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Five Minarets in New York (2010)

  • Rate: 6.0/10 total 6,901 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 3 November 2010 (Belgium)
  • Runtime: 119 min
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Five Minarets in New York (2010)


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  • IMDb page: Five Minarets in New York (2010)
  • Rate: 6.0/10 total 6,901 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 3 November 2010 (Belgium)
  • Runtime: 119 min
  • Filming Location: Bitlis, Turkey
  • Budget: $12,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $21,000,000(Worldwide)
  • Director: Mahsun Kirmizigül
  • Stars: Haluk Bilginer, Danny Glover and Gina Gershon
  • Original Music By: Tevfik Akbasli  Yildiray Gürgen  Mahsun Kirmizigül   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby
  • Plot Keyword: New York | Agent | Turkish | Istanbul Turkey | Subway

Writing Credits By:

  • Mahsun Kirmizigül (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Director Mahsun Kirmizig├╝l worked on this project for 12 years.
  • Director Mahsun Kirmizig├╝l spent all the profit he made from his first and previous two movies on the making of this one.

Goofs: Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): (At 14:07) Haci is praying the morning prayer which must be completed before sunrise (or else it is void). Bright daylight is clearly visible when his prayer is interrupted by the federal agents.

Plot: Two Turkish anti-terrorist agents are sent to New York City on a mission to find and bring back the dangerous Islamic leader codenamed "Dajjal"… See more » |  »

Story: Two Turkish anti-terrorist agents are sent to New York City on a mission to find and bring back the dangerous Islamic leader codenamed "Dajjal", believed to be hiding in there. Working with the FBI and NYPD, the agents orchestrate the arrest of Hadji Gumus, a well-respected Muslim scholar and family man who years before fled to the United States after being released from a Turkish prison, where he served time for murder. This tale love, friendship, peace and prejudices, takes us on a journey seeking to answer the question of whether innocence or guilt even matters to one who lusts for vengeance.Written by Anonymous  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Mevlut Akkaya known as co-producer
  • Murat Tokat known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Haluk Bilginer known as Haci
  • Danny Glover known as Marcus
  • Gina Gershon known as Maria
  • Mahsun Kirmizigül known as Firat
  • Robert Patrick known as Becker
  • Mustafa Sandal known as Acar
  • Scott William Winters known as Jim
  • Sharrieff Pugh known as Stephens
  • Engin Altan known as Timur
  • Justine Cotsonas known as Jasmin
  • Ryan Silverman known as Thomas
  • Laine Rettmer known as Lisa
  • William Rueger known as Priest (as Rev. William Rueger)
  • Bob Ari known as Lawyer / Friedman
  • Hisham Tawfiq known as High Roller
  • James Chen known as Agent Lee
  • Michael Olajide Jr. known as Sugar Kane
  • James P. Anderson known as FBI Agent
  • Mohammed J. Ali known as Bike Messenger
  • Grace Capra known as Pedestrian
  • Peter Conboy known as Prison Guard
  • Ozer Hilmi known as Baki
  • Dave Neal known as FBI Swat Team
  • Ümit Okur known as Hamza (voice)
  • Bejay Rose known as High Roller
  • Hüseyin Avni Danyal known as Police Chief (uncredited)
  • Erturk Konca known as Congregation Member (uncredited)
  • Suna Selen known as Haci's Mother (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Bobby Diehl known as hair department head
  • Wendy Evans known as additional hair stylist
  • Michelle Kearns known as additional make-up artist
  • Mia Neal known as additional hair stylist
  • Lauzanne Nel known as additional make-up artist
  • Susan Schectar known as hairstylist for Gina Gershon
  • Susan Schectar known as key hair stylist
  • Diana Solomon known as key makeup artist
  • Nicole Wodowski known as makeup department head
  • Leo Won known as additional make-up artist

Art Department:

  • Serhat Altinen known as art assistant
  • Dincber Altun known as art assistant
  • Matthew Amenta known as property master
  • Jamie Arbuckle known as assistant props
  • Neslihan Arslan known as art department assistant
  • John Bellotti Jr. known as scenic artist
  • Jyota Bertrang known as additional props
  • Huseyin Beyaz known as assistant property master
  • Mike Biskupski known as props
  • Peter Bundrick known as head carpenter
  • Cemal Cengiz known as art assistant
  • Dogan Coban known as art assistant
  • Ekrem Defterli known as art assistant
  • Bahattin Demirkol known as art assistant
  • Mehuarrem Eliacik known as art assistant
  • Mustafa Erdem known as art assistant
  • Richard Hebrank known as construction coordinator
  • James Holroyd known as additional props
  • Nihat Karacol known as art assistant
  • Sila Karakaya known as art department assistant
  • James Kelleher known as set dresser
  • Laura Lerner known as scenic charge
  • Jason Lewin known as set dresser
  • Michael 'Winn' Lewis known as art intern
  • Michael B. Lewis known as set decoration production assistant
  • Michele Mayas known as camera scenic
  • Carlton McClarence known as set dresser
  • Michael Miller known as key construction grip
  • Daniel Neroda known as set dresser
  • Cihat Ozcanbay known as art assistant
  • Cihat Ozcanbay known as assistant property master
  • Erkan Ozdem known as assistant art director
  • Hatice Ozden known as assistant property master
  • Bob Provenzano known as leadman
  • Lee Shevett known as key construction grip
  • John Shimrock known as scenic artist
  • Songul Sonmez known as art assistant
  • Malcolm Sonsire known as set dresser
  • Celal Turan known as art assistant
  • Mehmet Turgut known as art assistant
  • Nicholas Tzorzis known as set dresser
  • Billy Vann known as second construction grip
  • Mecra Yazici known as art assistant
  • Cem Yildirim known as art assistant
  • Turgut Yorganci known as art assistant




Production Companies:

  • Boyut Film (presents)

Other Companies:

  • Digital Post Services  digital intermediate and mastering
  • Gray Krauss Des Rochers  legal services
  • Indiepay  payroll provided by
  • Point1Post  sound re-recording
  • Sessions Payroll Management  extras payroll services
  • Zound  sound post-production


  • Audio Visual Enterprises (2011) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Cinegraph (2010) (Australia) (theatrical) (as "New York'ta Bes Minare")
  • Just Film Distribution (2010) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Just Film Distribution (2010) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • DTP Entertainment (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Eagle Entertainment (2011) (Australia) (DVD) (as "The Terrorist")
  • Just Bridge Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Just Bridge Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Pinema (2010) (Turkey) (all media)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Osvaldo Andreaus known as rotoscope artist
  • Omer Serif Bilsel known as compositor
  • Ella Boliver known as digital compositor
  • Manuel Rey Gonzalez known as compositor
  • Manuel Rey Gonzalez known as visual effects supervisor
  • Sanem Z. Kayhan known as visual effects producer
  • John Mangia known as digital compositor
  • Pascal Nowak known as digital colorist
  • Alper Oktay known as digital compositor
  • Baran Sabuncuoglu known as digital compositor
  • Bulent Tanoba known as film scanning

Release Date:

  • Turkey November 2010 (Istanbul)
  • Belgium 3 November 2010
  • Germany 4 November 2010
  • Netherlands 4 November 2010
  • Turkey 5 November 2010
  • Greece 11 August 2011



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. ukaraca from Turkey
    30 Mar 2012, 12:34 am

    I have to say I strongly disagree with Mz Haneke, This is a solid -almost – Hollywood quality action movie bringing up the Islamofobyissue which was probably orchestrated by certain policy makers tocreate a terrorist enemy that they could use whenever they need one.Story's good, most of the actors acted well, the scenery and the actionscenes were very well shot indeed. The terrorist groups lookedterrifying to us Muslims as much as they would to Non-Muslims and Ibelieve what is told in the movie really touches to the reality. Iwatched it as I watched an episode of "24" and I'd like to congratulateall the people involved in the shooting of this film. And please… themultimillion dollar movie "The Expendables" -although I like everyactor in that movie very much – were more a disappointment for me forit's storyline and acting. If that was a blockbuster, "Five Minarets inNew York" is no less. And yes, I'm not a movie-critic, just amovie-goer but I do have a taste in films, I rarely admire much. Nicework!

  2. edemir81 from Turkey
    30 Mar 2012, 12:34 am

    The movie is totally overrated. There was a huge media support in theproduction process of the movie and this still continues. When you readthe reviews, you expect to see a Memento, Inception or Seven. Thereason for media support is obvious but it is not the right place todiscuss. The scenario is very weak. The idea which the plot wasconstructed lacks rationality. The concern was always giving socialmessages with the assumption that all audiences are kindergartenstudents. At the end of the movie, I was totally dissatisfied. Not onlyin Turkey but also in the world, the hot topic is Islam and terrorismrelation. So Mahsun exploits this opportunity with this movie. Whatabout the famous actions scenes of the movie! I accept they are new forTurkish movie industry however you can easily see these scenes in abelow-average American movie. Mahsun and Mustafa performed terribly. Isit a must for Mahsun to be in all his movies? In the movie, his voicewas like singing an arabesque song.

  3. drfkilic from Turkey
    30 Mar 2012, 12:34 am

    acting; well done. especially fabulous & flawless Haluk Bilginer;theHadji, raised the limits of acting, theatrical! There were deepemotional scenes that will never forget. story; first half was so sobut the second, perfect finish. never bored, it was fluent. was a greatstory! actions scenes; first half was unexpectedly good with the helpof Hollywood assistance, there were no action scenes in the secondhalf. cinematography; some disturbances was present, story covered itwell. could be second looked. vs vs…

    there were many İslamic message scenes, salving the bad impression overworlds eye. But never disturbing and artificial .

    I would heartily recommend this movie to everyone; it is the bestTurkish, one of the best movies I've seen in years. You will not bedisappointed…

  4. Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    30 Mar 2012, 12:34 am

    In Istanbul, terrorists abduct executives, blow-up the car of ajournalist and plan five great attacks to the city. The violent policeofficer Firat Baran (Mahsun Kirmizigül) interrogates a terrorist andinforms that the responsible for the attacks is the leader codenamedDajjal that lives in New York under the identity of Hadji Gümüs (HalukBilginer). In New York, the bigoted FBI Special Agent David Becker(Robert Patrick) is assigned to arrest the well respected religious andfamily man Hadji, who has a store in Soho, in his apartment in front ofhis wife Maria (Gina Gershon). The police officers Firat and Acar Dogan(Mustafa Sandal) travel to New York to bring Hadji back to Turkey.

    While traveling to the airport under the custody of the two Turkishofficers, Hadji is rescued by his friend Marcus (Danny Glover) andmembers of the Muslin community. Then, Firat and Acar are captured andHadji proposes them to stay with him for a couple of days, and then hewould turn himself in and travel to Istanbul with the police officers.Firat and Acar realize that Hadji is a good man, but they are forced tobring him to Turkey. Once in Turkey, Hadji is interrogated and theofficers believe that he is innocent. But why Hadji was so afraid toreturn to Turkey?

    "Five Minarets in New York" is a magnificent story of intolerance,bigotry, ignorance and feud. The screenplay is very well writtenwithout flaws and there are sharp dialogs, like for example, theconversation between Becker and Acar when they are introduced to eachother at Becker's office. Further, the film uses few clichés and theplot is absolutely unpredictable.

    The cast has good performances and the haunting music score is awesome.I decided to see this film with low expectations since the Braziliantitle "Terrorismo em Nova Iorque" (meaning "Terrorism in New York")misleads the viewer. The grabber of this movie for me was Gina Gershon,an actress that I like a lot and I have not seen for a long time. Sheis almost fifty years old and is still a very beautiful woman. In theend I had a great surprise and I have watched a great film. My vote isnine.

    Title (Brazil): "Terrorismo em Nova Iorque" ("Terrorism in New York")

  5. Selanik84 from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 12:34 am

    After seeing the trailers and all media coverage I couldn't helpincreasing my expectations. Quite frankly Mahsun couldn't managed tomeet most of them..first of all, why all those gaps and shallowness!It's like a music video rather than a film, Mahsun does only touchesthe main story but never goes deep in it.. time to Be more original manif you want to speak out international, sorry but having one third offilm and cast in English never HELPs. Despite all, I still think hewill learn from his mistake and make better films,but I wish he didn'tand doesn't go that much commercial and cliché. After all, cinema isnot about SHOUTING OUT the message, it's an art of conveying themessage and let the audience figure it out..

  6. Jason C. ISIK from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 12:34 am

    I almost always choose saying "I don't like it" instead of "it'sbad"… However, I'm not going to hesitate saying awful for this movie!Unfortunately, this is worse than awful and definitely overrated.Mahsun Kirmizigul, Turkish arabesque singer-turned-movie director, isnot even close to be a story teller. I'm pretty sure so many Turkishpeople rated this movie around 6-10, just because of some big wordsspoken in the movie. Two brave Turkish cops versus FBI agents, and somebig words, blah blah blah, no doubt this movie flattered some sort ofego. But my friends, these things does not make a movie good! There areso many fine actors in this movie, and they all wasted. Mahsun'sterrible story telling awkwardly wastes your time. Dialogues arewritten like for a primary school stage play, connections between thescenes, well.. there are no connections. Mahsun's worries about givingsocial messages is exactly at the same level as his other movies "I Sawthe Sun" and "The White Angel"… Unfortunately he is giving thesemessages assuming the viewer is an idiot. If this movie is one of thefirst Turkish movies you've ever seen, please don't give up. Try someother Turkish directors, especially Yavuz Turgul, Cagan Irmak…

  7. zaferzipzip from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 12:34 am

    I don t know where to start, the premise is really promising ,but afterthe first 15 minutes , it becomes a mixture of everything. I think thedirector keeps repeating the same mistakes he had done before. Iunderstand and really respect his sensitivity on contemporary issues,but putting all his social , political etc concerns in one moviedoesn't really make a movie. Since he wants to say too many things ,the movie is overloaded with messages which only contribute nothingmore than a mess of two hours. Especially it becomes unbearable whenthe messages are sent with over-dramatization and weak storyline.

    The only positive thing I can say about the movie is the shots. Theshots are composed beautifully. Finally I'like to make a few humblesuggestions to the director. Please don't try to make us cry ,andplease focus on the main theme, I couldn't relate the way the storystarts and how it ends. You may want to make something close to reallife as much as possible ,but stories are not working that way, youneed to give up on things that are not needed in your own story.

    I needed to edit my review after reading some of things said by usershere. I realize Many users praise either the intention behind the movieor the message it tries to get across. Unfortunately neither of theseshould stand alone to make a conclusion on whether it is good or bad. Iloved the idea too ,but I didn't like the movie due to the distractingfactors. And one user said only people related to some religious kindof organizations can make such negative comments on it. i say only avery narrow-minded person can make such a comment.

  8. emrah-12
    30 Mar 2012, 12:34 am

    I recently had a chance to check the latest from director MahsunKirmizigul, and fully expecting it to be propaganda for Islam, got towatch a Turkish film with great performances and a thoughtful messageinstead. The film begins with a thrilling raid sequence in which thedirector displays all the skills of a Hollywood action director, andmaintains a fast pace until the second half of the film. FIVE MINARETSthen turns into a captivating drama. The acting is solid across theboard, especially veteran actors like Robert Patrick and Danny Glovercould have phoned it in but instead deliver sensible performances. Thisis miles beyond what Kirmizigul achieved with his previous directorialeffort, I SAW THE SUN. Here he has provided the audience with abona-fide blockbuster, and (if you can overlook a few schmaltzy scenes)he remains a director to follow.

  9. cinepix from London
    30 Mar 2012, 12:34 am

    I can't believe this movie has got 6.0/10 rating! People must be mad..Don't waste 2 precious hours of your life by watching this..

    I had the misfortune of actually buying a ticket to see this intheater, just to witness how awful this piece of **** is!

    One of the most overrated Turkish films..

    Acting is miserable.. Directing is all over the place.. It feels like acollection of many short videos than a movie.. Editing is bad..

    Stereotypical Mahsun Kirmizigul melodrama is there.. Singer turneddirector hits the iceberg this time.. I actually found his previousefforts pretty decent, but this is one genuinely useless movie..

    It's a disgrace to the art of cinema!

  10. too-limpy from Kuala Lumpur
    30 Mar 2012, 12:34 am

    This movie spared all effort to put into perspective the authoritypursuit of terrorists across the Atlantic. It successfully depicts thatdespite the claim that war against terrorism is not war against Islam,when vengeance underscore motivation, vindication transcends borders ofrespects. For a movie, it was well directed, well acted, and thepresentation quite successfully moved the audience to experience themultitude of human emotions that filled and colored the charactersportrayed in the movie. All in all, this movie is a gem that will givethe audience an alternative scenario and perspective in the fightagainst terrorism, especially given the the theater is filled to thebrim with the Hollywood version of anti-terrorism, that are oftendistorted and certainly one-sided.

    This movie attempted to put into light the true Islam, albeit there arefundamental differences to what some may argue as to the 'truer'teachings of Islam would otherwise preach, as opposed to the moresecular and somewhat liberated Islam as Turkey is practicing. While theattempt is commendable, the less informed audience may presume this istrue of Islam. Case in point, Turkey is about the only country thataccepts Muslims marrying Christian. But the well spoken message that aterrorist is automatically a non-Muslim, deserves an applaud.

    Needless, this movie is not about teaching. And for the entertainmentvalue, this movie is an outright winner.

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