Nick of Time (1995)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  22 November 1995 (USA)
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An unimpressive, every-day man is forced into a situation where he is told to kill a politician to save his kidnapped daughter.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ms. Jones
Brendan Grant
Krista Brooks
Officer Trust
Mystery Man
Gustino (Guest Services)
Edith Diaz ...
Irene (Domestic Maintenance)
Armando Ortega ...
Hector (Guest Services)
C.J. Bau ...
Cynthena Sanders ...
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Gene Watson is a public accountant who arrives on a train at Union Station in Los Angeles, accompanied by his 6-year-old daughter Lynn. Because of his ordinary looks, he is approached by a pair of sinister people named Smith and Jones. Pretending to be cops, Smith and Jones kidnap Lynn and confront Gene with a simple choice -- kill California governor Eleanor Grant in 90 minutes or less, or Lynn will die. Watson is given a gun, six bullets, and a name tag, and he is told to go to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and kill Eleanor, who is giving an afternoon speech. While Jones is watching Lynn in a van, Smith watches Watson in order to prevent Watson from alerting the authorities. Watson must quickly find some way to get himself and Lynn out of this seemingly impossible situation. Written by Todd Baldridge

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Ninety minutes. Six bullets. No choice. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 November 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gegen die Zeit  »

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$8,169,363 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Unusual for a feature, the film has only one major establishing shot. See more »


Huey (the shoeshine man) tells Watson that he was wounded while serving in the Army Artillery Corps. First, the Artillery is a branch, not a corps. Second, Huey wears a Combat Infantryman's Badge on his vest. That award is given only to infantry troops. See more »


Mr. Smith: There was this guy, big guy, Irish-Italian, red-faced, black-haired, jolly son of a bitch...
[Gene turns away slightly]
Mr. Smith: ...wait a second: nobody could make me laugh like him. He made a science of collecting jokes. We closed more bars together than I could count. And he was a pal. I loved the crazy mick, and I'm not ashamed to say that, but he was a fuck-up. He had this image of himself, he thought he was a con man. Always trying to shave the edge. Nickel and dime. I'll always miss him. Tell me ...
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References The Long Goodbye (1973) See more »


Written by Ralph Gingery
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Suspenseful and Entertaining.
12 December 1998 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

I've read a lot of poor reviews for this movie. I don't understand it. The move is very good, it's not a 5 star movie, but it's still good. Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood) stars as an average guy whose wife has just recently died. One day on the way home, Depp and his daughter are kidnapped by two people, one of them being Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter, The Dead Zone). They tell him that his daughter will die if he doesn't kill a certain person. He soon finds out that this person is the Governor of his state. They give him a gun and tell him that if she's not dead by a certain time his daughter is dead. This is a great premise for a suspense movie and is carried out very well. The great Charles S. Dutton (Rudy, Mimic) plays a shoe-shiner who helps Depp. Depp is solid as the father in a role that's different from a lot of his earlier roles. The always excellent Walken is, as usual, awesome as the bad guy, a role I always love to see him in. The film keeps you going, by offering a couple of nice twists. Ignore the reviews and rent this movie.

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