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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 »


Bharat Nalluri


Caspar Berry




Credited cast:
Paul McGann ... Rob
Susan Lynch ... Chrissy
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ... Jimmy
David Roper David Roper ... Mike
Denise Bryson Denise Bryson ... Jan
Adam Johnston Adam Johnston ... Jake
David Horsefield David Horsefield ... Kevin
Stephen Graham ... Jacko
Birdy Sweeney Birdy Sweeney ... Pat
Paul Johnson Paul Johnson ... Marcus
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neil Armstrong Neil Armstrong ... Jones
Hywel Berry ... Paul
David Case David Case ... Sam
Craig Conway ... Hammy
Daniel Lake Daniel Lake ... Johnny


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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Release Date:

13 February 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Miedzy zyciem a smiercia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Quite good until the end, when it simply falls apart.
10 February 2003 | by Jonathon DabellSee all my reviews

Downtime is not for anyone who is afraid of lifts. The claustrophobic atmosphere in this film is the best thing about it. In fact, I've used lifts all my life without giving them a second thought, but even I found myself taking the stairs for a month or two after watching this.

The story features an educated police negotiator and a foul-mouthed working class mother on the brink of suicide. They have virtually nothing in common, but one evening they find themselves trapped in an elevator. To complicate matters further, some troublesome kids start a fire in the same tower block which rapidly gets out of control.

There is an unconvincing love element to the story which makes parts of it hard to swallow. However, I was prepared to forgive the film for this unlikely plot development because as mentioned before the closed-in atmosphere is brilliantly captured. However, near the end the film does something truly unforgivable. For no reason at all, it suddenly brings in a half-hearted revenge subplot which belongs in another movie and uses it to end a film which has already reached a satisfying conclusion. The sheer stupidity of having a film set almost entirely in a lift suddenly switch location to a hospital room, with an angry father waving a rifle around, utterly undermines the good work that has gone before. Such a shame! Surely the two protagonists should have escaped from the lift and that should have been that.

Worth seeing, then, but it's best if you switch it off about ten minutes from the end.

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