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Running Time (1997)

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Running Time was filmed in black and white, in real time, and seemingly takes place in one continuous, fluid shot. It's a little like Hitchcock's "Rope," but it's on location! Carl, an ... See full summary »



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Jeremy Roberts ...
Buzz (as Stan Davis)
Donny (as Gordon Jennison)
Dana Craig ...
Mr. Mueller
Prison Guard
Bridget Hoffman ...
Jules Desjarlais ...
Bagman (as Jules DesJarlais)
David Kirkwood ...
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James Rose ...
Butch ...
Paul Harris ...
Jack Perez ...


Running Time was filmed in black and white, in real time, and seemingly takes place in one continuous, fluid shot. It's a little like Hitchcock's "Rope," but it's on location! Carl, an ex-con who sets out to rob the prison laundry system where he worked for 5 years (while in the pen), has spent ten years in prison planning the ultimate heist. Upon his release, he meets up with a high school buddy, who's made all the arrangements for the job, and rented him a hooker for his first encounter in a decade with a real girl. After picking up the safecracker and their getaway driver, they've got twenty minutes to pull off the perfect heist...but soon everything falls apart before Carl's eyes. He might still get the girl, though! Written by Scary Mary <>

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Time is Running Out!


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Release Date:

March 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der fast perfekte Überfall  »

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$130,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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The film was shot, entirely in order, in 10 days, with the last day ending at 10 AM. See more »


About 41:50 into the movie, Carl ducks behind a large garbage can. A police car drives down the street, and the camera man with camera is reflected on the police car's window. See more »


Patrick: I'm not stupid. I'm smart.
Carl: Oh yeah, you're smart! You failed every fucking class! You were in remedial everything! You flunked fucking gym!
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Referenced in Tainted (1998) See more »

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The best real time movie I've seen
1 January 2006 | by (Austria, Vienna) – See all my reviews

This is an amazing movie. I popped the DVD into my player expecting a typical Bruce Campbell b-movie, but "Running Time" turned out to be much more than that. It succeeds on every level. Bruce Campbell shines in the leading role. I just love this man. This has got to be one of his best movies, right up there with the "Evil Dead" trilogy and "Bubba Ho-Tep". Actually, the whole cast is great. I especially fell for Anita Barone who I'd like to see in a lot more movies in the future. I won't spoil it for you, but watch out for her first meeting with Bruce Campbell's character in the movie. It's hilarious.

"Running Time" is shot in beautiful black and white, which gives the movie a film noir feeling. The script is written very cleverly with some witty dialog and tight pacing. From the beginning we are drawn into the story. The old real time formula works here for a change, although the concept does sometimes lead to a few lengths here and there. Still, the movie is far from ever getting boring and at 70 minutes running time "Running Time" (haha) is maybe even a bit too short. Doesn't matter. For me this one is an overlooked sleeper. If you get a chance, watch it!

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