15 Minutes (2001)



Critic Consensus: As critical as it is about sensationalism in the media, 15 Minutes itself indulges in lurid violence, and its satire is too heavy-handed to be effective.

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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.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Television
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Robert De Niro
as Eddie Fleming
Edward Burns
as Jordy Warsaw
Kelsey Grammer
as Robert Hawkins
Avery Brooks
as Leon Jackson
Melina Kanakaredes
as Nicolette Karas
Karel Roden
as Emil Slovak
John DiResta
as Bobby Korfin
Kim Cattrall
as Cassandra
Oleg Taktarov
as Oleg Razgul
Vera Farmiga
as Daphne Handlova
James Handy
as Capt. Duffy
Darius McCrary
as Tommy Cullen
Bruce Cutler
as Himself
Charlize Theron
as Rose Hearn
Mindy Marin
as Maggie
Christine Claibourne
as Maggie's Assistant
Paul Herman
as Paulie
Joe Lisi
as Police Captain
Stephen Davis
as Murphy
Bill Stanton
as Garcia
Louis F. Garcia
as Fire Chief
Mike Camello
as Fireman Camello
Tygh Runyan
as Stephen Geller
Barry Blueian
as Immigration Supervisor
Ritchie Coster
as Newsstand Vendor
Roseanne Barr
as Herself
Ashton Dane
as Talkshow Father
Gail Greaves
as Talk Show Wife
Bobby Fields
as Talk Show Son
Anton Yelchin
as Boy in Burning Building
Lynette Ruiz
as Sketch Artist
Kurt Andon
as Pizza Man
Rikki J. Klieman
as Daphne's Lawyer
Kata Dobó
as Redhead at Ludwig's
Elma Vann
as Linda
Olga Morgounova
as Escort Service Woman
Dorit Sauer
as Escort Service Woman
Hiak Garibyan
as Emigrant
Marco Kahn
as Emigrant
Toni Kalem
as Woman at Planet Hollywood
Lennox Brown
as Lookout Guy
George Poulos
as Greek Waiter
Peter Arnett
as Himself
Jane Velez-Mitchell
as Newscaster
Bryan Foster
as Hawkins' Cameraman
Alan Cohen
as Hawkins' Sound Man
Spiros Stamboulis
as Nicolette's Cameraman
Joseph Alfieri
as Reporter
Barry Primus
as Cab Driver
Julieta Espinoza
as Unique's Girlfriend
Brantley Bush
as Fireman
Macy Merced
as Paramedic
Tracey Mulqueen
as Paramedic
Scotty Dillin
as Battery Park Policeman
Dominic Maylione
as Police Officer
Ron Wall
as Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for 15 Minutes

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (32)

It doesn't feel like a cookie-cutter cop thriller, and, on top of that, it's actually about something.

Full Review… | March 12, 2001
Top Critic

Herzfeld's a secondhand-meister, simply regenerating themes, styles and a story line that we've all seen -- and tired of -- somewhere before.

Full Review… | March 9, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

The movie is nothing if not ambitious. The movie is nothing if not overdone. The movie is also, well, pretty much ... nothing.

Full Review… | March 9, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

A clumsy urban thriller.

Full Review… | March 9, 2001
USA Today
Top Critic

Two horrifyingly bad hours that should stand as a reminder to keep Hollywood away from big issues or anything else it can put in its mouth and choke on.

March 9, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A shrewd thriller.

Full Review… | March 9, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 15 Minutes

15 Minutes is a piece of crap. This film was boring, uninspired garbage, some cast members were very bad, and couldn't act for shit. I'm refering to Karel Rode, terrible actor. I also feel that Deniro was misplaced in this. Almost every actor tries his best to elevate this piece of shit film, but to no avail. With terrible actors such as Roden, this film doesn't elevate itself out of it's mediocrity level. It worsens. 15 Minutes was a terrible film, one to avoid.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Not one of De niro's best movies but certainly not a terrible movie and i quite enjoyed it! Its a bit weird though almost a black comedy just not to many laughs and more action/thriller/violence! worth a watch!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

I had never heard of this movie when I saw it. But it was a kickass movie. Lots of great characters.

Martin Sahlin
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

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