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Nick of Time (1995)

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An unimpressive, every-day man is forced into a situation where he is told to kill a politician to save his kidnapped daughter.

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John Badham
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Gene Watson
Courtney Chase ... Lynn Watson
Charles S. Dutton ... Huey
Christopher Walken ... Mr. Smith
Roma Maffia ... Ms. Jones
Marsha Mason ... Governor Eleanor Grant
Peter Strauss ... Brendan Grant
Gloria Reuben ... Krista Brooks
Bill Smitrovich ... Officer Trust
G.D. Spradlin ... Mystery Man
Yul Vazquez ... Gustino (Guest Services)
Edith Diaz Edith Diaz ... Irene (Domestic Maintenance)
Armando Ortega Armando Ortega ... Hector (Guest Services)
C.J. Bau C.J. Bau ... Mixologist
Cynthena Sanders ... Beverage Server
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Storyline

Gene Watson is a public accountant who arrives on a train at Union Station in Los Angeles, accompanied by his 6-year-old daughter Lynn. Because of his ordinary looks, he is approached by a pair of sinister people named Smith and Jones. Pretending to be cops, Smith and Jones kidnap Lynn and confront Gene with a simple choice -- kill California governor Eleanor Grant in 90 minutes or less, or Lynn will die. Watson is given a gun, six bullets, and a name tag, and he is told to go to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and kill Eleanor, who is giving an afternoon speech. While Jones is watching Lynn in a van, Smith watches Watson in order to prevent Watson from alerting the authorities. Watson must quickly find some way to get himself and Lynn out of this seemingly impossible situation. Written by Todd Baldridge

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Ninety minutes. Six bullets. No choice. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gegen die Zeit See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,781,601, 26 November 1995, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,169,363
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The bulk of the movie was shot almost entirely hand-held, using combinations of multi-camera and Steadicam set-ups. Even during the few actual dolly tracking sequences, the camera was hand-held, and operated from a dolly by a seated cameraman. See more »

Goofs

Huey (the shoeshine man) tells Watson that he was wounded while serving in the Army Artillery Corps. First, the Artillery is a branch, not a corps. Second, Huey wears a Combat Infantryman's Badge on his vest. That award is given only to infantry troops. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Train Conductor: [Mr. Watson hears the train conductor shoutout to the Amtrak travelers] Los Angeles is next! Los Angeles is next! Please check under your seats.
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How are we gonna' get out of this fix?
5 September 2003 | by mdleeSee all my reviews

When you see the name Wes Craven, John Carpenter or Brian de Palma, we know that we can trust that we're in for a couple of hours of fine entertainment.

Although not as much a household name as the directors above, John Badham knows how to tell a suspenseful story as well as any of the other "kids on the block." Please look up his filmography and see all the countless house of excellent entertainment he has brought us; not only on the big screen but on television as well.

In "Nick of Time" John carefully guides us through one disaster after another. Johnny Depp conveys his frustration and fear that he might not be able to prevent any of the bad things that will happen.

Christopher Walken again proves that he is as comfortable being the "heavy" as he has been the "hero."

At a time when sometimes the good guys don't always win and the bad guys sometimes "get away with it," this is one cinematic thriller that should keep you on the edge of your seat the whole 90 minutes.


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