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Nick of Time (1995)

An unimpressive, everyday 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 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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Within 90 minutes, someone is going to die... And the clock is ticking. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The plot unfolds in real time. See more »

Goofs

When Watson pulls the Governor's picture from the envelope, we can see through the photo, revealing that the face is visible to him. In the next shot, Watson starts pulling when only the hairline is visible. 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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Connections

References Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983) See more »

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Bouncin' at the Bonaventure
Written and Performed by Michael Lang
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Totally underrated film
30 June 2002 | by Riff98See all my reviews

I went to see this movie in the theater and I have to say that it is one of the most underrated films I have ever seen. This movie received a lot of bad press when it was released but I don't see how it was justified. The story is great and it makes you nervous watching it unfold. You will know what I am talking about if you see it. Christopher Walken gives another great performance as the "policeman" as he calls himself. Walken's voice is one of the best in the business. I highly recommend this movie if you want to be entertained with a great suspenseful film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nick of Time See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,781,601, 26 November 1995

Gross USA:

$8,175,346

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,175,346
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Company Credits

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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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