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Your Three Minutes Are Up (1973)

Charlie is a sad sack of a man, working at a depressingly dull office job and stuck in a passionless engagement to a neurotic woman. One of the few bright spots in his life is his friend ... See full summary »

Director:

Douglas Schwartz (as Douglas N. Schwartz)

Writer:

James Dixon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beau Bridges ... Charlie
Ron Leibman ... Mike
Janet Margolin ... Betty
Kathleen Freeman ... Mrs. Wilk
David Ketchum David Ketchum ... Mr. Kellogg
Stuart Nisbet ... Dr. Claymore (as Stu Nisbet)
Read Morgan ... Eddie Abruzzi
Jennifer Ashley Jennifer Ashley ... Teenage Driver
Sherry Bain ... Sugar
Paul Barselou Paul Barselou ... Gas Station Operator
Kitty Carl ... Susan
Rhodie Cogan Rhodie Cogan ... Operator's Wife
Ronda Copland Ronda Copland ... Sherry
James Dixon ... Howard
James Driskill James Driskill ... Pickup Truck Driver
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Charlie is a sad sack of a man, working at a depressingly dull office job and stuck in a passionless engagement to a neurotic woman. One of the few bright spots in his life is his friend Mike, who seems to be living a life of carefree bohemianism. When the two end up on a long road trip together, they are forced to re-examine their lives and worldviews. Mike may have independence in some ways, but it has come at a price. Charlie, in turn, may feel trapped, but how much of the trap is of his own making? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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A couple of cards living it up on credit. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seu Tempo Acabou See more »

Filming Locations:

Marina del Rey, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Jennifer Ashley's film debut. See more »

Quotes

Mike: And how are you today, Mrs Wilk?
Mrs. Wilk: You have been unemployed and collecting benefits for the past twelve weeks, haven't you, Mr. Robinson?
Mike: Ye... oo, wait... I didn't know it was that long. I'm sorry. I guess I have.
Mrs. Wilk: Could you tell me what you have done in that time to gain employment?
Mike: Sure. You people have sent me out on, er, various er job interviews. As a matter of fact, I was to one this morning. Not from you people but from some friends of mine who are in the industry...
Mrs. Wilk: Mr. Robinson, you are ...
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References Is There Sex After Death? (1971) See more »

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It's Only Me
by Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter & Perry Botkin Jr.
Sung by Mark Lindsay
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The Best Things in Life Aren't Free...or, Even Freedom Costs Something
31 August 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

A working stiff in Los Angeles, nervous about his upcoming marriage to a nagging girl from his office, takes a sick day to be with his bachelor friend, an irresponsible swinger whose bills have piled up, his wheels repossessed and his unemployment benefits revoked. They end up driving north through California on a lark, but are unable to escape the responsibilities that come with being an adult. Screenwriter James Dixon wants to verbally juxtapose the grind of the grown-up world (marriage, a mortgage and bringing home a weekly income) with the more fanciful behavior of naughty 30-year-old boys out on a toot. It's an intriguing concept for a comedy-drama--and Beau Bridges and Ron Liebman are fabulously cast in the central roles--but neither Dixon nor director Douglas N. Schwartz offer much comment on the leading characters or on the journey they take (with an ending that frustratingly leaves us up in the air). These escapist episodes of bachelorhood are not exactly carefree--both men have a lot to answer for--so there isn't much to involve us other than the ultimate hangover to come. When reality sinks in, we've gotten the message long before the two buddies have. The depressing final act is obviously meant to make a point (don't let this happen to you!), yet Dixon also seems to be saying that life isn't "Easy Rider", and that 30-year-old men should be fiscally-responsible and not looking to spread their wings. ** from ****


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