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  • Actors: Edward Norton, Barry Pepper, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosario Dawson, Anna Paquin
  • Directors: Spike Lee
  • Writers: David Benioff
  • Producers: Edward Norton, Spike Lee, Jeff Sommerville, Jon Kilik, Julia Chasman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Russian, Estonian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Feb. 2004
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000TZ7GS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,146 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Monty Brogan [Edward Norton] has one day to put his life in order before starting a seven year prison sentence for drug dealing. On this day he tries to set things right with estranged father [Brian Cox] and heads out of town with his friends Jacob [Philip Seymour Hoffman] and Slaughtery [Barry Pepper]. Being in touch with his old friends again makes him reconsider his life choices. Is it too late to change?

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Mackenzie on 23 Dec. 2003
Format: DVD
When I got the chance to see 25th hour, I wasn't expecting much. I'm not a big fan of Spike Lee, and seeing his latest offering didn't appeal to me. However, on seeing this film, my opinion has changed.
25th Hour is a slightly dark film. Monty (Norton, superb throughout) has 24 hours before he is sent to jail for 7 years. Before he goes, he's desperate to rekindle his relationship's with his father (Brian Cox) and his two best friends (Pepper and Hoffman). At the same time he has to try and figure out who tipped off the police, and inturn sent him to jail. Suspicious of his girlfriend (Dawson), he has an interesting day ahead of him.
What I found enjoyable with this film was the relationships between the characters. You could easily emote with all of them, feeling sympathy for Monty and his girlfriend, as well as sensing the awkward situation his friends and father in.
Needless to say, the day is very interesting as Monty goes through all the emotions he can, while enjoying himself. But it's the ending that makes this film for me. Completely unexpected but genuinely rewarding for the audience. I recommend this film very highly if you like strong gritty drama's. The actors are superb and overall this is a thoroughly enjoyable film.
4* (Watch if you enjoyed: Risky Business, Donnie Darko or Rules of Attraction - it's a drama about people in precarious situations, and their relationships between one another).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Moore VINE VOICE on 14 Jan. 2004
Format: DVD
Monty (Edward Norton) is a drug dealer and a lifelong New Yorker. When the law finally catches up with him, he is looking at a considerable jail term. As his day of judgement looms, all is left is to say his farewells to family and friends.
This is a great film. Monty’s story makes you think of friendships, loyalties and loved ones. Its about the choices we make in life and their possible consequences. Its about ‘what ifs’ and wrong roads gone down.
Edward Norton (‘American History X’) is as ever excellent. Philip Seymour Hoffman (‘The Talented Mr Ripley’) and Barry Pepper (‘The Green Mile’) as Monty’s pals are equally believable. Spike Lee’s direction is spot on, keeping things interesting and edgy. Some nice editing techniques too.
One minor criticism is the storylines assertion of what is likely to happen to Monty once incarcerated. This has, perhaps, been a little over used in ‘prison’ films.
To sum up, an excellent film and a DVD I intend to buy. The ending is memorable and poignant.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 July 2004
Format: DVD
A real thinking man's drama, 25th Hour doesn't hammer metaphors or character motivations through the viewers skull, the intelligent and gripping screenplay seeks to flesh out the character of Monty Brogan and his 'real friends' and 'cham friends' in Monty's final 24 hours of freedom before a 7 year jail sentence for drug dealing.
Yes, the protagonist is not only a drug dealer who has made a great deal money from his trade, he's also been arrested and sentenced - not a great deal for the audience to root for.
However, it's testament to Norton's performance and Lee's direction that what could have been a by the numbers "loser seeks redemption" feature ends with genuine feelings of sympathy for such a complicated character. The final scene, where Monty's dad (an assured Brian Cox) drives Monty to jail, is an absolute stand out, with a beautifully realised 'what if' segment and a final line that resonates long after the film has finished.
Lee excels by ably increasing Monty's dread while making the film a visual treat (the nightclub scene showcases his unique brilliance). By adding the aftermath of 9/11 to the script (one scene takes placed looking at the twin towers' site), Lee also seeks to address New York's feelings on the post 9/11 recovery, intertwined (but not heavily handed) with Monty's predicament in as subtle and intelligent way as I have seen done.
The supporting cast are all pivotal cogs to the film, backed up by Benioff's in turns blistering and moving script. Pepper and Hoffman's scenes together, for example, subtly give you a full understanding of their characters histories over 2 scenes containing dialogue that's at times hilarious and brutal, while Rosario Dawson is stunning and vulnerable as the wronged / wrong-doing Naturelle.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Russell H. Gillies on 4 Jan. 2004
Format: DVD
I came across this title after reading up on it, being a big fan of both Spike Lee films, and in particular Mr Edward Norton, I waited long and hard for it, and it certainly paid off. 25th Hour is quite simply brilliant. Fair enough it's not going to sweep the box office, and it doesn't have a particuarly large budget, yet what it does have is some superb performances, a brilliant screenplay and some wonderful cinematography, and exceeded all my expectations.
Ed Norton, once again provides a sensational performance, often rolling off 5 minute+ dialogue's with shear emotion and power, that the viewer becomes engrossed in the character. With a great supporting cast, such as phillip seymour hoffman and in particular, I was very impressed by Barry Pepper, his character was very diverse, but he played it so beautifully, certainly one to look out for.
Every character in the film has individuality, and in their own way show their complexitities of the meaning of life throughout the film. The scenario and story is quite brilliant, and your left thinking of what you would do in the same situation. The ending is shocking, and left very open, which leaves you thinking for hours after. This film comes very highly reccomended to anyone. It's easily one of the best film's I have seen in the last few years, I just hope Edward Norton does not sellout in which so many great actors have, if he keeps executing great performances like this, I cannot wait to see him again. Superb Film, watch it!
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