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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Christopher Walken, Courtney Chase, Charles S. Dutton, Roma Maffia
  • Directors: John Badham
  • Writers: Patrick Sheane Duncan
  • Producers: John Badham, Cammie Crier, D.J. Caruso
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 1999
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000IRE6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,851 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The clock is ticking for Johnny Depp in Nick of Time, a twist-filled, race-against-time thriller directed by John Badham (Drop Zone, Saturday Night Fever). And indeed it is a race, filmed in "real time" so that onscreen events unfold minute by nail-biting minute as they would in real life. No sooner does accountant Gene Watson (Depp) arrive at L.A.'s Union station with his six-year-old daughter than he's plunged into a nightmare. Two shadowy strangers (Christopher Walken, Roma Maffia) separate Watson from his little girl, slap a gun into his hand and present a devil's bargain: kill a top government official before she leaves a nearby political rally... or never again see his beloved child.

Customer Reviews

Good suspenseful movie.
I didn't really think about it at the time the movie is supposed to be in real-time.
Johnny Depp is terrific as usual and Walken is great as a killer.

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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Schtinky VINE VOICE on April 23, 2005
Format: DVD
This certainly isn't the best film Depp or Walken have ever done, but its well worth your time and money. Set in real-time, Gene Watson (Johnny Depp) and his young daughter Lynn (Courtney Chase) arrive at the Amtrak station in LA, presumably for a business meeting Watson is scheduled for. Watching the new arrivals are Mr. Smith (Christopher Walken) and Ms. Jones (Roma Maffia from Disclosure), shady characters who are looking for someone at random to murder a woman for them.

They choose Gene, approaching him and identifying themselves as cops, they take him and his daughter off in an official looking van. Holding his daughter ransom and threatening to kill her, they send Gene off to a hotel to kill the woman they gave him a picture of. The woman turns out to be the Governor, and Mr. Smith is watching every move Gene makes.

Gene only has an hour and a half to complete his mission, one that he doesn't wish to carry out but cannot figure out how to keep his daughter from harm any other way. Every time Gene attempts to find someone to help him, Mr. Smith is there with his guns and threats. To make matters worse, Gene soon finds out the Smith and Jones are not the only ones in on the plot, and that finding someone to listen to him is going to be a more difficult task than simply pulling the trigger.

'Nick Of Time' is a highly suspenseful movie, some of its plots and intrigues a bit far-fetched, but nonetheless worth your time and money to watch, particularly if you are a fan of Depp or Walken. Both are great in their roles, as is Roma Maffia and Charles Dutton as the shoeshine man.

I could feel myself wanting to bite the face off of Walkin's character, feeling the flesh and gristle grinding under my teeth, and wanted to slap some sense into those who turned their heads away from helping Gene. Walken plays a great bad guy, and Depp plays a great innocent, making this intense thriller a pleasure to watch. Enjoy!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Shashank Tripathi on March 22, 2004
Format: DVD
Neat idea, executed almost to perfection. Played along "real time" to involve the viewer directly into the tension of a stiff deadline. Johnny Depp, an ordinary Joe, is assigned to kill a senator or his daughter will be killed by Walken and the Mafia. All he has is a photograph, a gun and an ultimatum.
I am not convinced that the ambitious concept of real time played out too well, but with this much talent on board it still holds it own. A throwback to the Hitchcock everyman thrillers of years ago, Depp plays his character well and you always believe he is just an ordinary man in an unbelievable situation rather than an action hero in the making while Walken does what he does best and plays the villain well.
You'll be on the edge of your seat until the denouement when you find stuff out at the same time as Depp. Part of the conspiratorial stuff is a little feeble and perhaps could have been skipped without a dent in the script, but thankfully it doesn't dilute the tension around the chemistry of Depp and Walken.
Not a classic thriller but quite an original theme with crafty intrigue. Highly recommended for people with a flavour for action and suspense.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Chad Goodspeed on January 9, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is about a father, played by Jonny Depp, who is torn between doing what is right and saving his daughter from a political kidnapper, played by Christopher Walken. Jonny Depp gave us a wonderful performance as the loving father who would do anything to save his daughter. However the show was stolen by Christopher Walken giving us one of his best performances ever. Also the directing was marvelous. Their choice of shots and the focus on the time running out will keep you at the edge of your seat during the entire video.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b VINE VOICE on September 17, 2008
Format: DVD
I had not seen this film in a few years, so I decided to give it another look. The film is fast paced and will keep your heart pumping through it's 88 minute running time. Depp and Walken add credibility to the incredible story! So.... When reviewing a movie like this I ask myself, what were the film makers trying to accomplish? This is not Citizen Kane, it's a slickly made intense thriller with a few minor flaws! If you don't think about it too long or seriously you will enjoy this movie. The last two minutes are a bit of a disappointment because of the "Hollywood" ending, but up until then it's a fun ride! Is it somewhat far fetched ....absolutely, do I care?.........absolutely NOT! The DVD has a nice transfer, but only a trailer for bonus material.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 17, 2003
Format: DVD
Nick of Time (John Badham, 1995)
John Badham is yet another of those directors you alternately want to embrace and pummel. Originally a stock director on Rod Serling's wonderful series Night Gallery (and responsible for that show's most genuinely chilling episode, "Green Fingers"), Badham went onto one of those painfully inconsistent movie careers that make one wonder whether the hits are talent or luck. Is the guy who directed Saturday Night Fever and Wargames really the same person responsible for Stakeout (and, worse, its sequel), Short Circuit, and the stultifyingly bad made-for-TV flick Brother's Keeper? So one never knows what one is going to come up with when encountering a Badham film.
Nick of Time falls halfway between, but nudging onto the good side. Much of this has to do with Johnny Depp and Christopher Walken in the main roles, with support from an astonishingly fine cast of minor characters (Charles S. Dutton, Marsha Mason, Gloria Reuben, Peter Strauss, Roma Maffia, and many more). In this episode of "generic thriller," Walken (with Maffia as an accomplice) have kidnapped Depp's daughter, and in order to get her back, they want a favor: kill the governor of California (Mason), who's on the campaign trail for re-election. Depp has ninety minutes to do so, and Walken is usually standing over his shoulder trying to figure out why the guy's so blessedly incompetent.
While this is not one of either Depp or Walken's more outstanding performances, both are quite capable in their roles. The plot is good, if brainless, and the pace is well done. There's really nothing bad to be said about this film, although there's nothing that makes it stand out from the crop, either. A good way to spend a couple of brainless hours. ** ½
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