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15 Minutes (2001)

Cast: Pete Antico, Pete Antico, Jim Halty, more...
Director: John Herzfeld, John Herzfeld
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Studio: New Line Home Video
Genre: Cops
Running Time: 121 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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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 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. ~ Jason Clark, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A Hypocritical Mess by Chiend February 10, 2006 - 6:40 PM PST
0 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I'll cut to the chase and throw in my two cents: skip this one with a vengeance. Frankly, I found the film offensive. Not the film's violence mind you, but the characteristic hypocrisy of the script that has become a staple of the Hollywood film industry over the past ten years. There must be something hypocritical about a movie that disparages the more repellent aspects of the TV entertainment industry by gratuitously exhibiting the same objectionable acts it purports to condemn in order to make it's point. By the way, the film's point is to lament the lowering of the media's moral standards and it's impact on American society. What better way to get that idea across than to shoot, burn and butcher human beings in graphic detail?

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2001: Jonathan Rosenbaum's recommendations
Top 2001 Movies from Jonathan Rosenbaum's article in Chicago Reader. I compiled these lists with the aim of one daying viewing them all. The comments below, if any are mine.

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