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Running Time (1997)

Carl is released from jail after serving a 5-year term and immediately sets about executing his next heist. The plan is relatively simple but time is critical. However, he doesn't factor in bad luck or the incompetence of his accomplices.

Director:

Josh Becker

Writers:

Josh Becker, Peter Choi (screenplay) (as Peter Y. Choi) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Campbell ... Carl
Jeremy Roberts ... Patrick
Anita Barone ... Janie
William Stanford Davis ... Buzz (as Stan Davis)
Gordon Jennison Noice ... Donny (as Gordon Jennison)
Art LaFleur ... Warden
Dana Craig Dana Craig ... Mr. Mueller
Curtis Taylor ... Prison Guard
Bridget Hoffman ... Receptionist
Jules Desjarlais Jules Desjarlais ... Bagman (as Jules DesJarlais)
David Kirkwood David Kirkwood ... Security Guard
James Rose James Rose ... Fake Shemp
Butch Butch ... Fake Shemp
Paul Harris Paul Harris ... Fake Shemp
Jack Perez ... Fake Shemp
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Storyline

Running Time was filmed in black and white, in real time, and seemingly takes place in one continuous, fluid shot. It's a little like Hitchcock's "Rope," but it's on location! Carl, an ex-con who sets out to rob the prison laundry system where he worked for 5 years (while in the pen), has spent ten years in prison planning the ultimate heist. Upon his release, he meets up with a high school buddy, who's made all the arrangements for the job, and rented him a hooker for his first encounter in a decade with a real girl. After picking up the safecracker and their getaway driver, they've got twenty minutes to pull off the perfect heist...but soon everything falls apart before Carl's eyes. He might still get the girl, though! Written by Scary Mary <mary@bronze.coil.com>

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Time is Running Out!

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der fast perfekte Überfall See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$130,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Josh Becker stated on his website that Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948) was the major influence in making his movie to seemingly not have any cuts. See more »

Goofs

About 41:50 into the movie, Carl ducks behind a large garbage can. A police car drives down the street, and the camera man with camera is reflected on the police car's window. See more »

Quotes

[Carl is walking past inmates on his way out of prison]
Inmate: Carl, my man!
Carl: Keep the faith, brothers! I'll look up on your wives and girlfriends and let 'em know you miss 'em!
Inmate: FUCK YOU!
Carl: ...not anymore.
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References The Apartment (1960) See more »

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Bargain Bin Gold
3 November 2001 | by dust-1See all my reviews

I Found this film on DVD in the bargain bin for $4. The only reason I bought it was because it stars Bruce Campbell and the premise seemed cool...I was right. This movie was really good. I did notice one part, though, where I think a cut was snuk in there (if snuk is a word..). The camera zoomed in on someone so close as to make the screen go black, and then zoomed out again as he walked by. Other than that though, i really really like this movie.


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