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Two-Minute Warning (1976)

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A psychotic sniper plans a massive killing spree in a Los Angeles football stadium during a major championship game. The police, led by Captain Peter Holly (Charlton Heston) and SWAT ... See full summary »

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Sgt. Button
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Sam McKeever
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Mike Ramsay
Marilyn Hassett ...
Lucy
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Steve
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Sandman
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Janet
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The Pickpocket
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Paul
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Al
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The Priest
Joe Kapp ...
Charlie Tyler
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Peggy Ramsay
Jon Korkes ...
Jeffrey
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A psychotic sniper plans a massive killing spree in a Los Angeles football stadium during a major championship game. The police, led by Captain Peter Holly (Charlton Heston) and SWAT commander Sergeant Button (John Cassavetes), learn of the plot and rush to the scene. Still, they may be too late, as an all-star cast finds itself lined up in the sights of a gun-toting madman. Written by Tim Tompkins <homerjer@hotmail.com>

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91,000 people. 33 exit gates. One Sniper... See more »

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12 November 1976 (USA)  »

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Pánico en el estadio  »

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2.35 : 1
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SWAT stands for "Special Weapons And Tactics". See more »

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When Pratt, the SWAT team member, is climbing up to the stadium lights platform, he is first shown in a long shot climbing up the fixed rung ladder attached to the platform's support pole. A close-up then shows Pratt climbing up the steel extension ladder that he used a moment before to ascend to the support pole. A wide shot then shows him ascending the fixed rung ladder on the support pole again. See more »

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Steve: He's a hell of a charmer. Just make sure his hair doesn't fall in your drink.
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References Ben Casey (1961) See more »

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Closer to reality now
30 December 2002 | by (Palatine, IL) – See all my reviews

A determined sniper is discovered by a TV crew in a scoreboard tower at a football game and how will police deal with the situation. The placement of S.W.A.T. sharpshooters on the light towers to take out the gunman would be the logical response since sneaking up on the guy might provoke him to shoot into the crowd.

I find this film to be a bit slow as stock characters are introduced and placed at the game. Once the sniper takes his position and becomes a threat, this film turns exciting, gritty and violent as shots are exchanged.

The fact that the shooter is faceless adds to the scariness of the situation. Who is this guy and what is his major malfunction?

The recent events in the Washington D.C. area add an air of reality to the movie. Previously no one would have believed that people were capable of such an ugly crime.

"Two-Minute Warning", aside from the formula melodrama, is a creepy thriller that might be a little too real now.


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