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15 Minutes (Infinifilm Edition) (2001)

Robert De Niro , Edward Burns , John Herzfeld  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Edward Burns, Kelsey Grammer, Avery Brooks, Melina Kanakaredes
  • Directors: John Herzfeld
  • Writers: John Herzfeld
  • Producers: John Herzfeld, Keith Addis, Nick Wechsler, David Blocker, Claire Rudnick Polstein
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2001
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LDDD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,257 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "15 Minutes (Infinifilm Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted Footage with director's commentary
  • God Lives Underwater "Fame" Music Video
  • "True Tabloid" and "Does Crime Really Pay?" documentaries
  • Interviews
  • "Oleg's Video," actual video footage captured from actor Oleg Taktarov's perspective
  • Fact and trivia subtitle track
  • DVD-ROM: Script-to-sceen

Editorial Reviews

Robert DeNiro (Meet The Parents, Analyse This) and Ed Burns (Any Given Sunday, Saving Private Ryan) star as two detectives on the trail of two killers who videotape their crimes.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Commentary by director John Herzfeld
DVD ROM Features
Deleted Scenes
Documentaries:"True Tabloid" and "Does Crime Really Pay?" documentaries.
Featurette:"Oleg's Video," actual video footage captured from actor Oleg Taktarov's perspective.
Interviews
Music Video:God Lives Underwater "Fame" Music Video
Theatrical Trailer


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A finely-wrought satire. August 25, 2001
Format:DVD
Hollywood has never satirized itself or the media quite so effectively as in "15 Minutes," a thriller which begins with a whimper and ends with a satisfying bang. Writer/director John Herzfeld's story of two men on a twisted journey to stardom, and the police and reporters who follow them, is an almost gripping reminder of just how bloated things can get once the media gets involved.
Vacationing Europeans Emil (Karel Roden) and Oleg (Oleg Taktarov) have come for a hefty sum of money, but when they arrive at the apartment of Emil's friend Milos, and discover the money gone, they kill Milos and his wife, all the while videotaping the murder with a stolen camcorder. The one witness to the crime flees, later falling into the hands of homicide detective Eddie Flemming (Robert de Niro), and arson investigator Jordy Warsaw (Edward Burns), who met at the scene of a fire set the make the murder appear as an accident.
Since we know the identity of the killers, we know this is not a mystery thriller. Instead, the movie becomes a touch more interesting by introducing the media and all its propaganda tools. Oleg has a fascination for movie-making, and Emil's growing interest for the way in which Americans easily get away with murder and make money from it send the two of them on a murder rampage that gets the attention they want and the promise of money they desire. Watching the news and tabloid shows only fuels their goals, as does the promise of a hefty sum of money from Top Story anchor Robert Hawkins (Kelsey Grammer), in exchange for their videotapes for his show.
A major key to making the issues this movie addresses work is a credible cast, something this film is never without.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeper movie will wake you into shuddering dread December 6, 2004
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15 Minutes is a horrifying and gritty peek into the injustice of the American legal system and also the news media. Wow, two digs in one film, how can you resist?

Emil Slovak, a Czech National (played by Karel Rodan), and his friend Oleg Razgul, a Russian National (played by Oleg Taktarov), who met in Prague, decide to travel to America, the land of opportunity. Emil wants to hunt down his old crime partner, who took all the money from the robbery he was jailed for, but Oleg is infatuated with American Cinema and wants be a filmmaker.

Immediately upon arriving, Oleg steals a video camera from a store and they are off to confront Emil's old partner and get their money back. But while Oleg films the event, Emil discovers that his portion of the money was already spent, and he kills his friend and friend's wife. Unfortunately, there was someone else watching the murder. Daphne Handlova had been staying with her friends, and fled the apartment after witnessing the murders. An illegal alien herself, she does not want for the police or the killers to find her, but leaves her purse behind in the apartment where Emil discovers who she is.

The apartment is burned to cover the bodies, "A Bohemian Barbeque" says Oleg, which calls in not only successful homicide detective Eddie Flemming (Robert De Niro), but Fire Marshal Jordy Warsaw (Edward Burns) to the scene.

Emil and Oleg get away, but while Emil obsesses with finding Daphne, Oleg obsesses about filming their "Trip to America", killings and all. He believes he is making the greatest movie ever. They begin to watch New York's hot and exploitive news show called "Top Story", anchored by shady newsman/reporter Robert Hawkins (played expertly by Kelsey Grammer).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I am a huge Robert De Niro fan and when this came out I saw it because it had suspense and action, and Robert De Niro. But after seeing it, it got me thinking and I realized how this movie relayed a provocative message about how degrating our society is. This message was mostly portrayed by Kelsey Grammer's character. He went so far as to show real people being murdered on TV just to get ratings. And I'm sure there are TV broadcasters out there who would actually show that on TV too if they got the oppertunity. This is a great movie for action fans and for all people to be reminded just how pathetic people are sometimes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take a look at this film ... October 24, 2001
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If you didn't see this film in the theaters because you thought "Ehhh, looks very generic" you might want to give it a look on DVD. It is an original, innovative look at fame, the media, and ethics
The film follows Burns' arson investigator, and DeNiro's cop (both in characteristically fine performances), and their attempts to catch two eastern bloc travelers who find out that America is great because nobody is held responsible for their actions and even those who become criminals can be famous. Thus, they commit crimes on videotape and give the tape to Grammar's sleazy tabloid show host and plan on making money with movie deals they hope will be offered for their case. The ramifications of these actions are then explored.
This film really explores the aspects of one's "15 minutes" of fame in this modern world dominated by video and tabloid television. I thought I had never heard of writer/director John Herzfeld until I found in the disc's commentary that he directed the equally original "2 Days in the Valley." His use of the first person camera techniques of the criminals is in sharp contrast with the rest of the film and provides a solid realistic quality. Grammar's tabloid host is a smarmy character that he plays up quite nicely and it's nice to see him in an atypical role.The film is a nice blend of suspense thriller and story with an underlying message about the state media today. In th world where the line between the news media and tabloids has become blurred (think Gary Condit or OJ Simpson), this movie hits the tabloid phenomenon right on the money.
The DVD is really great too. It has a fantastic menu screen that mimics a CNN Headline newscast complete with stock ticker and everything.
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Published 22 days ago by Thresa Lynn Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
EXCELLENT MOVIE
Published 1 month ago by CHANDA D COOPER
3.0 out of 5 stars Infinifilm 15 minutes
Watched once & really can't remember the film.
Published 1 month ago by Cullen Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Use to loved this movie. Havent seen it since it came out but i still love it Blu ray looks great
Published 5 months ago by James
4.0 out of 5 stars Avery Brooks' masterful "piece" work...
"They got my piece." Such a classic line from the movie. If any reason to pay a couple bucks for a used copy of this movie, it is to see Avery Brooks on the ground saying... Read more
Published 10 months ago by RCZ78
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Love all the actors in this movie, it's action packed so it keeps you watching. Any Robert DeNiro film is worth watching.
Published 11 months ago by Lois M. Perrupato
4.0 out of 5 stars Is 15 Minutes Worth 120 Minutes of Your Time?
After I finish watching a movie, I ask myself if I was entertained. This is the method of measurement that I use to decide if the movie was good or not. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mat Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie that is unfairly criticized and ignored
15 minutes is a solid action crime movie with some famous actors yet it has been ignored. It came out in 2001 now 12 years later it still has received no notoriety or recognition... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Vladimir Moya
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite films
One of my favorite movies, and first Infinifilm DVD. Apparently, this was the precursor to Blu-ray discs, with many options, including deleted scenes, comments, etc. Read more
Published 15 months ago by MrMRD
2.0 out of 5 stars major stars don't always make a good movie.
i have to admit i only purchased this movie because of the stars,robert deniro,ed burns and kelsey grammer.but this movie lackes a lot to be desired. Read more
Published 21 months ago by thunderunner
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