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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Silverman ... Barry Thomas
Helen Slater ... Lisa Fredericks
Nicolas Surovy ... Robert Denk
Robin Bartlett ... Anne Jackson
Jeremy Piven ... Howard Richter
Constance Marie ... Joan Zevo
Glenn Morshower ... Detective Cryers
Martin Landau ... Dr. Thadius Moxley
Paxton Whitehead ... Dr. Tiberius Scott
Cheryl Anderson ... Supervisor
Giuseppe Andrews ... Kyle (as Joey Andrews)
Frank Collison ... Thin Assassin
Ed Crick Ed Crick ... Detective
Jonathan Emerson ... Ted Fallow
Drew Gehl Drew Gehl ... Night Guard


Barry Thomas is the average office worker. He becomes attracted to Lisa Fredericks who works in the same company. After work, Barry witnesses the murder of Lisa and goes to a bar to get drunk. Later that night, there is a storm and Barry gets a shock from a lamp's faulty power wire at exactly 12:01 am. The next morning, he realizes that everything is happening exactly as it did the previous day. The next morning the day is repeated again. It is now Barry's job--being the only person alive who is aware of this time loop--to stop the murder of Lisa, and stop the time loop or be caught in time forever. Written by Matt Houser <mhouser@io.org>

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Every day at a minute past midnight the sci-fi adventure begins... again. See more »


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Release Date:

5 July 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

12:01 - A kizökkent idő See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When Barry checks the department directory to find Lisa's office number, three of the first four names listed are members of the film's Art Department crew: lead person Gene Bishop, on-set dresser David S. Bridson, and assistant property master Ashley Davies. See more »


During the chase, the skid marks from a previous take are visible on the pavement in the foreground. See more »


[Lisa enters her office to find Denk and Barry, whom she does not recognize, waiting for her]
Barry Thomas: The Time Bounce has happened.
Lisa Fredericks: [glances unbelievingly at Denk] Excuse me?
Barry Thomas: The Time Bounce. We're in it. The Earth has stopped as we know it. Children don't grow up. People don't stay dead. We'll never have another holiday, and you'll never see another flower bloom.
Lisa Fredericks: What are you talking about?
Barry Thomas: And I've fallen in love with a beautiful young lady, and so far I could only see her for a few hours. And it ...
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


Performed by William Peterkin
Written by Barbara L. Jordan, William Peterkin
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Barry Thomas isn't having a good day!
16 July 2006 | by TruPretenderSee all my reviews

For a slow-paced, and mild-mannered man named Barry Thomas, Tuesday morning was just another day with the same old people, being unpleasant and disgusting. He attends the same job, with the same drags and hacks. His boss is a real wench, his best friend won't give him a break, and the woman he has fallen in love, has no idea he exists. But today, Tuesday, he will make a difference. Whether he knows it or not, he will be the key player in the next four days. His first time to speak to his crush, Dr. Lisa Fredricks, goes from kinky, to array. He can't manage to sit down at his desk, without his best pal playing a harsh prank. Next thing he knows, his job is on the line. Things get much more difficult when he watches the beautiful Lisa, suffer, and die from a slew of shots from a gun! He is estranged and torn, so he drinks himself to sleep, but not before he shocks himself whilst touching his lamp....as lightening strikes... Alas, the next morning begins, and there is no mention of Lisa Fredricks death on the news, or in the office, of which he is late for work...again. His boss is saying the same old nagging, his friend has the same pranks in line, and as soon as he can adjust to this madness, there, walking by, is Dr. Lisa Fredricks. The day has started over...and a time bounce has interfered the world.

This film was such a wonderful effort from FOX back in 1993, and I only pity the network for producing less-than worthy decisions more so today. It has a firm, catchy theatrical feel to it, that appeals to it's audience. It sets itself up with an intense introduction and a nice opening title sequence that prepares the rest of the film. It's subject matter, and executional tactics are very fair, and not overdone. They don't show any blood and guts, nor do they invade the script with vile language. Not that it would contain any, being a film made for television. What's more, it captures the exact tensity and tension as an action sci-fi thriller made for a summer blockbuster audience. All the good moments are well represented. Perhaps it would have faired well in a theatrical run...it seemed to do so as it was.

The cast is terrific, and as such, they're easily lovable. Jonathan Silverman is one heck of a good guy in this picture, and he wins our hearts early on, with his adorable personality and his "nice guys finish last" approach. He has an effective puppy love for Helen Slater as the leading lady. Silverman is so hansom and determined to reach his destination. You just want to cheer for him, and your jaw drops as certain obstacles get in his way. Helen Slater as always, gives one of her many articulate performances. She is not so vulnerable as she looks, and she is not easily persuaded to any single belief. Her stronger moments do lay in her character when she is torn between what she thinks is real, and what she wants to believe. Need I say anything more than the radiation of light that appears when her name is mentioned? Slater and Silverman are so cute together, and you just want to take them both and hug 'em tight! The rest of the cast is fun. Jeremy Piven is a frolicked fun co-star who puts his comedic timing to good use as the side-kick friend with a desk full of pranks. Robin Bartlett is above the funny line as the nagging boss who steps out from the expected line and creates diversion and delays. Martin Landau...well, what's not to love about the guy? He's good in whatever he does!

"12:01" is a real winner. It's not too much, but it's more than enough to please any type of crowd.

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