Five Minarets in New York

November 3rd, 2010


Five Minarets in New York

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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"...

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 6.0/10 (6,672 voted)

Director: Mahsun Kirmizigül

Stars: Haluk Bilginer, Danny Glover, Gina Gershon

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.

Haluk Bilginer - Haci
Danny Glover - Marcus
Gina Gershon - Maria
Mahsun Kirmizigül - Firat
Robert Patrick - Becker
Mustafa Sandal - Acar
Scott William Winters - Jim
Sharrieff Pugh - Stephens
Engin Altan - Timur
Justine Cotsonas - Jasmin
Ryan Silverman - Thomas
Laine Rettmer - Lisa
William Rueger - Priest (as Rev. William Rueger)
Bob Ari - Lawyer / Friedman
Hisham Tawfiq - High Roller


Official Website: Official site [Turkey] |

Release Date: 3 November 2010

Filming Locations: Bitlis, Turkey

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $6,960,842 (Turkey) (8 November 2010)

Gross: $21,000,000 (Worldwide)

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Did You Know?

Director Mahsun Kirmizigül worked on this project for 12 years.

Errors in geography: (At 36:11) When praying in congregation by the East River (at Kent Street, Brooklyn, to be exact), they're facing Southeast, whereas the Qiblah direction in NYC is towards the Northeast. (58 degrees East of geographic North, to be exact.)

User Review

Definitely worth checking

Rating: 9/10

I have to say I strongly disagree with Mz Haneke, This is a solid - almost - Hollywood quality action movie bringing up the Islamofoby issue which was probably orchestrated by certain policy makers to create a terrorist enemy that they could use whenever they need one. Story's good, most of the actors acted well, the scenery and the action scenes were very well shot indeed. The terrorist groups looked terrifying to us Muslims as much as they would to Non-Muslims and I believe what is told in the movie really touches to the reality. I watched it as I watched an episode of "24" and I'd like to congratulate all the people involved in the shooting of this film. And please... the multimillion dollar movie "The Expendables" -although I like every actor in that movie very much - were more a disappointment for me for it's storyline and acting. If that was a blockbuster, "Five Minarets in New York" is no less. And yes, I'm not a movie-critic, just a movie-goer but I do have a taste in films, I rarely admire much. Nice work!


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