Nick of Time

Directed By: John Badham Starring: Christopher Walken Johnny Depp

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by Mike Hunt on 6/29/1999

I love the concept of this movie. It is such a cool way of making a film, and the real-time clock makes it much more exciting. It's really great.

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Superstar johnny depp and popular screen villain christopher walken face off in this nerve-jangling story of a businessman who must become a political assassin to save his daughter. On-screen events unfold minute by nail-biting minute, just as they would in real life!


Studio Paramount
SKU 40114504
UPC 097363304173
UPC 14 00097363304173
Format DVD
Release Date 8/22/2006
Rating Rating
Kidnapping And Missing Persons
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In John Badham's NICK OF TIME, Johnny Depp stars as Gene Watson, a mild-mannered, widowed accountant, and the father of six-year-old Lynn (Courtney Chase). While in Los Angeles's Union train station, they are abducted by a mysterious couple posing as police officers, Mr. Smith (Christopher Walken) and Ms. Jones (Roma Maffia). They give Gene a loaded gun and these orders: assassinate the "flaming liberal" governor of California (Marsha Mason) within the next 90 minutes, or they will kill his beloved daughter. Gene reluctantly agrees, and he is taken to the Bonaventure Hotel where the governor is making an appearance. Tension mounts as the clock ticks and Gene must outwit his conniving kidnappers. Shot in real time, the action of the movie is documented in the actual 90 minute running time of the movie. As Gene faces his gruesome task, minutes slip away, creating a palpable tension and a breathtaking reminder of every agonizing second. Christopher Walken is at his devilish best, wickedly tormenting the innocent hero. Reminiscent of Hitchcockian dilemmas, Gene is an ordinary man trapped in an extraordinary situation, forced to act before it is too late.
Plot Summary
Summary Randomly accosted in L.A.'s Union Station, a man is given 90 minutes to murder an innocent politician or his daughter will be killed in this real-time action thriller starring Johnny Depp and Christopher Walken.
Entertainment Weekly "...The plot is neat....A wild ride with enough forward momentum to hurtle you over the plot holes." 05/24/1996 p.108
John Badham
Christopher Walken
Johnny Depp
Cast & Crew
Bill Smitrovich - Actor
Charles S. Dutton - Actor
Christopher Walken - Actor
Courtney Chase - Actor
G.D. Spradlin - Actor
Gloria Reuben - Actor
Johnny Depp - Actor
Marsha Mason - Actor
Peter Strauss - Actor
Yul Vasquez - Actor
Roma Maffia - Actor
Roy H. Wagner - Cinematography
Mary E. Vogt - Costume Designer
John Badham - Director
Kevin Stitt - Editor
Frank Morriss - Editor
D.J. Caruso - Executive Producer
Arthur B. Rubinstein - Musical Score
Cammie Crier - Producer
John Badham - Producer
Philip Harrison - Production Designer
Patrick Sheane Duncan - Writer/Story
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1995
Catalog ID 330417
UPC 00097363304173
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 88 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource At-A-Glance Film Reviews
Review Johnny Depp and Christopher Walken star in this engrossing thriller. An innocent man is captured and forced to assassinate someone. We identify with Depp well, so that Walken's usual screen menace is made all the more threatening. The interesting thing about this film is that it takes place in (approximate) real time. Frequent references to the current time are made, and it makes for a nail-biting effect. Unlike a lot of thrillers, this is one where it's hard to see how the protagonist could possibly pull through. He's no dummy -- he's clever and quick-thinking, yet it seems not enough.
Reviewer Sam
ReviewRating 0
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Actor Depp,Johnny
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times Taut suspense thriller.
Ron Brewington, American Urban Radio Network Powerful and unforgettable!
Bob Slade, WRKS-FM A real nail-biter.
David Sheehan, CBS-TV A thriller with originality, ingenuity and nonstop suspense.

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