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Mario
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Unassuming planning engineer David Webb finds himself on the Queen Elizabeth to New York with instructions to negotiate a high-powered loan. His lack of confidence means he is completely out of his depth, at least until he finds his personality changes every day during the hour the ship's clocks stop to make allowance for their westward passage. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Please " keep on keeping on" making movies like this one
29 October 2002 | by (alaska, usa) – See all my reviews

Based on a story by the prolific story teller Paul Gallico (Poseidon Adventure, Mrs. 'arris series, Thomasina, and Lili, to name a few), Next To No Time is an entertaining, enchanting, and good natured fantasy / drama about a shy, self-effacing man David Webb (Kenneth More) who has to clinch a high profile deal while on a West bound voyage on an ocean liner before the ship reaches New York. Aboard the vessel with his prospective clients, although he is bright and personable he lacks the self confidence to approach them with his proposal. His only source of support and encouragement is a photograph of his adoring fiancee with the inscription "keep on keeping on" - a testament to her unflinching faith in his ability to accomplish the task and her unwavering encouragement that he can count on. One night, sitting at the bar, David Webb notices that the clocks on the West bound ship are stopped for one hour each night to compensate for passage through the time zones. A steward jokes about how time stands still for an hour each night when nothing that one does during that time really "happens" or "registers". Webb realizes that this "timeless zone" - Next To No Time - may be the perfect time and quite possibly, his only chance, to pitch his proposal - for, if he fails, it wouldn't really be "happening". From then on, Webb is a changed man - at least for one hour every day - when he is most confident and persuasive in approaching his clients with the proposal. In a Cinderella-like way, he must accomplish what he must within the confines of the "enchanted hours" before it is too late. Does his plan work? If it does, is it magic? Or did he have it in him all along? And why don't they make simple movies like this one anymore?


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