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88 Minutes (2007)

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On the day that a serial killer that he helped put away is supposed to be executed, a noted forensic psychologist and college professor receives a call informing him that he has 88 minutes left to live.

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Jon Avnet
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Jack Gramm
Alicia Witt ... Kim Cummings
Leelee Sobieski ... Lauren Douglas
Amy Brenneman ... Shelly Barnes
William Forsythe ... Frank Parks
Deborah Kara Unger ... Carol Lynn Johnson
Ben McKenzie ... Mike Stempt (as Benjamin McKenzie)
Neal McDonough ... Jon Forster
Leah Cairns ... Sara Pollard
Stephen Moyer ... Guy LaForge
Christopher Redman ... Jeremy Guber
Trilby Glover ... Defense Attorney
Damien Leake ... The Judge
Brendan Fletcher ... Johnny D'Franco
Michael Eklund ... J.T. Rycker
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Storyline

In Seattle, the successful forensic psychiatrist and college professor Jack Gramm is in evidence since he was responsible for the condemnation of the serial killer Jon Forster, influencing the jury to sentence him to the death row. Jon accuses Jack of manipulation, inducing one witness and sister of one of his victims to testify against him. On the eve of Jon's execution, Jack receives a phone call telling him that he has only eighty-eight minutes of life, while a killer is copycatting Jon, killing women with the same "modus-operandi" and is investigated by Seattle Slayer Task Force. With the support of associate Shelly Barnes, an FBI agent, his friend Frank Parks, and his assistant Kim Cummings, Jack investigates some weird and problematic students, a security guard of the campus and the woman with whom he had one night stand. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Jack Gramm has eighty-eight minutes to solve a murder. His own. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

88 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,957,216, 20 April 2008

Gross USA:

$17,213,467

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,593,385
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Dolby Digital | DTS (uncredited)| SDDS (uncredited)

Color:

Color (FotoKem)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jon Avnet replaced James Foley as director. See more »

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When Jack Gramm stops the motorbike in the parking lot, a crew member is visible in the background, wearing combat-patterned trousers and a black T-shirt. See more »

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Alternate Versions

The movie ends with Professor Gramm speaking on the phone to Jon Foster and telling him that he's just got 12 hours to live, mimicking the menacing tone he's been given throughout the movie. Some copies of the film end there, while in some DVD versions, there is a scene afterwards in which Professor Gramm tells his class that Forster was killed via lethal injection. See more »

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Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)
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Really weak! Bad plot and lame acting
4 January 2008 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

I don't think that Al Pacino is a bad actor. I know he can act and he can do it well. Maybe he was just annoyed with the quality of the script. Or maybe he needed a quick buck. I have no idea what happened in this film, but the results were dreadful.

Let me start with the plot: typical race thriller. Personally involved strong character (usually a cop) is on the clock to solve some problem or else. No one helps him, sometimes they even stand in his way, while he battles the odds. In this particular version the hero is personally involved, but does not show it, the people around him try to help, but they are either completely incompetent or pushed away by the very person they are trying to help or (most of the time) Pacino's character doesn't even tell them he is in need of help. As for the time limit, it is an arbitrary time limit that he can completely ignore if he really wants to. And as for the strength of the thrill... I guessed the killer in the first 10 minutes of the film. And not just by looking at the cast or reading magical runes. It was blatantly obvious.

Then the acting. Everyone acts sub standard, but Al Pacino is the worse. He doesn't seem to care a bit about anything in the movie. He is supposed to be a rational FBI profiler that puts logic before his feelings, but he comes out as slightly bored by the badly written intricacies of the plot.

So, shame on people that use clichés and aging famous actors to win some easy money, but even more shame to people that can't even get a cliché right. Watch some movies first, then make others. Gee!


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