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Real Time -- A gripping thriller about a hit man who gives a down-and-out compulsive gambler just one last hour to live.


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Randall Cole (screenplay)
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Real Time is a comedic drama about a compulsive gambler given one hour to live by the man hired to kill him.
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  (in credits order)

Randy Quaid ... Reuban

Jay Baruchel ... Andy Hayes

Jayne Eastwood ... Grandma
Lucy Filippone ... Prostitute
Jeff Pustil ... Donny
Ella Chan ... Kwan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jeff Teravainen ... Radio DJ (uncredited)

Directed by
Randall Cole 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Randall Cole  screenplay

Produced by
Paula Devonshire .... producer
Ari Lantos .... producer
Robert Lantos .... executive producer
Tyler Levine .... associate producer
Brian Mosoff .... co-producer
Mark Musselman .... executive producer
Julia Rosenberg .... producer
Pete Soltesz .... co-producer
Original Music by
Jim Guthrie 
Cinematography by
Rudolf Blahacek (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Pacek 
Gareth C. Scales 
Casting by
Deirdre Bowen 
Scout Masterson 
Production Design by
Rupert Lazarus 
Art Direction by
Deirdre Hughes 
Set Decoration by
Justin Craig 
Costume Design by
Alex Kavanagh 
Makeup Department
Ana Sorys .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Rachel Sutherland .... production supervisor
Jonathan Walker .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Beau Ferris .... third assistant director
Michal Page .... second assistant director
Bob Warwick .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Steph Carrier .... sound re-recording mixer
Herwig Gayer .... sound
Matthew McKenzie .... adr recording engineer
Mike Woroniuk .... sound re-recording mixer
Randy Butcher .... stunt double
Christopher Cordell .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Darren Boyce .... dolly grip
Darren Boyce .... key grip
Michael Cowan .... first assistant camera
Scott Cowan .... assistant camera
David Gibbons .... gaffer
Sophie Giraud .... still photographer
Kostya Gurlesky .... grip
Ken Huff .... grip
Alan G. Kelly .... camera trainee
Dino Laurenza .... camera operator: "b" camera
Anthony Police .... best boy grip
Jack Studzienny .... grip
Ken Woroner .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Eppstadt .... key wardrobe breakdown artist
Editorial Department
Dave Muscat .... digital intermediate editor
Mila Patriki .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
Amy Fritz .... music supervisor
Other crew
Ken Chubb .... story editor
Amy Cuthbertson .... production coordinator
Jim Dobson .... publicist
Lisa Ghione .... associate publicist
James Luscombe .... story editor
Philip Spurvey .... location manager
Bob Tarantino .... production legal
Larry David Wilson .... assistant production coordinator
Meredith Conacher .... special thanks
Jana Tomcko .... thanks

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Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references
USA:80 min (Slamdance Film Festival) | Canada:90 min
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38 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Best film I saw at Toronto International Film Festival, 11 September 2008
Author: Larry Tate from Canada

Real Time, the second feature of writer/director Randall Cole (19 Months) made its Canadian debut at the Toronto International Film Festival after being the opening night feature at the Slamdance Festival earlier this year.

Opening with a twitchy, expletive-laden, nervous tirade, Ottawa's Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up, Million Dollar Baby) gives the best performance of his young career as Andy Hayes; a doomed gambling addict bemoaning his constant bad luck.

Pulling up alongside Andy in his big black Town Car is Aussie ex-pat Reuben played by Randy Quaid (The Last Detail, Brokeback Mountain) who gives another in a long career filled with excellent performances. Glancing up at Reuben's car, Andy quickly turns on his heel and walks in the opposite direction down the sidewalk to which Reuben calmly puts the car in reverse. Thus begins a hilarious pas-de-deux between man and car on a grey street in Hamilton.

After a stern invitation, Andy reluctantly gets in the car where we discover that we will be spending much of the last hour and a half of his life with him. Quaid's Reuben quietly explains that he has been given the assignment of killing Andy, but will give him until 3pm to get his affairs in order.

Thus our adventure begins, with director Cole cleverly echoing Hal Ashby's 'The Last Detail' in which Quaid takes on the Nicholson role of guiding his young charge in the last moments before an inevitable fate is to befall him.

Both of these character actors are clearly relishing the freedom afforded them by having lead roles in this excellent comedic drama. Quaid's hit man is kind, thoughtful, and contemplative all the while simmering with potential violence, while occasionally flashing a glimpse of the goofy grin we first saw from him in Peter Bogdanovich's 'The Last Picture Show'. Baruchel brilliantly portrays the sadness all too common in people who choose not to engage beyond the perfunctory with the world at large.

Even as events unfold in real time, there is a surreal timelessness evoked as we glide along dilapidated streets, with Reuben as our guide, while a radio station that will bring a smile to the lips of anyone who has a soft spot for 70s Can Con plays innocently along the way.

With cats (both dead and alive), unspeakable acts on potato salad, a somewhat addled shut-in Grandma (national treasure, Jayne Eastwood) and horizontal urination, there are plenty of laughs throughout; despite the serious subject matter in Real Time.

While the film is full of razor-sharp dialogue, writer/director Cole also allows us space, as we are driven through the beautifully shot ugliness of The Hammer's streets, in which Quaid & Baruchel draw us into their messed up worlds, to this point in time.

This thoughtful film invites us to examine how we choose to spend our time, as Andy contemplates a life that has lead him deep into a thick woods with Reuben's gun at his back…

This film will stay with you long after the credits roll. You will be glad you spent these 79 minutes in Real Time.

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