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
Ninety minutes. Six bullets. No choice.
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Did You Know?
One of the most remarkable film sequences involved one seamless take during which Johnny Depp
and Christopher Walken
board a glass-walled elevator and ride 35 floors to the top of L.A.'s Bonaventure hotel. Crammed into the confines of the elevator with the actors were, director John Badham
, cinematographer Roy H. Wagner
, focus-puller Todd Slyapich
, sound mixer Willie D. Burton
, boom operator Marvin E. Lewis
and script supervisor Barbara Thaxton
. Given the fact that the elevator was glass from top to bottom, was lit by 8 Kino Flo lamps, ensuring that camera and crew reflections were not captured on film was quite an exercise in and of itself. See more
At Union Station, when the security guard attempts to stop the rollerbladers, film lights can be seen through a window on the right. See more
There was this guy, big guy, Irish-Italian, red-faced, black-haired, jolly son of a bitch...
[Gene turns away slightly
...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 ...
Referenced in Baadshah
Bouncin' at the Bonaventure
Written and Performed by Michael Lang See more