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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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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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Within 90 minutes, someone is going to die... And the clock is ticking. See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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22 November 1995 (USA)  »

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Gegen die Zeit  »

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$8,169,363 (USA)
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The bulk of the movie was shot almost entirely hand-held using combinations of multi-camera and Steadicam set-ups. Even during the few actual dolly tracking sequences, the camera was hand-held and operated from a dolly by a seated cameraman. See more »

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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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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 Dead Zone (1983) See more »

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Celebration
Written by Ronald Bell, Claydes Smith, George Funky Brown (as George Brown),
Robert Kool Bell (as Robert Bell), James Taylor, Eumir Deodato, Robert Spike Mickens (as Robert Mickens),
, Earl Toon & Dennis D.T. Thomas (as Dennis Thomas)
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A good if far fetched premise makes this movie oddly watchable.
24 August 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

An young accountant Gene Wilson (Johnny Deep) arrived at L.A.'s Union Station with his daughter (Courtney Chase). From the moment, they arrived, two mysterious strangers (Oscar-Winner:Christopher Walken and Roma Maffia) separate him from his daughter. One of them proposed Gene to assassinate a government official (Marsha Mason) or else, they will murder his daughter.

Directed by John Badham (The Hard Way, Short Circuit, Stakeout) made an entertaining, clever if barely believable. suspense thriller that was filmed in "real time". Which it doesn't always paid off, especially the director used endless close-up of clocks. Which does at times makes this movie claustrophobic but not enough. This was one of the major box office flops and critical disappointments of 1995. But the picture plays surprisingly better on video and went on to have a sort of a cult following years later.

DVD has an fine anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1) transfer and an good-Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD's only extra is the theatrical trailer. What makes this flawed movie watchable is a game cast, sometimes amusing dark sense of humour and a few good moments of genuine suspense. But at times, the film nearly falls apart from the unlikely false plot moment near the third act and an unsatisfying conclusion. Despite all this, this is a well directed picture that certainly worth a look of this truly real mixed bag film. Written by Patrick Sheane Duncan (Courage Under Fire, A Home of Our Own, Mr. Holland's Opus). (*** ½/*****).


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