Dynamic cast: Jonathan Silverman (Weekend at Bernie's, TV's The Single Guy), Helen Slater (City Slickers, Ruthless People, Supergirl), Martin Landau (Academy Award winner for Ed Wood, TV's The X-Files, Space: 1999), Jeremy Piven (Golden Globe nominee for HBO's Entourage, Old School, Scary Movie 3, TV's Ellen) Directed by Jack Sholder (Alone in the Dark)
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Barry Thomas (Jonathan Silverman) is an office drone languishing in his stuck-in-a-rut job while crushing on this beautiful, brainy research scientist Lisa, who is seemingly way out of his league. A typical humdrum day at work ensues and ends; then, shockingly, Barry witnesses Lisa brutally get shot down to death. Overwrought, he goes to a bar and drinks. Later that night, a storm causes a lamp to shock Barry, exactly at 12:01AM. He wakes up the next morning to find that he's been caught in a time loop, where the same day keeps repeating. Now, armed with certain knowledge of predetermined events, Barry attempts to prevent Lisa's death and escape the time trap.
Jonathan Silverman stood out in my mind as being particularly charming in a lovable loser role. He carried this film. Throughout 12:01, I cheered for him to get things right, save the girl and win her heart. Helen Slater was very sweet here, her performance nicely meshing with Silverman's to create a nice, easy chemistry. We also got to see co-stars Jeremy Piven and Martin Landau.Read more ›
The main premise is what if a day were to repeat itself and you were the only one outside the loop who knew it. All the other people would forget everything when the day ended. Telling you this doesn't ruin anything because the movie keeps the pace quick and throws in a lot of variables for our hero to overcome while always keeping it interesting. This film also features a wonderful comic turn by Jeremy Piven way before his popular role on the entourage series.
This film works on many levels. I am not surprised that the fellow admiring reviewers saw it so many times. Like The Matrix it is a movie that rewards with several viewings.
In 1989 a 30 minute film was made by director Jonathan Heap.
In 1993 the 12:01 movie was made with Helen Slater and Jonathan Silverman.
Then Hollywood got a hold of the movie and did a remake, I never found out what they called the movie but Richard Lupoff basically called them a pack of hollywood thieves.
I thought at first it was Groundhog Day but Lupoff states they changed the name but not the story so it couldn't of been Groundhog Day as the story was so different. So if anyone knows what the Hollywood release was called please tell, as Lupoff doesn't state in his book what they named it.
To read the short story you'll have to buy the book by Richard Lupoff called Before...12:01...and after. There are 23 short stories in the book 12:01pm being one of them.
Anyway, I think this movie is great, some may say its cheesy but hey I like cheese sometimes. I like Helen Slater and Jonathan Silverman I think they work well together in this movie. Plus i've always been interested in anything that involves time changes, like time travel, parallel universes etc.
It does make me think what I would actually do if I got stuck in a day that was repeating, I would only hope it wasn't a work day..lol
I have a copy on VHS but I wish they would release the DVD. It was a dissapointment to find them advertise a release date then the day of its release say it was not available.
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Being a collector of time "travel" movies, this is one of my favorites. A repeating day variety, I watch it every few months and have only had a VHS version until now;... Read morePublished 1 month ago by GregF
My favorite thing about this movie is that the premise is managed by characters who actually develop over time, and who make a work of fiction seem totally plausible. GREAT movie.Published 4 months ago by Tara B.
This is a made-for-TV movie with all the earmarks of Hallmark. It is not cheesy just low budget with actors that cross over between television and movies. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bernie
Great movie I have been able to find hard to find movies on amazon. They are not over priced either.Published 16 months ago by Kathy Bassette
This is a movie I have enjoyed over the years. just had to own it. I am happy I found itPublished on February 24, 2014 by Ejemas
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