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Down Time (2003)

William Van Noland , Peter Quartaroli , Sean Wilson (II)  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Van Noland, Peter Quartaroli, Sam McBride, Joy Garner, James Anthony Cotton
  • Directors: Sean Wilson (II)
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087F5P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,356 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Down Time" on IMDb

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Based on a true story…get ready for a gritty look at the hidden culture of incarceration amid Latino and Urban gangs who control prison life, and one man's struggle with drug addiction, violence and betrayal. Slim Williams, a small-time dealer, is poised to make his big score with his partner Paulie. But the easy deal becomes a nightmare when Slim is caught in deadly police sting and ends up in a maximum-security penitentiary. Sold out by his partner, Slim is forced to learn the rules of survival behind bars - forget what you know. Inside these walls, there are no laws.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars King of the low budget indies January 30, 2004
Format:DVD
You have to like low-budget independent films to get into this film but it is a good one! The best description that I can come up with for Down Time is that it is like the film "Clerks" in prison. The film moves along in a docu-drama style driven by a surprisingly good "grungy" soundtrack. I really enjoyed this film but remember this is not "The Rock".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem. Great fun to watch. March 18, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
An excellent movie. Was both funny and scary at the same time. Highly recommend it...and, I usually go for the Block Buster movies!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars LIKE A HAMMER TO THE GUT July 23, 2004
Format:DVD
Down Time came recommended by a friend when I mentioned I've seen the Australian indie "Chopper" (one of the early works of Eric Bana and none too fascinating either.)

Filmed in unmistakably low-fi B&W tint, with a macho heavy-metal thrash soundtrack, the look and sound were clearly going for gritty. But along with the downbeat storyline, they just make sure that this attempted low-budget film is just that -- cheap.

Cliches abound: violence, drug abuse, sheer boredom of an inmate's life. The shock or fear quotient is largely derived from disgusting moments from uninspired characters play-acting stuff like a high school drama.

If you want raw, there's "Romper Stomper" with Russel Crowe. But this farce is a strictly skippable amateur effort that looks more like outtakes from a B film on some local channel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visceral Incarceration March 21, 2003
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The payoff from a great prison film - and this definitely is one - is the sense of incarceration that envelopes the viewer. You are there, immersed in the noise, the danger, the tedium of the joint itself. In Down Time the directing, editing, and cinematography shove the prison experience down your throat in spades. The payoff is a sly narrative twist at the end which both ties the threads of the story together and gives an additional ironic kick to the viewer's identification with the film. Can't give it away here, but buy it and see for yourself! You won't forget the experience. Great sound track too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie! March 18, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This movie is a very well written and directed. The story line is solid and gives a great perspective on prison life. I definitely recommend it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down Time April 10, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This movie was a great interpretation of real prison life. I loved all the prison scenes, it gave me a sense of what its like.My favorite parts were the halarious card table scenes!!Big Mario was great. He was like the laid back tough guy.The skunk eye had me rollin. The graffic scenes added great action to the movie.This director didn't miss a beat with movie, and i can't wait to see future films by him. I highly reccomend it!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is Indie Film Making! January 31, 2004
By BigDan
Format:DVD
I am a big fan of low budget independent filmmaking and Sean Wilson (11) Down Time is a maverick achievement. Shot on a shoe string budget (check the stats), this is no Hollywood action film, but what you get is from the gut film making. Gritty performances by WilliamVan Nolan and Sam McBride make this a stand out film in the low budget arena. Some of the card playing scenes reminded me of the film Clerks (1994) with lots of off the wall snappy dialogue. You could also compare it to some the jail scenes in Jim Jarmusch's Down by law (1986) both films have lots of long still shots that just kind of hand there and make you feel the oppressive boredom of prison life.
Sure there are some technical problems with this film and some of the side characters acting is weak but you have to be able to over look that. Down Time is what independent filmmaking is all about.
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