Two Minute Warning (1976)

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A nightmare of fear and panic unfolds as a lone gunman sets his sights on a sell-out crowd at a championship football game. Academy Award Nominations: Best Film Editing.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Sports & Fitness
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Universal Pictures

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Critic Reviews for Two Minute Warning

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

I thought perhaps the movie would at least include a little pop sociology to soften its blood-letting. Not a chance. It's a cheerfully unashamed exploitation of two of our great national preoccupations, pro football and guns.

Full Review… | September 27, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
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There is just enough energy remaining to make Two-Minute Warning an amusing time waster.

Full Review… | September 27, 2015
TIME Magazine
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An off-the-beaten-track story of a football stadium crowd menaced by a sniper, combined with above-average plotting, acting and direction.

Full Review… | September 27, 2015
Variety
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Efficient enough as formula suspense, but it fails to confront the implications of its subject, preferring instead evasiveness and fast cynicism to pull it through.

Full Review… | September 27, 2015
Time Out
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Two Minute Warning, about a mad sniper in a crowded football stadium, has the suspense, the compassion, the human vision and the individual nuance you would expect in a movie about a foot stepping on an anthill.

Full Review… | September 27, 2015
New York Times
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While the acting styles of John Cassavetes and Charlton Heston clash like cymbals, director Larry Peerce preoccupies himself with grandstanding camerawork that does little to heighten tension or make us care for the potential targets.

Full Review… | September 27, 2015
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Two Minute Warning

½

Fast paced thriller starring Charlton Heston, Martin Balsam and John Cassavetes trying to prevent a sniper from going on a mass killing spree at the football championship game in the Los Angeles Coliseum. The plot gets bogged down by the spectators portrayed by a "B" level supporting cast and too much time is spent on their personal problems. David Janssen and Gena Rowlands are a quarreling middle aged couple; David Groh is a womanizing doctor; Walter Pidgeon is a pickpocket; and Beau Bridges is a man who's just lost his job and is trying to show his family a good time. I guess most notable of this group was Jack Klugman, who pretty much reprises his role of Oscar Madison, as a gambler who will be killed by his bookie if he does not win his bet on the game. I guess the NFL did not want to be associated with this film because the film uses generic footage between two non-descript teams wearing uniforms. The long shots look like they were filmed in a game between USC and Stanford universities and the close up shots looked staged. The championship game is referred to as Championship X (replicating the Super Bowl's use of Roman numerals). Despite these shortcomings, there is plenty of anticipatory action as the viewer waits to see who in the crowd survives the impending killing spree. The film's two hours were not wasted.

John Tandlich
John Tandlich

its a pretty good film. a little too much in depth with minor characters. there is not enough heston screen time.

Dan K
Dan K
½

I'm only the 10th person to rate this? That's crazy. This is a good movie. It's a thriller about a sniper at a football game. We meet all the people with semi-boring soap opera mini stories and then we see them all get shot. John Cassavetes and Charlton Heston play the cops trying to get the sniper before he does a bunch of bad stuff. It's exciting, it's gory, and it's fun. A good 70's thriller.

Matt Kendrick
Matt Kendrick

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