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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:

making of (Josh Becker)

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

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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References The Apartment (1960) See more »

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The best real time movie I've seen
1 January 2006 | by SuperunknovvnSee all my reviews

This is an amazing movie. I popped the DVD into my player expecting a typical Bruce Campbell b-movie, but "Running Time" turned out to be much more than that. It succeeds on every level. Bruce Campbell shines in the leading role. I just love this man. This has got to be one of his best movies, right up there with the "Evil Dead" trilogy and "Bubba Ho-Tep". Actually, the whole cast is great. I especially fell for Anita Barone who I'd like to see in a lot more movies in the future. I won't spoil it for you, but watch out for her first meeting with Bruce Campbell's character in the movie. It's hilarious.

"Running Time" is shot in beautiful black and white, which gives the movie a film noir feeling. The script is written very cleverly with some witty dialog and tight pacing. From the beginning we are drawn into the story. The old real time formula works here for a change, although the concept does sometimes lead to a few lengths here and there. Still, the movie is far from ever getting boring and at 70 minutes running time "Running Time" (haha) is maybe even a bit too short. Doesn't matter. For me this one is an overlooked sleeper. If you get a chance, watch it!


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