15 Minutes script
15 Minutes (2001)
Synopsis: 15 Minutes is a 2001 American action crime thriller film starring Robert De Niro and Edward Burns. Its story revolves around a homicide detective (De Niro) and a fire marshal (Burns) who team up to stop a pair of Eastern European murderers (Karel Roden and Oleg Taktarov) who are videotaping their crimes in order to become rich and famous. The title is a reference to the Andy Warhol quotation, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes."

IMMIGRATION OFFICER

Excuse me?

EMIL:

He made joke, bad joke. First time on

airplane...

The SUPERVISOR comes over to see what the problem is:

IMMIGRATION OFFICER

Well, they've got valid visas, but they

don't have much money. Uh... and I'm

not...uh, I think there's a possibility

they may be coming to live and reside.

SUPERVISOR:

Look how long the line is. We gotta

move 'em out. I'll take them down to

secondary.

Emil looks at Oleg, pissed.

INT. P.B. HERMAN'S RESTAURANT - DAY

The place is empty except for one table at the end of the

bar. EDDIE FLEMMING, Manhattan's most famous detective, and

his savvy, black partner, LEON JACKSON are having cocktails.

Eddie is smoothly handsome, tough, smart and tired. Not only

is he the best homicide detective Manhattan has ever seen,

he's continually mentioned in New York columns and has been

the subject of several magazine articles. There's even been

a TV movie about one of his biggest cases. Leon has been

with Eddie a long time and was also featured in the TV movie.

Sitting with Eddie and Leon is ROBERT HAWKINS, host and star

reporter for the tabloid show, "Top Story." Hawkins is also

the best in the business and has dealt with them all: Joey

Buttafuco and Amy Fisher, Lorena Bobbit and OJ.

Wait staff bustles in the b.g. doing the morning set up.

Hawkins listens as Eddie, cigar in hand, finishes a "war

story" and a vodka tonic at the same time.

EDDIE:

So we're waitin' to hit this warrant -

we got Emergency Service with the heavy

weapons standin' by - ready to go. I

say, lemme get a cigar outta the car. I

go to get the cigar and BOOM! All the

sudden I turn around and a kid with a

shotgun let one go. Right where I was

standin'. That coulda been it. I

coulda had my head blown off and for

what? Some stupid kid got panicky,

takes the safety off and it's over. If

I hadn't gone back for that cigar - for

a bad habit - I would've had my head

blown off.

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John Herzfeld

John Herzfeld is an American film and television director, screenwriter, actor and producer. His feature film directing credits include Two of a Kind, 2 Days in the Valley, 15 Minutes and The Death and Life of Bobby Z. more…

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