Nick of Time


Nick of Time

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It isn't the worst '90s action thriller, but by bungling a story pitting Johnny Depp against Christopher Walken, the rote Nick of Time ranks among the most disappointing.



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A stranger pulled into a deadly scheme races against time to save his daughter in this thriller. Gene Watson (Johnny Depp) is an accountant who comes to L.A. with his ten-year-old daughter Lynn (Courtney Chase) to attend a funeral. On the street, Gene and Lynn are pulled aside by Mr. Smith (Christopher Walken) and Ms. Jones (Roma Maffia), who flash what look like police badges and usher them into a van. Gene soon discovers that he's been kidnapped, and his captors have an unusual demand -- if Gene does not murder Gov. Eleanor Grant (Marsha Mason) within 75 minutes, his daughter will be killed. Gene now has just an hour and a quarter to tip off the authorities, spare Gov. Grant, and find out what Smith and Jones are trying to do, along with saving his daughter's life. He finds a much-needed ally in one-legged shoe-shine man Huey (Charles S. Dutton). Most of the action in Nick of Time occurs in "real time," meaning that the passage of time on screen matches that of real life, as the frequent shots of clocks and watches will attest.

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Johnny Depp
as Gene Watson
Courtney Chase
as Lynn Watson
Roma Maffia
as Ms. Jones
Marsha Mason
as Gov. Eleanor Grant
Peter Strauss
as Brendan Grant
Gloria Reuben
as Krista Brooks
Bill Smitrovich
as Officer Trust
G.D. Spradlin
as Mystery Man
Miguel Nájera
as Franco, Governor's Bodyguard
Jerry Tondo
as Chief Aide
Lance Hunter Voorhees
as Weapons Security
Lance August
as Personal Security
Peter Mackenzie
as JBN Reporter
Rick Zieff
as JBN Videographer
Tom Bradley
as Himself
Michael Chong
as Asian Man
Cynthia Noritake
as Asian Woman
Holly Kuespert
as Physically Attractive Woman
Pamela Dunlap
as Centerpiece Poacher
Jan Speck
as Rally Orienter
Tom Lawrence
as Personal Waste Facility User
Robert Buckingham
as Illegal Security Access Carrier
John Azevedo Jr.
as Security Associate
Clark Johnson
as Hackney Transportist
Isabel Lorca
as French Woman
Antonette Saftler
as Mrs. Wentzel
Teddy Beeler
as Union Station Security
Alison Stuart
as Verbally Abusive Spouse
Yul Vázquez
as Gustino, Guest Services
Edith Diaz
as Irene, Domestic Maintenance
Armando Ortega
as Hector, Guest Services
C.J. Bau
as Mixologist
Cynthena Sanders
as Beverage Server
Dana Mackey
as Transport Reception Manager
Christopher Jacobs
as Comestible Server
Charles Carroll
as Sanitation Engineer
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Critic Reviews for Nick of Time

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Audience Reviews for Nick of Time

A very average movie, a political conspiracy Thriller, with a corny plot. No Johnny Depp stamp on this one and not one he'll be remembered for, watchable, but very forgettable

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

I forgot about it as soon as I saw it.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

Ninety minutes. Six bullets. No choice.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

"Kisses to you. - No, kisses to you!" John Badham, the director, has had some moderate success in the 70's and 80's. 'Saturday Night Fever', 'War Games' and 'Stakeout' just to name a few. Nowadays he's making a career at the TV industry and I'm pretty sure that 'Nick of Time' has something to do with it... Don't get me wrong! This movie has some good elements. First of all comes in mind that the movie is shown in "real time". I can't really think of that many movies that are made like this. 'Vantage Point' and 'Phone Booth'? And of course now Jack Bauer on TV in '24'... But the problem with this movie is that it doesn't fee like a movie but more like a 90 minute long TV film. It doesn't have "big screen" written on it. The action is pretty lame and there's like no tension at all. And come to think of it, the story ain't that good either... But what saves this film from sucking ass is Christopher Walken. He manages to overact once again but in a good way... Like always. Johnny Depp shows glimpses of his star ability but the rest of the cast are mostly unknown to me or familiar from different TV shows. Don't get me wrong (again), I like good TV just as much as the next guy but this isn't a film that should be given major release because it just doesn't have the key elements for that. So, in my opinion, 'Nick of Time' is recommended only for Depp or Walken fans.

Jani H
Jani H

Super Reviewer

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