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15 Minutes
     

15 Minutes

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Director: John Herzfeld

Cast: Robert De Niro, Edward Burns, Kelsey Grammer

 

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An action drama centering on the media circus, 15 Minutes focuses on a New York homicide detective named Eddie Flemming (Robert De Niro), a famous figure known for his heroic on-the-job manner. A tabloid news anchor (Kelsey Grammer) attempts to get the scoop on Flemming's latest beat when a pair of Eastern European criminals (Karel Roden and Oleg Taktarov) find

Overview

An action drama centering on the media circus, 15 Minutes focuses on a New York homicide detective named Eddie Flemming (Robert De Niro), a famous figure known for his heroic on-the-job manner. A tabloid news anchor (Kelsey Grammer) attempts to get the scoop on Flemming's latest beat when a pair of Eastern European criminals (Karel Roden and Oleg Taktarov) find a way to manipulate the media by filming their exploits, which they believe they can sell to bloodthirsty journalists and make themselves rich. In the wake of a double murder, Flemming teams up with Jordy Warsaw (Edward Burns), an arson investigator assigned to help locate the murderous pair. Meanwhile, Flemming must contend with his news reporter girlfriend Nicolette (Melina Kanakaredes) as he and Jordy find themselves enveloped in a lurid series of events that threatens to jeopardize their safety. Kim Cattrall, Avery Brooks, and Vera Farmiga are also featured in the cast.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The negative consequences of television's pervasive, insatiable, and increasingly soulless pursuit of the sensational is vividly dramatized in 15 Minutes, a fast-paced thriller offering plenty of violent action in addition to wry social commentary. Robert De Niro portrays a famous New York City detective -- a media darling himself -- who partners with fire marshal Edward Burns in an attempt to capture two Eastern European criminals on a murderous rampage. Believing they can win fame and fortune by selling video footage of their depredations, the dimwitted thugs find a willing customer in tabloid TV host Kelsey Grammer. Writer-director John Herzfeld (2 Days in the Valley) savages media culture but doesn't allow his pointed observations to overshadow a gripping narrative, which defies genre conventions with a major and unexpected plot twist halfway through the film. Seasoned veteran De Niro wears his character comfortably, like a pair of old shoes, and relative newcomer Burns more than holds his own in scenes with the ol' raging bull. The initial friction between their characters will remind viewers of a dozen "buddy" flicks, but 15 Minutes is no ordinary cop movie: Herzfeld uses an action-film framework to make us think about the media culture we've fostered and continue to tolerate. He reiterates this connection in his commentary for the DVD, which includes two original documentaries -- "15 Minutes of True Tabloid Stars" and "Does Crime Pay?" -- in addition to deleted scenes, extra video footage, a music video covering the song "Fame," and DVD-ROM script-to-screen content.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
A real movie, rough edges and all, and not another link from the sausage factory.
Kansas City Star
Does offer some wonderfully cinematic moments ... that get the blood and adrenaline pumping. Robert W. Butler

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2002
UPC:
0794043538735
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Eddie Flemming
Edward Burns Jordy Warsaw
Kelsey Grammer Robert Hawkins
Avery Brooks Leon Jackson
Melina Kanakaredes Nicolette
Karel Roden Emil Slovak
Oleg Taktarov Oleg Razgul
Vera Farmiga Daphne Handlova
John DiResta Bobby Korfin
James Handy Captain Duffy
Darius McCrary Tommy Cullen
Bruce Cutler Himself
Charlize Theron Rose Hearn
Kim Cattrall Cassandra
David Alan Grier Mugger
Vladimir Mashkov Milos
Anton Yelchin Actor
Gabriel Casseus Unique

Technical Credits
John Herzfeld Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Keith Addis Producer
Pete Antico Stunts
Mayne Berke Production Designer
David Blocker Producer
John P. Bruce Set Decoration/Design
Steven Cohen Editor
Jean-Yves Escoffier Cinematographer
April Ferry Costumes/Costume Designer
James M. Freitag Associate Producer,Asst. Director
David Gaines Associate Producer
Jess Gonchor Art Director
Casey Hallenbeck Set Decoration/Design
Jim Halty Stunts
Mindy Marin Casting
Anthony Marinelli Score Composer
Kim Ornitz Sound/Sound Designer
Perpetual Motion Pictures, Inc. Special Effects
Claire Rudnick Polstein Executive Producer
Chuck Potter Set Decoration/Design
J. Peter Robinson Score Composer
Leslie Shatz Sound/Sound Designer
Stan Tropp Set Decoration/Design
Nick Wechsler Producer

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15 Minutes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's all about fame, love, emphaty, revenge and certainly unexpected ups and downs of the story...It'a a must see...Old and new generation of great actors mixed in one movie...If you like political thrillers, actions, heroic movies and a good story, this is A MUST SEE. I simply loved it.