Running Time (1997)

 |  Crime, Thriller  |  March 1997 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ...
Security Guard
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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Did You Know?


The name Carl Metushka comes from the brother-in-law of Shirley MacLaine's character in The Apartment (1960) 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 »


[Carl is walking past inmates on his way out of prison]
Inmate: Carl, my man!
Carl: Keep the faith, brothers! I'll look up on your wives and girlfriends and let 'em know you miss 'em!
Inmate: FUCK YOU!
Carl: ...not anymore.
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Referenced in Tainted (1998) See more »

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Stealing was in these guys blood
31 May 2004 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

Very enjoyable, oddball little shortie. When Carl got out of the pen after five years for theft, he and his idiotic best friend went directly into another heist. From the very start nothing went anywhere except the wrong way for these bungling losers. These stupids even hired a junkie as the getaway driver. Gad! When this caper went totally awry I thought Carl and his buddy should have had a lot more trouble getting away from the crime scene. They merely ran down pretty much deserted streets with no one chasing them even though three shooters were only seconds behind at one point. Although fun to watch the entire thing was just too unbelievable; no way these jackasses could have escaped the area without giving themselves away. Anita Barone was fine as the broken hearted hooker who badly needed to put her trust in someone.

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