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16 Blocks (2006)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 3 March 2006 (USA)
An aging alcoholic cop is assigned the task of escorting a witness from police custody to a courthouse 16 blocks away. There are, however, chaotic forces at work that prevent them from making it in one piece.

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Cast

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Eddie Bunker (as Mos Def)
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Diane Mosley
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Capt. Dan Gruber
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Jerry Shue
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Touhey
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Kaller
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Ortiz
Hechter Ubarry ...
Maldonado
Richard Fitzpatrick ...
Deputy Commissioner Wagner
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Mike Sheehan
Michael F. Keenan ...
Ray Fitzpatrick (as Mike Keenan)
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Storyline

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... Written by Anonymous

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1 Witness... 118 Minutes... See more »


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Rated PG-13 for violence, intense sequences of action, and some strong language | See all certifications »

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3 March 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sixteen Blocks  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,855,260 (USA) (5 March 2006)

Gross:

$36,883,539 (USA) (21 May 2006)
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Trivia

Yasiin Bey's character has the name "Edward Bunker". Edward Bunker is a real life criminal turned actor (thus proving that people can change, in line with the theme of the movie), who appeared in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs (1992) and in Runaway Train (1985), which he also co-wrote. When he was sent to prison, Bunker was the youngest man there. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film NYPD Detectives are seen using Glock 17's which are not utilized by the NYPD, the pistols used by the NYPD are the Glock 19, the SIG-Sauer P226 and the Smith & Wesson 5946. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack Mosley: [tape recording] It's Detective Jack Mosley, Shield number 227. I guess this will be my last will and testament. This is for Diane. When this day is over, they're gonna come and talk to you about this and they're gonna... gonna tell you what happened, Diane. But what they tell you is not really what happened here. So I hope that you get this. I was trying to do a good thing.
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There are no opening credits save the title "16 BLOCKS". See more »

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References Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Besame
Written by Ed McCoyd (Spanish translation by Edwin Perez)
Performed by Mystico
Published by Ed McCoyd Music (SESAC)
Courtesy of Blast Music Management
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People Can Change
2 December 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In New York, the alcoholic and decadent detective Jack Mosley (Bruce Willis) is assigned to deliver a prisoner to the court sixteen blocks far from his precinct in 118 minutes. Eddie Bunker (Mos Def) made a deal with the D.A. office and will identify and testify against a dirty detective. While driving to the tribunal, Jack is attacked by a group of corrupt cops and protects Eddie.

In spite of being a flawed movie, "16 Blocks" is a good entertainment with lots of action and an optimistic, hopeful and commercial message in the end that people can change, with the redemption of Eddie and Jack. Mos Def irritates with his accent, and Bruce Willis is totally different from his usual shape, inclusive with a "tire" on his belly. It is funny to see all the damage caused by the bus in Manhattan and no press and no interventions of Ada MacDonald (Brenda Pressley), who was interested in the case. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "16 Quadras" ("16 Blocks")


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