Fifteen Minutes

Theatrical Release: March 9, 2001
Fifteen Minutes


A celebrated NY detective Eddie Flemming (Robert De Niro) and a NY fire marshal arson investigator Jordy Warsaw (Edward Burns) join forces to track down two killers, Emil Slovak (Karel Roden) and Oleg Razgul (Oleg Taktarov), who’ve traveled to New York City from Eastern Europe looking for a man who owes them money. When the man can’t pay, his murder is made to look like a fatal fire and is videotaped by one of the brutal killers who’ve already crafted their legal loophole defense stating that he was insane at the time The killers decide to sell their story for millions to tabloid news anchor Robert Hawkins (Kelsey Grammer) should they be caught. Their only problem is an illegal immigrant who witnesses the crime, Daphne Handlova (Vera Farmiga) and is on the run. Melina Kanakaredes plays a local TV reporter.

Dove Review

THE GOOD:…This is an unusual suspense/drama in that this highlights the media’s obsession with selling sex and violence, while showing how the bizarre insanity of the two immigrants can abuse the system all for the sake of sensationalistic television. In all of the craziness, there is a truth about the perceptions of America and anti-Americanism, especially where the media’s concerned. Grammer is wonderful as the selfish, liberal media you grow to despise. De Niro has another classic scene of talking to himself in the mirror and I only wish the two would have had more screen time together (hint, hint). THE NOT-SO-GOOD:…This is a violent movie with irrational bad guys that make the violence unpredictable, intense and scary, not to mention the adult themes, and nudity.

Content Description

Offensive language: Profanity is rated as extreme due to the use of at least 50 "f" words, while plenty of other colorful phrases and expletives, a religious profanity.Sexual situations: Some sexually related dialogue and a discussion of oral sex - some of it explicit - while one scene features an "escort" (hooker) who strips down to her thong underwear, and prepares to perform a sexual act.Violence: Rated as extreme due to various murders and other killings, some of which are very bloody and gory. A couple of men are shot in chest, a man stabs another man several times, we hear screams and see the bloody knife and the killer's bloody hands (this murder is later replayed on a video camera), a man snaps a woman's neck, killing her. A man throws a woman on a bed, beats her and stabs her to death. Those scenes and others may be disturbing and/or suspenseful to some viewers. Violence is an apartment catches fire and explodes


Company: New Line/Fine Line
Director: John Herzfeld
Genre: Action
Runtime: 120 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Holly McClure