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Story

25th Hour is a eulogy, mourning the New York of post-September 11, 2001, and the regrettable life of one of the city's least reputable citizens. Monty Brogan (Edward Norton) isn't a bad guy--in fact he's a mensch, adopting a battered dog in the film's mood-setting opening scene, and leading a decent life with his girlfriend (Rosario Dawson)... when he's not dealing narcotics. Facing a seven-year prison term, Monty spends his last free night with pals (Barry Pepper, Philip Seymour Hoffman) and visiting his understanding father (Brian Cox), while a Russian drug lord pressures him for getting busted. Lee directs this plotless, no-win scenario as the last gasp of a guy with nowhere to go, and the film (written by David Benioff, from his own novel) suffers from a similar loss of potential, lacking enough focus to make Monty's odyssey compelling. Instead, 25th Hour (which also costars Anna Paquin) rambles from scene to lazy scene, vaguely lamenting that lives have been wasted, some by terrorism, others by self-destruction. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Edward NortonMonty Brogan
Philip Seymour HoffmanJacob Elinsky
Barry PepperFrank Slaughtery
Rosario DawsonNaturelle Riviera
Anna PaquinMary D'Annunzio
Brian CoxJames Brogan
Isiah Whitlock Jr.Agent Flood
Patrice O'NealKhari
Dania RamirezDaphne

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  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Theme(s): Gangsta
  • Director: Spike Lee
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 135 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 10, 2003
    EuropeJan 25, 2003
    JapanJan 24, 2004
    AustraliaJun 5, 2003
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 25, 2004
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