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Discussion in 'Movies' started by felix_suwarno, Aug 17, 2003.
are there any other movies whose story unfold in real time just like "nick of time" ?
High Noon, a western movie from the 50s. It's about a small-town sherriff who is going to have a gunfight with some guys who are just getting out of prison that he put there in the first place. It takes place from about 10 AM to after the fire fight, I think. I saw it 3 years ago, very good movie. BTW, all the clocks in the movie are set for the right time, which was very neat.
You may be interested in the TV show 24 with Kiefer Sutherland.
Technically, Alfred Hitchcock's Rope must have taken place in real time - the long takes and absence of any editing means that time must have passed at the same rate as shown. Of course, it does mean that two guys must have committed a murder, set up for a party, held a party that ran for at least two courses, had the party finish, and then have the murder discovered
all within 80 minutes, but that doesn't matter. Real time is never terribly convincing anyway (just look at 24 - I love the show, it's brilliant, but the real time aspect doesn't really work). Timecode also happens in real time.
The original (5 hour +) version of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World was supposed to be in real time, but is lost forever.
Several other films that occur in real time are: The Set-Up Cleo From 5 To 7 A Single Girl I believe a case could also be made for Lola Rent ( Run Lola Run ) - Walter.
Running Time with Bruce Campbell. An action movie attempting to appear to be all one shot. The cuts are well hidden (even if it's obvious where they occur) and it plays in real time. The movie is entertaining but more interesting from a technical standpoint, and a counterpoint to the Michael Bay style action movie. The DVD is well put together by Anchor Bay and has a decent commentary with Campbell and the director.
Not quite real time, but all the events in Training Day happened within one very busy day. And I think the events in Dog Day Afternoon took place within a day too.
Plenty of films take place in a single day. And some come close to real time—High Noon’s running time is less than an hour and a half, is not enough time for the events to unfold. Walter has a good list and Matthew with The Rope and Al with Running Time have good entries with films that try to simulate a single take of real time (as captured by the camera). Russian Ark is for right now, the champ, as it is so real time that its 96 minutes was done in a single take from one camera. Now that is real time.
For a really cool, if somewhat frustrating, real time flick, take a look at Time Code , dir. by Mike Figgis. Really interesting experimental filmmaking, if not wholly successful.
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Phone Booth! That's an excellent movie!
I was reading through this thread and was thinking... what about Phone Booth?? Then I read the last post . good one Tony-B.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie sort of takes place in real time, even if it's not indicated.
My Dinner With Andre (though nothing really happens in it! )
In Leon (The Professional), Oldman's character says he'll show up at noon. The day it takes place, we see a clock that says 11:58, the following sequence takes exactly two minutes, and he and his men show up. Also, it's just a great all-around movie.
> I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Phone Booth! The whole thing isn't real time, maybe most of the middle part.
Why do you say it isn't all real time? It sure seemed like it to me.
Nervous Ticks Also not exactly "real time", but close enough to be fun: After Hours Adventures in Babysitting Three O'Clock High
No mention of Snake Eyes? I thought I was the only other person who had seen Nervous Ticks.