16 Blocks

16 Blocks

4.2 11
Director: Richard Donner

Cast: Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse


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A hard-drinking, hard-living cop assigned the task of transporting a small-time criminal to the nearby courthouse finds that a simple, 16-block drive can be the longest ride of his life in director Richard Donner's urban action thriller. Hung-over, has-been cop Jack Mosley (Bruce Willis) has seen betterSee more details below


A hard-drinking, hard-living cop assigned the task of transporting a small-time criminal to the nearby courthouse finds that a simple, 16-block drive can be the longest ride of his life in director Richard Donner's urban action thriller. Hung-over, has-been cop Jack Mosley (Bruce Willis) has seen better days, and all that the force expects out of him these days is to stay out of trouble while he's on the clock. Eddie Bunker (Mos Def) is set to testify before a grand jury at 10:00 a.m., and it's up to Mosely to make sure that Bunker makes it to the courthouse in one piece -- a job that Mosely estimates will take a maximum of 15 minutes. A black van has been trailing the pair unnoticed, though, and after stopping off at a nearby liquor store to pick up some breakfast, Mosely emerges from the store just in time to save Eddie from the lethal bullet of a determined assassin. When backup arrives in the form of Detective Frank Nugent (David Morse), Mosely quickly realizes that the detective on Nugent's team is the same cop that Bunker is set to testify against. Now faced with the tough task of dodging bullets and eluding a massive onslaught of corrupt cops, Mosely must keep Bunker alive long enough to get him before the judge and ensure that justice is served.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A straightforward if unacknowledged reworking of Clint Eastwood's The Gauntlet, this stripped-down thriller boasts taut direction from veteran action-filmmaker Richard Donner and exceptionally fine performances by its star duo, Bruce Willis and Mos Def. It only takes a few minutes to establish the premise: Aging, world-weary cop Jack Mosley (Willis) draws the short straw at his precinct and is assigned to transport motor-mouthed street punk Eddie Bunker (Def) to the D.A.'s office. But what should be a short, easy trip turns into a firestorm for Jack when crooked cops headed by his ex-partner, Frank Nugent (David Morse), go all out to make sure Eddie never reaches his destination. Obviously, this prisoner knows something that can bring them all down; Jack is thus torn between discharging his duty honorably and giving Eddie up. There's no real nuance to the story, although Donner and the screenwriters toss in a last-reel complication that somewhat alters the complexion of Jack's dilemma. It's rare in a fast-moving film like this for the acting to overshadow the action, but Willis -- having finally aged into this type of role -- is terrific as the jaded cop. His trademark smirk, once indicative of youthful insouciance, now effectively reflects cynicism and irony. His ensemble cohorts, Morse and Mos Def, also contribute riveting performances. This combustible combination of talents turns 16 Blocks into a tough, terse, two-fisted entertainment that's guaranteed to please fans of gritty cop thrillers.
All Movie Guide
16 Blocks showcases director Richard Donner and star Bruce Willis at their best, lending their old-fashioned Hollywood talent to a popcorn-movie thriller that offers enough texture and emotion to help it stand out from the pack. Richard Wenk's script offers a familiar thriller premise (and one that owes a few of its plot points to The Gauntlet) but he gives it a fresh spin through rich characterizations and snappy dialogue. Better yet, he and Donner use its New York locale as a character in and of itself. However, the two elements that truly hold 16 Blocks together are its two lead performances; Willismanages to hit the right blend of movie-star machismo and world-weariness as the aging cop hero and Mos Def is a loquacious delight as the small-time con determined to change his way of thinking . David Morse also lends find support as Willis' steely, deeply hypocritical nemesis. The end result might be a little too pat for some viewers, but 16 Blocks offers fine escapist fare to any viewer who wants a good, old fashioned Hollywood thriller.

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Special Features

Side B DVD Special Features:; Alternate ending not seen in theaters - Viewable separately and incorporated into the film; Deleted scenes with optional director/screenwriter commentary; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Willis Jack Mosley
Mos Def Eddie Bunker
David Morse Frank Nugent
Jenna Stern Diane Mosley
Casey Sander Captain Gruber
Cylk Cozart Jimmy Mulvey
David Zayas Robert Torres
Robert Racki Jerry Shue
Brenda Pressley Assistant Da MacDonald
Patrick Garrow Touhey
Sasha Roiz Kaller
Conrad Pla Ortiz
Hechter Ubarry Maldonado
Richard Fitzpatrick Deputy Commissioner Wagner
Peter McRobbie Mike Sheehan
Robert Clohessy Cannova
Jess Mal Gibbons Pederson
Tig Fong Briggs
Kim Chan Sam
Carmen Lopez Gracie
Scott McCord Lieutenant Kincaid
David Sparrow Holding Cell Officer
Eduardo Gomez Holding Cell Prisoner
Sam Kung Chinese Man
Angela Seto Chinese Wife
Bernie Henry Man With Caddy
Nick Alachiotis Russian
Danny Lima Russian
Claudio Masciulli Dominic Forlini
Efosa Otuomagie Bus Driver
Christina Orjalo Little Girl On Bus
Richard Wenk ADA's Detective
Derek Hoddman Carl-EMT
Brian Read UPS Delivery Man
Ryan Wulff DA's Clerk
Stephen Kahan Restaurant Owner
Paul Tuerpé Diane's Boyfriend
Cece Neber Restaurant Waitress
Jimmy Chong Bus Passenger
Betty Chong Bus Passenger
Sam Moses Bus Passenger
Kathy Imrie Bus Passenger
Jason Burke Bus Passenger
Tom Wlaschiha Bus Passenger
Scott Douglas Bus Passenger
J.D. Nicholsen Man In Gray Suit
Kameron Louangxay Communications Tech
Victoria Mitchell Woman In Apartment
Cecil Philips MTA Cop
Rob Weithoff Court Officer
Jimmy Campbell Court Officer
Jimmy Campbell Court Officer
Richard Collier Court Officer
Aaron Ferguson Court Officer
Bradley Paterson Brad-EMT
Paul L.Q. Lee Asian Shop Owner
Heather Dawn The Juror
Daryl Dismond Man In Suit
James Lavin Car Key Detective
Beatriz Yuste Subway Commuter
David Talbolt Subway Commuter
Toni Ellwand Subway Commuter
Rolando Alvarez Giacoman Subway Commuter
Andy Brown Conductor

Technical Credits
Richard Donner Director
Georger Aguiler Stunts
Taryn Ash Stunts
Klaus Badelt Score Composer
Bobby Beckles Stunts
Ron Bell Stunts
Dan Belley Stunts
Marco Bianco Stunts
Leigh Bianco Stunts
Les Bloom Production Designer
Donovan Boucher Stunts
Shane Caldwell Stunts
Tommy Chang Stunts
William Cheng Set Decoration/Design
Bob Colletti Stunts
Robin D. Cook Casting
Dean Copkov Stunts
Gilles Corbeil Camera Operator
Christopher Cordell Stunts
Boaz Davidson Executive Producer
Danny Dimbort Executive Producer
Rich Doering Stunts
Wayne Downer Stunts
Stephen Eads Associate Producer
Wade Eastwood Stunts
Randall Emmett Producer
Tig Fong Stunts
Brian Frank Stunts
George Furla Executive Producer
Louis Di Giaimo Casting
Todd Gilbert Associate Producer
Brandt Gordon Art Director
Vicki Graef Costumes/Costume Designer
Howard Green Stunts
Arv Greywal Production Designer
Craig Haagensen Camera Operator
Sarah Halley-Finn Casting
Bobby Hannah Stunts
Gene Harrison Stunts
Don J. Hewitt Stunts
Jery Hewitt Stunts
Curtis Hibbert Stunts
Randi Hiller Casting
Derek Hoffman Co-producer
Brian Jagersky Stunts
Jeff Jensen Stunts
Gina Marie Jensen Stunts
Jochen Kamlah Co-producer
Lisse Keeling Stunts
Josef Lautenschlager Executive Producer
Wing Lee Art Director
Avi Lerner Producer
Danny Lima Stunts
Angelica Lisk Stunts
John Macdonald Stunts
Glen MacPherson Cinematographer
Patrick Mark Stunts
Darren Marsman Stunts
Stephanie Maslansky Costumes/Costume Designer
Darren Michael McGuire Stunts
Dwayne McLean Stunts
Duncan McLeod Stunts
Ashley Miller Musical Direction/Supervision
Steve Mirkovich Editor
Vern Nobles Camera Operator
T.J. O'Mara Sound Mixer
Phil Oetiker Camera Operator
Billy Oliver Stunts
Cheryl Quiacos Stunts
Joseph R. Racki Stunts
Robert Racki Stunts
Brian Read Co-producer
Hadeel Reda Executive Producer
Robert Reece Stunts
Alison Reid Stunts
Ilyse A. Reutlinger Associate Producer
Arnold Rifkin Producer
Jeanette Roxborough Stunts
Kevin Rushton Stunts
Trevor Short Executive Producer
Doug Slater Set Decoration/Design
Brian Smyj Stunts
John Stead Stunts
Robert Stecko Camera Operator
Andreas Thiesmeyer Executive Producer
Bryan Thomas Stunts
John Thompson Producer
Jim Van Wyck Asst. Director,Producer
Dave Van Zeyl Stunts
Jennifer Vey Stunts
Richard Wenk Screenwriter
Geoff Williams Stunts
Jimmy P. Wong Stunts
Peter Wong Stunts

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 16 Blocks
1. Who Don't We Need? [5:08]
2. Man Without a Suit [3:04]
3. Make a Hole [3:55]
4. Ambush [3:15]
5. Police Business [4:30]
6. This Changes Everything [4:04]
7. Quash This Thing [2:41]
8. Finger Off the Trigger [4:22]
9. People You Know! [3:50]
10. Converging On Chinatown [2:57]
11. Door Jam [2:55]
12. Standoff of Old Friends [5:32]
13. Buttoning Up [5:19]
14. How's It Feel [1:21]
15. Busload of Trouble [1:40]
16. Every Day's a Birthday [4:23]
17. Please Exit [5:44]
18. If Barry White Can [3:57]
19. Breaching the Bus [2:41]
20. A Little Hope For Him [2:24]
21. Each Other's Lifesaver [4:49]
22. The Wit [4:58]
23. A Shot In the Light [4:35]
24. You Got a Friend [:04]
25. End Credits [:21]


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