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Never before in history have fame and the law been so closely, and so dangerously, aligned. With today's insatiable demand for high-octane television news, everyone from criminals and cops to lawyers and politicians has joined the ranks of attention-grabbing celebrities and hype generators. Murderers hire spin doctors and share their confessions in prime time. Meanwhile, everyone from thieving low-lives to the President's lawyers vie for their shot at the limelight. Crime, tragedy, chaos: we might fear them, but there's no denying that in today's world, they bring ratings, money and power.

So just how far will society's most desperate people go in order to get their "fifteen minutes"? And just how willing is the public to watch? These questions come hurtling to the fore in John Herzfeld's smart, searing thriller 15 Minutes, which brings the edge-of-your-seat thriller into the in-your-face Media Age. Herzfeld's fresh and original take on urban life-and-crime is laced with dark humor, riveting action and incisive social commentary about the troubling crossroads where cops and criminals meet the all-powerful television cameras.

At the center of 15 Minutes is a New York City double murder that must be solved. But the fast-paced story isn't so much about figuring out the truth of the murder, as following who controls that truth. This is the thriller as seen through an eye-popping new lens - that of the media's hunt for shocking imagery, no matter the cost. In 15 Minutes, as the cops chase the murderers, the media chases the cops, and the whole thing fuels an escalating firestorm.

Two-time Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro stars as superstar homicide detective and People Magazine cover boy Eddie Flemming, who knows how to handle high-profile homicides. But now, with a crime that has ended in a grisly fire, Flemming must team up with a rival: the low-key, media-despising Arson Investigator Jordy Warsaw, played by Ed Burns. As they track down a pair of Eastern European killers on a rampage across the city, they wrangle with each other over how or whether to use the media. But Eddie and Jordy soon fall one step behind the ferociously unpredictable and clever men they are after - because these criminals have learned how to spin their own stardom into an explosion of media and judicial madness.

Kelsey Grammer, Melina Kanakaredes, Avery Brooks, Karel Roden, Oleg Taktarov, Vera Farmiga and John DiResta also star in 15 Minutes, a New Line Cinema presentation of an Industry Entertainment production in association with Tribeca Productions. John Herzfeld directs from his original script. The producers are John Herzfeld, Nick Wechsler, Keith Addis and David Blocker.

DVD Features

  • Documentary: 15 Minutes Of TrueTabloid Stars
  • Documentary: Does Crime Pay?
  • Fact Track - Trivia Subtitle Track with Direct Access to Additional Features
  • Feature-Length Audio Commentary with Director John Herzfeld
  • Deleted Scenes with Director Commentary
  • "Oleg's Videos" - Video Footage Captured from the Actor's Perspective
  • God Lives Underwater Music Video: "Fame"
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • DVD-ROM Features:
  • Script-To-Screen Access to the Film
  • Link To Original Website
  • Exclusive Access To On-Line Infinifilm Features

Cast

Robert De NiroDetective Eddie Flemming
Edward BurnsFire Marshal Jordy Warsaw
Kelsey GrammerRobert Hawkins
Avery BrooksDetective Leon Jackson
Melina KanakaredesNicolette Karas
Karel RodenEmil Slovak
Oleg TaktarovOleg Razgul
Vera FarmigaDaphne Handlova
John DiRestaBobby Korfin
James HandyDeputy Chief Fire Marshal Declan Duffy
Darius McCraryDetective Tommy Cullen
Bruce CutlerHimself
Charlize TheronRose Hearn
Kim CattrallCassandra
David Alan GrierMugger in Central Park
Vladimir MashkovMilos Karlova
Irina GasanovaTamina Karlova (as Arina Gasanova)
Noelle EvansHoney the Hooker
Mindy MarinMaggie
Christine ClaibourneMaggie's Assistant
Paul HermanDetective Paulie
Gabriel CasseusUnique
Joe LisiPolice Captain
Stephen DavisMurphy
William StantonGarcia (as Bill Stanton)
Louis F. GarciaFire Chief
Mike CamelloFireman Camello
Tygh RunyanStephen Geller
Barry BlueianImmigration Supervisor
Ritchie CosterNews Stand Vendor

tidus04 watched 15 Minutes
  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Theme(s): Mob/Organized Crime
  • Director: John Herzfeld
  • Producer: New Line
  • Length: 120 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMar 9, 2001
    EuropeMar 23, 2001
    JapanMay 16, 2001
    AustraliaMay 17, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 14, 2001
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