25th Hour

Directed By: Spike Lee Starring: Edward Norton

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Can you change your whole life in one day?


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 40219514
UPC 786936218497
UPC 14 00786936218497
Format DVD
Release Date 4/25/2010
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
New York City
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Spike Lee's bracing adaptation of David Benioff's novel is a vibrant, vital motion picture. Edward Norton plays Monty Brogan, a harmless drug dealer who has 24 hours of freedom before serving a seven-year jail sentence. Nervous, confused, and terrified, Monty turns to his closest friends for support: Frank Slattery (Barry Pepper), a cocky stockbroker who resents Monty for throwing his life away; Jakob Elinsky (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a hapless high school teacher who is attracted to one of his students (Anna Paquin); and Monty's heartbroken father (Brian Cox), who blames himself for Monty's demise. And then there is Naturelle (Rosario Dawson), Monty's beautiful girlfriend, who may or may not be guilty of ratting Monty out to the cops. Monty spends his last day trying to ignore the inevitability of time, but everyone and everything only reminds him of the bleak, unpromising days that lay ahead.^With 25TH HOUR, Spike Lee revisits the fiery territory of 1989's DO THE RIGHT THING. Frustrated by Hollywood's cold shoulder toward the tragedy of September 11th, Lee attacks the subject with fervor, resulting in a film that brilliantly captures the mood and atmosphere in New York City in the months following the attack. The film features stellar contributions from composer Terence Blanchard, cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, and Lee's ensemble cast.
New York Times "...It produces a wrenching, dazzling succession of moods..." 12/19/2002 p.E3
Premiere "...Undeniably beautiful..." 02/01/2003 p.18-19
Entertainment Weekly "...The role plays right into Norton's gift for letting brainy anxiety detonate just beneath the surface of a scene....Lee, as he did in MALCOLM X and CLOCKERS, makes his hero's dread palpable..." 01/10/2003 p.53
Rolling Stone "...25TH HOUR is a riveting, emotionally resonant New York drama....Edward Norton is dynamite..." 02/06/2003 p.68
Sight and Sound "...Lee's use of space expertly evokes the general air of a city bereft..." 03/01/2003 p.58-9
Total Film "...An impressive, affecting return to form from one of Hollywood's finest filmmakers..." 05/01/2003 kp.98
Spike Lee
Edward Norton
Cast & Crew
Barry Pepper - Actor
Brian Cox - Actor
Anna Paquin - Actor
Edward Norton - Actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Actor
Rosario Dawson - Actor
Tony Siragusa - Actor
David Benioff - Based On Novel By
Rodrigo Prieto - Cinematographer
Spike Lee - Director
Barry Alexander Brown - Editor
Terence Blanchard - Musical Score
Tobey Maquire - Producer
Jon Kilik - Producer
Julia Chasman - Producer
Spike Lee - Producer
David Benioff - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 30582
UPC 00786936218497
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 135 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review With a slice-of-life film such as 25th Hour, there's always the challenge of how to end it. Lee and screenwriter David Benioff bring the film to a place of poetry, with a fantasy of America and open spaces that's slightly funny and mostly stirring and still very much about New York: The vision presented is not of America but of an America as dreamed of from inside New York's five boroughs.
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review This is one of those rare occasions when Lee has made a film with a predominantly white cast. Every actor in a significant role is superb, with special credit going to Norton. Hoffman and Pepper are solid, Dawson is wonderful, and Paquin makes us wish she would accept more acting jobs. However, Lee's decision not to focus on African American issues (arguably his "bread and butter")with 25th Hour does not necessarily equate to greater accessiblility for mainstream audiences. This is one of the director's most elliptical efforts, emphasizing atmosphere over plot. For patient viewers, the deliberate pace has its payoff--before long, you will begin to sense Monty's futility and desperation. 25th Hour is not a happy experience, and there are times when it seems to drag, but there's no denying that it lingers in the mind long after the impressions left by other movies have evaporated.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource San Francisco Examiner
Review ...the most impressive thing about 25th Hour is the shrewd and skillful way Lee inextricably intertwines text and subtext, catching all of his characters at a moment when their selfish concerns are increasingly overshadowed--whether they want to admit it or not--by events beyond their control.All of the supporting players are splendid, but Cox makes the most devastating impact, thanks to a final monologue in which James yearns for an alternative to a worst-case scenario. He gets the final line--"This life came so close to not happening!"--and its bittersweet irony resonates in your head long after the closing credits roll past.
Reviewer Joe Leydon
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Actor Norton,Edward
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Lou Lumenick, New York Post One of the year's finest films.
A.O. Scott, New York Times A wrenching, dazzling succession of moods. Mr. Lee gives the actors plenty of time and room to work, and their work is terrific.
Joel Siegel, Good Morning America 25th Hour is Spike Lee's best work. Edward Norton is an absolutely electrifying actor.

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