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Good Time (2017)

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After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Connie Nikas embarks on a twisted odyssey through New York City's underworld to get his brother Nick out of jail.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Pattinson ... Connie Nikas
Benny Safdie ... Nick Nikas
Buddy Duress ... Ray
Taliah Webster ... Crystal (as Taliah Lennice Webster)
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Corey Ellman
Barkhad Abdi ... Dash the Park Security Guard
Necro ... Caliph
Peter Verby Peter Verby ... Peter the Psychiatrist
Saida Mansoor Saida Mansoor ... Agapia Nikas
Gladys Mathon Gladys Mathon ... Annie
Rose Gregorio Rose Gregorio ... Loren Ellman
Eric Paykert Eric Paykert ... Eric the Bail Bondsman
Astrid Corrales Astrid Corrales ... Bail Bondsman's Assistant
Rachel Black Rachel Black ... Rachel the Public Defender
Hirakish Ranasaki Hirakish Ranasaki ... Trevor
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Storyline

Connie Nikas forcibly removes his developmentally disabled brother Nick from a therapy session. The two rob a New York City bank for $65,000. In the getaway car, a dye pack explodes in a money bag, causing the driver to crash. Connie and Nick flee on foot, washing the dye from their clothes in a restaurant restroom. Stopped by police, Nick panics and runs; Nick is arrested while Connie escapes. Connie attempts to secure a bail bond, but needs $10,000 more to get Nick out of jail. He convinces his girlfriend, Corey, to pay with her mother's credit cards, but her mother cancels the cards. Connie learns that Nick has been hospitalized after a fight with an inmate..

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Are you ready for a Good Time?

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, violence, drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Good Time See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$125,101, 13 August 2017

Gross USA:

$2,026,499

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,283,369
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Josh Safdie about street-casting first-time actors: "We've always been interested in the quote unquote 'sudden star', like the idea of someone who's a star that you might not have seen before. That they basically have this gravitational pull and they are just emitting their own magnetism. The film that we made prior to Good Time, was almost perversely interested in that. We were casting people playing parts where they were recreating scenes from their real life that happened, sometimes, a few weeks ago. So it's like this weird psychodrama happening there. With Good Time, we wanted to do like a genre film, like a thrilling piece of pulp, but we wanted to pepper in this idea of, this movie, of it's like a thriller, but it's actually thrilling because you don't know where the movie ends and real life begins. Taking that alchemy, the chemistry of taking someone who has no baggage, who's basically playing a version of themselves, opposite someone you know is not playing a version of themselves, is creating a really cool, kind of almost dangerous element where the stakes are higher. It's like, if Rob (Pattinson) messes up as an actor, the failure is actually tenfold because it looks so bad opposite someone who's just being real. It raises the stakes." See more »

Goofs

It was the Nassau County Police department that showed up at the Adventureland Amusement Park. However, Adventureland is located in East Farmingdale in Suffolk County. See more »

Quotes

Crystal: [Watching COPS] Oh, my God!
Connie Nikas: You gotta change this. I don't want to see them justify this shit.
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Crazy Credits

The film's editors receive an unusually prominent credit position: between producers and writers. See more »

Connections

References Gladiator (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written and performed by Daniel Lopatin (as Oneohtrix Point Never)
Courtesy of Warp Records
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a thrill ride from start to finish..
3 November 2017 | by stephenw-30180See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this film on several levels. The acting, direction and story line were all done extremely well. It was original and there is an element of commitment of love through the forced negative acts of the desperate protagonist.

I also have to say I enjoyed the psychedelic score which worked well with the pace of the film. Last, I grew up in the neighborhood much of the film is shot in so I am somewhat biased. This, however, is not what makes the film so good.

Pattinson is brilliant as the Big brother trying to make a better life for himself and his learning disabled brother. A bank robbery they attempt goes wrong and the remainder of the film is an attempt to recover his brother from a hospital after getting caught and beat up in jail.

I won't give any more away but have to say the film is thought provoking, exciting and fast paced. I also felt it was quite realistically done in the way each character plays their parts.

The only thing I found annoying was the credits ran into 22+ minutes of the film. Otherwise, a tremendous effort and success for the Safdie Brothers.


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