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25th Hour

(DVD - 2003 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Monty Brogan is facing a seven year prison sentence for dealing drugs. On the night before he has to go to jail, he decides to go out with his friends one last time, and re-examines his life in the process.
Title: 25th hour
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] : Touchstone Home Entertainment ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2003], c2002
Edition: Widescreen version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (135 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Touchstone Pictures presents a 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks production an Industry Entertainments/Gamut Films production, a Spike Lee Joint ; producers, Tobey Maguire, Julia Chasman, Spike Lee, Jon Kilik ; screenplay writer, David Benioff ; director, Spike Lee
Notes: Based on the book by David Benioff
Special features: deleted scenes; inside look at Spike Lee's evolution as an American filmmaker; audio commentary with Spike Lee and David Benioff; Ground zero, a tribute
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: Monty Brogan is facing a seven year prison sentence for dealing drugs. On the night before he has to go to jail, he decides to go out with his friends one last time, and re-examines his life in the process.
Alternate Title: Twenty-fifth hour
ISBN: 078884573X
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama TWENTY
Credits: Director of photography, Rodrigo Prieto ; editor, Barry Alexander Brown ; original music, Terence Blanchard ; costume designer, Sandra Hernandez ; production designer, James Chinlund.
Performers: Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper, Rosario Dawson, Anna Paquin, Brian Cox.
Physical Form Available: Also issued on VHS
System Details: DVD, Dolby, Region 1 encoding
Other Language: Closed-captioned; English or French language track
Subject Headings: Drug traffic Drama Drug dealers Drama Male friendship Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Drug traffic
Drug dealers
Male friendship
Publisher No: 30582 Touchstone Home Video
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Monty Brogan is facing a seven year prison sentence for dealing drugs. On the night before he has to go to jail, he decides to go out with his friends one last time, and re-examines his life in the process


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Aug 16, 2013
  • AGuyInAHat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'll be honest, the only reason I watched this film was because of the famous five-minute 'Love Letter to New York' scene, in which Edward Norton's character Montgomery Brogan bleeds out all of his rage and hatred for New York on the night before his nine year imprisonment in Otisville. That scene alone is worth watching even if you think the rest of the movie is crap, thankfully the scene is not the only great thing in this great film. The film pretty much is about a man whose entire life is destroyed and frayed to pieces in one entire day, and in that whole day we see everything and everyone he is going to lose and how they react to the situation. It all comes down to light and hope where there isn't any to be found, Monty Brogan made a huge mistake and now must leave it all behind for nine years, to tell you the truth, if that were me, I'd tell everyone I'd know to go to hell too, it make saying good-bye a whole lot easier.

Apr 08, 2011
  • kenmcelroy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thought this movie was well written and well paced out. I thought it was especially well filmed, that scene where PSH comes out of the john after kissing his student was awesome. Barry Pepper's character was believable and Ed Norton was well, Ed Norton. All and all a good film

May 21, 2010
  • Muswat rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Classic Spike Lee Direction and post production.

Dec 06, 2009
  • fmaack rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A movie about brotherhood and life in New York City after 9/11. It starts out okay but it completely drags in the second half. The central character is played by Edward Norton, it's revealed early on that he's going to jail. It's all a very thinly veiled metaphor for New York City's loss of innocence after 9/11. Life will go after he gets back from jail or so most of his closest friends think. "Don't forget where you're from", blah blah blah.

The characters are New York City tough guy clichés. The thug played by Norton, the Russian thug who struggles with English. The girlfriend played by Rosario Dawson wasn't very convincing.

The only character I really liked was the one played by Phillip Seymor Hoffman and he was underused and pretty much a B-plot character. His relationship with a young student of his had little to do with the plot and nothing to do with Norton.

By the end there's a long rambling speech by Norton's on screen father about how he will rise up and come back. It's pretty much all about NYC and what will happen in the months after 9/11. I guess Spike Lee didn't expect an illegal war that would last decades to follow 2 years later. I can't fault him for being a bit naive but I can fault him for this flawed movie.

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Sep 29, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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