated | | Action, Thriller | 5 November 2010 (Turkey)
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Two Turkish anti-terrorist agents are sent to New York City on a mission to find and bring back the dangerous Islamic leader codenamed "Dajjal", believed to be hiding in there. Working with... See full summary »


Mahsun Kirmizigül





Cast overview, first billed only:
Haluk Bilginer ... Hadji
Danny Glover ... Marcus
Gina Gershon ... Maria
Mahsun Kirmizigül ... Firat
Robert Patrick ... Becker
Mustafa Sandal Mustafa Sandal ... Acar
Scott William Winters ... Jim
Sharrieff Pugh ... Stephens
Engin Altan Düzyatan ... Timur (as Engin Altan)
Justine Cotsonas ... Jasmin
Ryan Silverman ... Thomas
Laine Rettmer ... Lisa
William Rueger William Rueger ... Priest (as Rev. William Rueger)
Bob Ari ... Lawyer / Friedman
Hisham Tawfiq ... High Roller


Two Turkish anti-terrorist agents are sent to New York City on a mission to find and bring back the dangerous Islamic leader codenamed "Dajjal", believed to be hiding in there. Working with the FBI and NYPD, the agents orchestrate the arrest of Hadji Gumus, a well-respected Muslim scholar and family man who years before fled to the United States after being released from a Turkish prison, where he served time for murder. This tale love, friendship, peace and prejudices, takes us on a journey seeking to answer the question of whether innocence or guilt even matters to one who lusts for vengeance. Written by Anonymous

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In the War on Terror... sacrifices must be made. [U.K. Blu-ray]


Action | Thriller


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Did You Know?


Director Mahsun Kirmizigül worked on this project for twelve years. See more »


(At 36:11 and 42:42) The two congregations (by the East River and in the mosque) are in wrong format. Every rank behind the imam should be aligned, straight, continuous and extend on both sides till it reaches an obstacle (wall, column, etc.) See more »

Alternate Versions

Some video releases, like the U.K. Blu-ray version, contain a shorter version, running only 102 minutes and missing circa 15 minutes from the theatrical version. See more »


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Nuanced Analysis of Extremism
14 July 2013 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

NEW TORK'TA BES MINARE starts off in familiar fashion, as two Turkish cops travel to New York in pursuit of an alleged terrorist from Turkey who has been living in New York for thirty-seven years. There they encounter a group of FBI agents with innate prejudices against foreigners, and Muslims in particular. The two cops are drawn into a complex world, presided over by Islamic convert Danny Glover, where they seem apparently powerful to act. As the film unfolds, however, so the story becomes more complex. Hadji (Haluk Bilginer), ostensibly the prime suspect in the case - whose capture the Turkish cops are entrusted with - turns out to be completely different from what we, as the audience, expect of him. Director Mahsun Kirmizigul's film turns out to be a meditation on extremism, irrespective of religious difference: some Americans, as well as Turks, seem incapable of adopting either a moderate or a tolerant point of view. The film has a surprise ending, where we discover the true reason why Hadji went to America, and what kind of a person he actually was. Both noble yet self-aware, he remains a figure to admire in a complex world. NEW YORK'TA BES MINARE is an unexpectedly complex work, tautly filmed and grippingly told.

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Turkish | English

Release Date:

5 November 2010 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Act of Vengeance See more »

Filming Locations:

Bitlis, Turkey See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

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Boyut Film See more »
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Dolby | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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