25th Hour

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

25th Hour (Touchstone Movie)

“25th Hour” is a drama film released in 2002, directed by Spike Lee and based on the novel of the same name by David Benioff. The film delves into themes of regret, redemption, and the consequences of one’s choices.

The story follows Monty Brogan (played by Edward Norton), a charismatic young man who has been convicted of drug dealing and is facing a seven-year prison sentence. The movie is set in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in New York City, adding a poignant backdrop to the narrative.

As Monty prepares to surrender himself to prison, he has one last night of freedom before his incarceration. He spends this final evening with his loyal and supportive friends Jacob (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Frank (played by Barry Pepper), as well as his caring girlfriend Naturelle (played by Rosario Dawson).

Throughout the night, Monty reflects on his life and the choices that have led him to this point. He grapples with feelings of anger, regret, and bitterness, wondering if he could have done things differently. The film explores Monty’s internal struggle as he faces the reality of his situation and contemplates the paths he could have taken.

As the night progresses, Monty also confronts his father James (played by Brian Cox), a retired firefighter, whose own dreams were never fulfilled. Their emotional confrontation adds another layer of complexity to the film’s exploration of family dynamics and generational legacies.

“25th Hour” is praised for its raw and honest portrayal of human emotions and the exploration of complex characters. Edward Norton’s performance as Monty Brogan is especially lauded for its depth and intensity, as he conveys the inner turmoil and conflicting emotions of his character.

Spike Lee’s direction infuses the film with his signature style, incorporating thought-provoking visuals and social commentary, particularly in the context of post-9/11 New York City.

The film’s exploration of themes such as redemption, second chances, and the impact of one’s choices resonates with audiences, making it a thought-provoking and emotionally powerful viewing experience.

Overall, “25th Hour” is a compelling and emotionally charged drama that delves into the human psyche and examines the complexities of life, love, and regret. It serves as a poignant reminder of the consequences of our actions and the importance of self-reflection, making it a standout film in Spike Lee’s impressive filmography.

Additional Details


  • Edward Norton: Montgomery “Monty” Brogan
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman: Jacob Elinsky
  • Barry Pepper: Frank Slaugherty
  • Rosario Dawson: Naturelle Riviera
  • Anna Paquin: Mary D’Annunzio
  • Brian Cox: James Brogan
  • Tony Siragusa: Kostya Novotny
  • Levan Uchaneishvili: Uncle Nikolai
  • Tony Devon: Agent Allen
  • Misha Kuznetsov: Senka Valghobek
  • Isiah Whitlock, Jr.: Agent Flood
  • Michael Genet: Agent Cunningham
  • Patrice O’Neal: Khari
  • Al Palagonia: Salvatore Dominick
  • Aaron Stanford: Marcuse
  • Marc H. Simon: Schultz
  • Armando Riesco: Phelan


  • Director: Spike Lee
  • Producers: Tobey Maguire, Julia Chasman, Spike Lee and Jon Kilik
  • Screenplay: David Benioff

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