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
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
When Watson pulls the Governor's picture from the envelope, we can see through the photo, revealing that the face is visible to him. In the next shot, Watson starts pulling when only the hairline is visible. See more
Don't run off now, sweetpea. Stay close to daddy.
References The Long Goodbye
Bouncin' at the Bonaventure
Written and Performed by Michael Lang See more