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 »

Director:

Writers:

, (screenplay) (as Peter Y. Choi) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The brains of a Russian taxi driver and a wealthy businessman are brought together in one body by a mad scientist.

Director: Bruce Campbell
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Tamara Gorski, Ted Raimi
Menno's Mind (1997)
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Menno is a computer programmer at The Resort, an enormous funhouse where people can live out their fantasies in virtual reality. Feeding their personal data into a software program called ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Kroll
Stars: Billy Campbell, Stephanie Romanov, Corbin Bernsen
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Reclusive vampires lounge in a lonely American town. They wear sun cream to protect themselves. A descendant of Van Helsing arrives with hilarious consequences.

Director: Anthony Hickox
Stars: David Carradine, Morgan Brittany, Bruce Campbell
Going Back (1984)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 1964 two high school friends, Brice and Cleveland leave their suburban neighborhood in Michigan to spend the summer in the countryside before going off to college. They are befriended by... See full summary »

Director: Ron Teachworth
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Christopher Howe, Perry Mallette
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In the seedy part of Los Angeles, a man who writes poetry has spent six months without leaving his apartment because of his paranoid delusions involving sadistic doctors, rappers, and ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Becker
Stars: Ted Raimi, Deborah Foreman, Bruce Campbell
The Ice Rink (1998)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A film director tries to cope with his frantic producer, too-amorous actors, and a disaster-prone crew as he rushes to get his deeply symbolic hockey movie "Dolores" done in time for the ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Philippe Toussaint
Stars: Tom Novembre, Mireille Perrier, Dolores Chaplin
Alien Apocalypse (TV Movie 2005)
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

An astronaut doctor Ivan Hood and his fellow astronaut Kelly return from their mission in space to find the world has been taken over by aliens. Now Dr. Ivan Hood and Kelly must lead a ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Becker
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Renée O'Connor, Remington Franklin
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
Comedy | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Elvis and JFK, both alive and in nursing homes, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy.

Director: Don Coscarelli
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Ella Joyce
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

B Movie Legend Bruce Campbell is mistaken for his character Ash from the Evil Dead trilogy and forced to fight a real monster in a small town in Oregon.

Director: Bruce Campbell
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Grace Thorsen, Taylor Sharpe
Timequest (2000)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A story about a man who travels back in time to Fort Worth, Texas on November 22, 1963 and prevents the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Director: Robert Dyke
Stars: Victor Slezak, Caprice Benedetti, Vince Grant
Mindwarp (1992)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A young woman in a post-apocolyptic world rebels against the status quo, in which everyone lives their lives out in a virtual reality fantasy world of their own choosing... With ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barnett
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Angus Scrimm, Marta Martin
Assault on Dome 4 (TV Movie 1996)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Low-budget Die Hard clone in which mad terrorist Alex Windham takes over a small scientific community on another planet and forces Dome 4's inhabitants to build him some bombs. Windham is ... See full summary »

Director: Gilbert Po
Stars: Joseph Culp, Bruce Campbell, Jocelyn Seagrave
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Carl
Jeremy Roberts ...
Patrick
...
Janie
...
Buzz (as Stan Davis)
...
Donny (as Gordon Jennison)
...
Warden
Dana Craig ...
Mr. Mueller
...
Prison Guard
Bridget Hoffman ...
Receptionist
Jules Desjarlais ...
Bagman (as Jules DesJarlais)
David Kirkwood ...
Security Guard
James Rose ...
Butch ...
Paul Harris ...
Jack Perez ...
Edit

Storyline

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 <mary@bronze.coil.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Time is Running Out!

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

March 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der fast perfekte Überfall  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$130,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(16 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Bagman: Remember, trust in the spirits. They're everywhere!
[gestures to heart]
Bagman: Especially in here.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in My Name Is Bruce (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Tight, well-made indy deserves more recognition
29 March 1999 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Made in the same all-in-one-take method that Hitchcock (who is thanked in the end credits) created for ROPE, RUNNING TIME is actually more inventive on some levels. Hitchcock shot his film on a stage at Warner Bros., but Becker's is made out in the streets of Los Angeles. Granted, Hitchcock didn't have the highly mobile, lightweight camera equipment available to Becker, but it couldn't have been easy shooting RUNNING TIME (amusing, punning title) from moving cars and on Los Angeles streets.

The script is taut and well-written, and occasionally quite amusing as the hold-up men squabble amongst themselves during the robbery. The movie is also unexpectedly romantic in a tough, ultra-film-noir manner (the hero and heroine have sex before they recognize each other from high school).

Becker also varies the style impressively at times, from a rock-steady, documentary-style approach at the beginning, to a more surrealistic sequence during the robbery, as the camera shifts wildly from one perspective to another.

The film didn't have much theatrical distribution, and is evidently available on video only from the director, but video stores should stock it. This is one of those movies whose reputation will increase in the years to come.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Not one continuous shot. redshift451
CHECK THIS OUT!! joemid99
Wow great! r_m_sport_guy
Not just from the director RecycledFunk
A very slick concept crashpix2
DVD? fzoid
Discuss Running Time (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?