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44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out (2003)

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After a failed bank robbery, two heavily armed men hold the Los Angeles Police Department at bay for 44 minutes.

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Yves Simoneau

Writer:

Tim Metcalfe
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Madsen ... Frank McGregor
Ron Livingston ... Donnie Anderson
Ray Baker ... Harris
Douglas Spain ... Bobby Martinez
Andrew Bryniarski ... Larry Eugene Phillips Jr.
Oleg Taktarov ... Emil Matasareanu
Clare Carey ... Frank's Wife
Alex Meneses ... Nicole
Dale Dye ... SWAT Lieutenant
Katrina Law ... Kate
J.E. Freeman ... Police Commander
Mario Van Peebles ... Henry Jones
Jullian Dulce Vida ... Luis Rivera
Alex Madison ... Maria (as Gail Monian)
JoNell Kennedy ... Cathy (as Jo Nell Kennedy)
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On the 28th of February, 1997, two men armed with AK-47 machine guns try to pull a heist at the Bank of America in North Hollywood, but their plan fails and they are kept under siege by the LAPD. During the ensuing forty-four minutes, Los Angeles witnesses live on television one of the greatest shoot-outs in American history. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The most intense shoot-out in LAPD history See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and bloody images | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shootout See more »

Filming Locations:

La Habra, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place on February 28, 1997. See more »

Goofs

When the police are acquiring AR-15s from the gun store, and transporting them in the shopping cart it's easy to see the bayonet lugs. The real North Hollywood Shootout took place in 1997, three years into the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, which, among other things, banned the sale of new firearms with attached bayonet lugs and other cosmetic features. There's no way these guns would have bayonet lugs like they do in the movie. See more »

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Frank McGregor: Ninety percent of cops go through their whole career without ever firing their gun. That day, that was roughly 1500 rounds fired. We were armed with pistols. These guys were slinging automatic machine guns. An AK-47 machine gun is a weapon that was designed for war. A high-velocity round invented to penetrate armor and kill their target. You use them in a bank job, and you've done something no one in America had ever done before. Danger's all around us. In the streets. In the car. ...
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References Heat (1995) See more »

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Solid cable movie
22 April 2004 | by snake77See all my reviews

I watched this on cable the other night and was very pleasantly surprised. It's well done, with solid acting from old pros Madsen and Van Peebles and very tight directing. The documentary style works well, and unlike most cops vs. robbers movies it shows the motivation and thoughts of the bad guys without glorifying them. It's obviously a bit of a PR piece for the LAPD, but it also makes some really good points about the availability of assault weapons and the failings of the justice and political system in keeping crooks from getting them. The locations used in the movie were the actual locations where the shootout took place, and this added immeasurably to the realism of the story. This film is a real cut above most cable fare and is really worth watching.


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