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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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Taglines:

Time is Running Out!

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

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Trivia

The name Carl Metushka comes from the brother-in-law of Shirley MacLaine's character in The Apartment (1960) 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

Janie: This is ridiculous. I can't just pack up and leave, go to Austria or wherever.
[looks around apartment]
Janie: Why not? What the hell is stopping me?
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Connections

Referenced in My Name Is Bruce (2007) See more »

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3 August 2004 | by sparklecatSee all my reviews

Josh Becker's "Running Time" is a remarkably effective and economical heist flick shot in black and white with the illusion of being a single take. These stylistic anomalies may draw your attention at first, but "Running Time" is more than its experimental hook. It's a good, taut thriller with a sharp comic edge. It also has a refreshingly brisk pace (clocking in at about 70 minutes long).

Bruce Campbell is excellent in the lead role as Carl, an ex-con whose plan for the perfect heist is undone by the incompetence of his partner Patrick (Jeremy Roberts) and a general case of Murphy's law. Anita Barone also gives a winning performance as Carl's former high school squeeze, Janie.

"Running Time" is a fine film that deserves a wider audience. Help start the trend.


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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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1.37 : 1
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