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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 the significance of the film's name: "I learned the term from Buddy Duress. When we finished our previous film, he got locked up. So he was in prison, and he did a state bullet, which is basically a year. And he was like, 'if I behave well - and I'm behaving well - if I don't get in trouble, I'll be able to get out on my good time.' I was just like, 'whoa, I've never heard about this expression before.' Basically, when most people get released on their good time, they're out but on parole for the remainder of their sentence. You're still basically serving your time, but you're serving it in the world. People get release on their good time, then they violate and have to serve the remainders without any if's, and's or but's." 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

Nick Nikas: Don't count your chickens.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema: The Heist (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

The Pure and the Damned
Written and performed by Daniel Lopatin (as Oneohtrix Point Never) featuring Iggy Pop
Words - Iggy Pop, Music - Daniel Lopatin (as D. Lopatin)
Courtesy of Warp Records
Iggy Pop appears courtesy of Thousand Mile Inc.
Published by Top Notch Booty (BMI) Administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Published by Warp Publishing (SESAC)
Iggy Pop vocals recorded by Rafael Pereira at Elite Music Studios Miami
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a twisted odyssey
29 March 2019 | by raphaellecatSee all my reviews

Robert Pattinson has steered very clear from his Twilight years to give us an impressive resumé of independent films that have scrubbed off his Cullen brand and moulded him into a compelling actor. The Safdie Brother's Good Time is but a testament to his ability, giving us what could be his best performance yet. Two brothers, Connie and Nick Nikas, attempt at a bank robbery but fail and Nick lands in jail. This sets Connie to embark on a desperate and dangerous journey to get his brother out. What seems like a simple premise, quickly descends into a twisted odyssey, offering more than just a casual heist-gone-wrong flick.

Pattinson stuns as Connie Nikas with an approach to the character that will make you ponder on his motivations and lead you to question what he will do next. This is far from anything he has done prior, Connie is unsympathetic, desperate and immoral as he evades the ludicrous situations he finds himself in with but a tinge of luck. The other characters, played splendidly by mostly newcomers, paint a picture of debauchery and excess for New York's underworld, forever maintaining a true level of authenticity that often feels part- 70s arthouse and part- contemporary anthemic.

A large fraction of the success of Good Time is thanks to masterful direction by Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie and a consistently stellar performance from Robert Pattinson. A sleeper hit for 2017, all the more reason to watch it.


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