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A nightmare of fear and panic unfolds in this chilling tale of a lone gunman who sets his sights on a sell-out crowd at a championship football game. Charlton Heston is the police captain who leads the desperate fight to stop the madman - high atop the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum - before he sets off widespread devastation in the jam-packed stadium. John Cassavetes and Martin Balsam are among those risking their lives to thwart the sniper's attempts, while innocent spectators Gena Rowlands, Jack Klugman, Beau Bridges, Walter Pidgeon, David Janssen and thousands of others try to hide from the fatal gun sites and avoid the deadly ensuing stampede.

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Unfairly dismissed by a number of critics, Two Minute Warning is an absorbing contemplation of the phenomenon of violence. Based on a novel by George LaFountaine, the story concerns an anonymous (and, until the very end, faceless) sniper perched above the scoreboard at a championship football game in Los Angeles. His lack of identity and unstated motivation is key to the film's air of cautionary fable, in which the killer's rage is one end of a continuum that includes many different kinds of violence among numerous characters: emotional withdrawal, police brutality, subtle racism, chips on various shoulders. Produced in 1976, the movie has all the hallmarks of the decade's vogue for disaster flicks: an ensemble cast, a web of story lines, and a lot of people contained in one place where something awful happens. But it is also something more: a successful exercise in plastic storytelling, a clever interweaving of a dozen discrete subplots with a mix of documentary and original action footage. The explosiveness of the football game itself becomes a refrain of ritualized mayhem in director Larry Peerce's patchwork film, but without beating us over the head with its metaphorical obviousness. Two Minute Warning may not be a great or classic work, but it is far more than the sum of its many parts and does leave a lasting impression. --Tom Keogh

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    • Actors: Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes, Martin Balsam, Beau Bridges, Marilyn Hassett
    • Directors: Larry Peerce
    • Writers: Edward Hume
    • Producers: Edward S. Feldman
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish
    • Dubbed: French
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: R (Restricted)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2010
    • Run Time: 126 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: 0783230419
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,194 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Two-Minute Warning" on IMDb

    Customer Reviews

    The film has good pace,suspence,good story and good cast.
    Mr Steven Green
    And we will have to wait until the end of the game to see something happening... Who is the sniper?
    Darth Maciek
    Another great disaster film of my favorite decade, the 1970's.
    SickAgain

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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 19, 2004
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    Filmed in and around the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, this often absurd but always entertaining thriller will be enjoyed by those like me who have an affection for '70s action/disaster movies like "Airport", and the many that followed it.

    This like the other films follows the usual formula in the first half by giving us a glimpse into the lives of the participants, which the net of fate reels in for the grand finale, and Charlton Heston and John Cassavetes have a slew of excellent actors to back them in these many parts, like Martin Balsam, Beau Bridges, Gena Rowlands, and even Walter Pidgeon as a pickpocket.

    The plot starts with an unidentified sniper killing a cyclist from a hotel window, and then moving to a rooftop location in the stadium, where a championship football game will be played to a sold-out crowd. One of the more realistic parts of the film is how the screaming, cheering crowd is oblivious of what is happening around them (some of it amusing if one has a dark sense of humor), as I'm sure would be the case if this event occurred in real life.

    In our age of terrorism as the "war of our time", films like this spark the imagination, and make one wonder how this sort of situation would be dealt with in a crowded stadium; there's no doubt that chaos and mayhem would be the inevitable result.

    Another interesting aspect is how times have changed in 30 years as far as security for the president and other officials; in the last few decades, one of the things that has changed the most in the world is the size of its governments, and films like this bring that fact into sharp focus.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr N Forbes-warren on January 15, 2001
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    This 1976 release is hugely suspenseful and very realistic indeed, largely due to the photography(the stadium footage works a treat!), direction and good strong cast of familiar faces. Charlton Heston plays Captain Pete Holly, a hard-boiled cop whose initial investigation of a random shooting(seen at the start) leads him to a championship football game at the LA Coliseum - a sniper is perched above the scoreboard! When the time comes, the sniper will kill a target - or several? WHo is he after? In the crowd are a noisy family(DYNASTY's PAmela Bellwood is the mom, Beau Bridges is the dad and sniper witness brutalised by over-zealous cops and there are two mischievous brats!), a gambler facing loan sharks(QUINCY's Jack Klugman) and prayers from a priest sitting next to him for LA to win! Add to that the President visiting at half time, a pickpocket(Walter Pidgeon), and the TV crews being commandeered by SWAT captain JOHN CASSAVETES and keeping it quiet from the public, and you have a killer of a movie(no pun intended) which will have you hooked from beginning to end. The original 115 minute cinema release is the best way to see this classic - forget the awful network TV doctored version which in my view ruined a great story. THe pace moves along well and there are moments which will genuinely give you mild shocks or two! Overall, a superb thriller and a movie which explores the theme of random killing quite well, especially in the wake of recent real-life massacres such as Dunblane and Hungerford in the UK. One could also say that the climax might have inspired Jean-Claude Van Damme's similarly superb SUDDEN DEATH. which came about 21 years later. Recommended.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lodge2 on January 31, 2005
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    This is an interesting movie, especially in light of what's happened in this country over the last 30+ years.

    Filmed in and around the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1976. Very low tech by todays standards, but that is part of the appeal. It's always fun to see the old cars, fashions and technology.

    There is a long list of stars, as with most movies of this era: Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes,Martin Balsam, Beau Bridges, Gena Rowlands, and even Walter Pidgeon as a pickpocket.

    The plot revolves around an unidentified sniper during a championship football game with a sold-out crowd. Unfortunately, you never learn his identity, his target or his motivation.

    There are some terrible lines in this movie. The acting is fair to good. The best scene was near the end, when the police are shooting it out with the sniper, and the television crews are watching it all from their trailer.

    Overall it's a fair movie that's intersting as a snapshot of our culture during the 70's.
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Luster on December 24, 2004
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    I was recently trying to recall some of the better disaster movies that came out of the Sixties and Seventies. Two that stood out in my mind was "Black Sunday" and I couldn't recall the name of the other but I recalled a sniper shooting people at a championship football game and S.W.A.T. trying to stop him. I was interested enough in tracking it down that I went to imdb.com and did a search on the word sniper in the plots. When I saw the title "Two Minute Warning" more started to come back to me. The cast is good, but not all of them do much more than cameos. But some performances are quite good, like that of John Cassavetes. The tension, camerawork, and music are excellent. It is intense watching the S.W.A.T team try to stop the sniper without starting a panic at the stadium. Although they eventually get the sniper, he racks up a sizeable body count, especially once the stampede of people try to exit the stadium. I couldn't help thinking of cattle when I saw it. This may not be up to some movies of today, but it is still well worth owning. I recommend it to anyone that likes action movies, especially police related. The movie was popular enough at the time to help bring about the S.W.A.T. TV series.
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