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Two-Minute Warning (1976)

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A crazed sniper is set to kill spectators at an L.A. Coliseum football championship game and the police races against time to eliminate him.

Director:

Larry Peerce

Writers:

George LaFountaine (novel) (as George La Fountaine), Edward Hume (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Capt. Peter Holly
John Cassavetes ... Sgt. Button
Martin Balsam ... Sam McKeever
Beau Bridges ... Mike Ramsay
Marilyn Hassett ... Lucy
David Janssen ... Steve
Jack Klugman ... Sandman
Gena Rowlands ... Janet
Walter Pidgeon ... The Pickpocket
Brock Peters ... Paul
David Groh ... Al
Mitchell Ryan ... The Priest
Joe Kapp ... Charlie Tyler
Pamela Bellwood ... Peggy Ramsay
Jon Korkes ... Jeffrey
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Storyline

A psychotic sniper plans a massive killing spree in a Los Angeles football stadium during a major championship game. The police, led by Captain Peter Holly and SWAT commander Sergeant Button, learn of the plot and rush to the scene. Written by Tim Tompkins <homerjer@hotmail.com>

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91,000 people. 33 exit gates. One Sniper... See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Two Minute Warning See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,700,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Merv Griffin: The talk-show host as himself singing the American National Anthem at the football match. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, Sgt Button and Capt Holly are stalking the sniper in the tower where he is hiding. Visibility is almost nil because of darkness and the smoke from a smoke grenade, yet the two officers are wearing sunglasses. All this would have made it near impossible for them to see the sniper, yet Holly spots him immediately and shoots him. See more »

Quotes

Steve: He's a hell of a charmer. Just make sure his hair doesn't fall in your drink.
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Alternate Versions

Also, although Larry Peerce's name remains in the credits of the alternate version ("A Larry Peerce-Edward S. Feldman Film"), "Gene Palmer" is credited as director and Francesca Turner a co-screenwriter. See more »

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Closer to reality now
30 December 2002 | by TSMChicagoSee all my reviews

A determined sniper is discovered by a TV crew in a scoreboard tower at a football game and how will police deal with the situation. The placement of S.W.A.T. sharpshooters on the light towers to take out the gunman would be the logical response since sneaking up on the guy might provoke him to shoot into the crowd.

I find this film to be a bit slow as stock characters are introduced and placed at the game. Once the sniper takes his position and becomes a threat, this film turns exciting, gritty and violent as shots are exchanged.

The fact that the shooter is faceless adds to the scariness of the situation. Who is this guy and what is his major malfunction?

The recent events in the Washington D.C. area add an air of reality to the movie. Previously no one would have believed that people were capable of such an ugly crime.

"Two-Minute Warning", aside from the formula melodrama, is a creepy thriller that might be a little too real now.


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