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Downtime (1997)

Former police psychologist Rob helps to save young Chrissy when she is about to commit suicide by jumping of 21st-story balcony with her 4-year-old son Jake. When he persuades her to go on ... See full summary »

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... Rob
... Chrissy
Tom Georgeson ... Jimmy
David Roper ... Mike
Denise Bryson ... Jan
Adam Johnston ... Jake
David Horsefield ... Kevin
... Jacko
Birdy Sweeney ... Pat
Paul Johnson ... Marcus
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Neil Armstrong ... Jones
... Paul
David Case ... Sam
... Hammy
Daniel Lake ... Johnny
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Former police psychologist Rob helps to save young Chrissy when she is about to commit suicide by jumping of 21st-story balcony with her 4-year-old son Jake. When he persuades her to go on a date, they are trapped with Jake and old Pat in an elevator because a drunken gang crashed into the elevator's engine room. Written by Anonymous

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Next time, take the stairs

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Romance | Thriller

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13 February 1998 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Miedzy zyciem a smiercia  »

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The film was set in a tower block in Newcastle upon Tyne and was scheduled to be filmed there but a finance deal and full assistance caused the unit to move filming to Liverpool. See more »

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'Die Hard' meets Ken Loach meets a poorly realized Nike commercial
23 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

Mr Nalluri may well have seen this film as his shoo in on the Hollywood big time, but his inability to direct actors (as opposed to "great action sequences") puts him in the queue behind all the other explosion-meisters (a beard, baseball cap and movie logo bomber jacket are also required for this 80's derivative member's club).

The film's rather flimsy premise - drug-fuelled thugs wreek havoc on the occupants of a Newcastle tower block - could be seen as a brave attempt to couple Loachian observation with the action movie genre, but it's simply a rather crass attempt to add gritty realism to a juvenile plot.

Paul McGann tries his best under the circumstances (as does Tom Georgeson), but the actors take second place in this film... The lift gets all the 'best' scenes.

'Downtime' was hailed as a calling card for one of Britain's exciting young directors. I think Mr Nalluri needs to get out more.


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