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Down Time (2001)

 -  Drama | Crime  -  18 March 2003 (USA)
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A street hustler who makes all the wrong moves finds himself doing hard time in the penitentiary in this hard-edged drama. Slim is a small time drug dealer who tries to make that one big ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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Slim (as William Van Nolan)
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Paulie
Sam McBride ...
Sammytown
Joy Garner ...
Gina
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Kc
Kevon Kane ...
RJ
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Eddie the Pimp
David Berkson ...
Hillbilly
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Frank
Mario Montes ...
Big Mario
David Dyno Rocha ...
Mexican Gang Leader
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Mike
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Johnny Boy
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James Bolko ...
SWAT Officer 7
Jeff Guerrero ...
SWT Officer 4
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A street hustler who makes all the wrong moves finds himself doing hard time in the penitentiary in this hard-edged drama. Slim is a small time drug dealer who tries to make that one big deal that is going to put him on easy street. With his partner in crime Paulie they think they have a major dope deal set up but unfortunately for them the deal goes terribly wrong and they are lucky to come away with their lives. They get busted and Slim later finds out that Paulie testified against him to save his own skin. Slim's best efforts at plea-bargaining still leave him with a eight year sentence in San Quentin one of California's most notorious prisons. Slim quickly discovers that life in prison is divided along strict racial lines. Slim does his best to stay away out of all the racially inspired violence and stay to himself. But one of his fellow convicts KC pulls a dope fiend move that puts Slim on the enemies list of Sammytown, who is the brutal leader of the prison's white supremacist ... Written by Mike Miller

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Rated R for drug use, language, some violence and nudity
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Now this is Indie Film Making!
30 January 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews



I am a big fan of low budget independent filmmaking and Sean

Wilson (11) Down Time is a maverick achievement. Shot on a

shoe string budget (check the stats), this is no Hollywood action

film, but what you get is from the gut film making. Gritty

performances by WilliamVan Nolan and Sam McBride make this a

stand out film in the low budget arena. Some of the card playing

scenes reminded me of the film Clerks (1994) with lots of off the

wall snappy dialogue. You could also compare it to some the jail

scenes in Jim Jarmusch's Down by law (1986) both films have

lots of long still shots that just kind of hand there and make you

feel the oppressive boredom of prison life. Sure there are some technical problems with this film and some

of the side characters acting is weak but you have to be able to

over look that. Down Time is what independent filmmaking is all

about.


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