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Nick of Time (1995)

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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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Gustino (Guest Services)
Edith Diaz ...
Irene (Domestic Maintenance)
Armando Ortega ...
Hector (Guest Services)
C.J. Bau ...
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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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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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Box Office


$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,781,601, 26 November 1995, Limited Release

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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 actually blows his cover for pretending to be deaf in front of Mr. Smith, and gets away with it. When Smith tells Huey that he remembers a shoe shine to cost two bits, Huey responds with a head nod and a slight grunt. See more »


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Riveting thriller with an excellent cast
1 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

Johnny Depp takes a break from his usual roles as outcasts, in this playing a clean-cut accountant who travels by train back to LA with his daughter after the wake of his deceased ex-wife. Upon entering the station, 2 people show him a police badge, take him into a van, and blackmail him into assassinating the governor in one hour or else they'll kill his daughter.

The remainder of the entire movie takes place in a hotel where the paranoid atmosphere gives clues about how big the conspiracy is and the political motives behind it; with nearly everyone keeping their eye on him and very little time, he's faced with the difficult task of getting out of this situation.

A must-see if you like edge of your seat excitement and an excellent cast, with Depp (great as Gene Watson), Marsha Mason, Charles S. Dutton, and Christopher Walken, playing the most despicable bad guy since Laurence Olivier in "Marathon Man".

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