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Nick of Time (1995)

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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$33,000,000 (estimated)

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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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Once Gene Watson gets to the hotel and realizes who he's been sent to kill, he checks his watch. The watch in the closeup is a round watch. As we walks off and speaks to another person the watch on his arm becomes visible. It is a square faced watch. See more »

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Train Conductor: [Mr. Watson hears the train conductor shoutout to the Amtrak travelers] Los Angeles is next! Los Angeles is next! Please check under your seats.
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Referenced in The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #2.1 (1997) See more »

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When The Saints Go Marching In
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Pretty good little thriller
3 December 2001 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

"Nick of time" is directed by John Badham - man behind an amusing 70's classic "Saturday Night Fever". It was a funny and a jovial little flick but this one goes maybe just a little bit further. "Nick of time" is a splendid, action-packed and entertaining thriller and it creates lots of excitement by practically stealing good ideas from dozens of other thrillers but still keeping the own basic idea as unique as possible. Even though this isn't actually the greatest movie of Johnny Depp or Christopher Walken (mostly because they've appeared in too many unforgettable masterpieces) it's impossible to deny the fact that their roles in here are quite amazing.

Depp is great as an ordinary dad of a little girl who's facing the trial of his life and Walken has always been magnificent in the role of a villain. His mean performance as a blackmailer called Mr. Smith is just fabulous. Although "Nick of time" is basically an excellent stuff the idea of the film is unfortunately way too unbelievable. Could this actually happen and is this the way assassins work? Not necessarily... It won't bother too much if you just let the the increasing tension get a hold of you. Best thing of this movie is the fact that it's got absolutely nothing unnecessary in it and it certainly isn't over-long. Exquisite "Nick of time" is an interesting film and it does exactly what it's supposed to do. One of the most functional and successful thrillers of the mid-90's.


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