12:01 PM (1990 film)

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12:01 PM
Directed by Jonathan Heap
Produced by Teresa E. Kounin
Written by Richard A. Lupoff
Stephen Tolkin
Jonathan Heap
Starring Jane Alden
Kurtwood Smith
Don Amendolia
John Bachelder
Music by Stephen Melillo
Cinematography Charlie Lieberman
Editing by Hubert de la Bouillerie
Release dates
  • 1990 (1990)
Running time 25 minutes
Country United States
Language English

12:01 PM is a 1990 short film starring Kurtwood Smith. Directed by Jonathan Heap, it originally aired on cable television in 1990 as part of the Showtime 30-Minute Movie anthology series. It was nominated for an Academy Award.[1][2]

It is the first film adaptation of the short story "12:01 PM" by Richard A. Lupoff, which was published in the December 1973 edition of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The major plot device is a time loop or time bounce.


Kurtwood Smith plays Myron Castleman,[3] an everyman stuck in a loop that forces him to constantly relive the same hour of his life over and over, being the only person aware of this. During one loop, he discovers that a scientist named Nathan Rosenbluth has predicted an event that matches his experience. Castleman calls him and explains what is going on, however, Rosenbluth is highly skeptical of his claims. Over the next loops, he struggles to get into contact with him again, and in the process becomes frustrated to the point of screaming at his secretary and throwing his suitcase into traffic. Eventually, he does manage to talk to Rosenbluth, who initially dismisses Myron as crazy until he describes the transition as the scientist had predicted. He sadly informs Castleman that there is nothing that can be done, causing Myron to become hysterical and shoot himself. There is a brief pause until he finds himself back at the beginning of the loop, realizing that he is trapped for eternity.

Home media[edit]

This version has not been released on DVD or VHS in the United States, but it is available on DVD in the UK, collected on a DVD with other short films.[4]


  1. ^ "12:01 PM (1990) - Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  2. ^ "1990 (63rd): Short Film (Live Action)". Academy Awards Database. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 
  3. ^ "Kurtwood Smith Biography". CBS. 
  4. ^ Turner, Kathleen (Director) (2005-06-27). Cinema Collection Vol 5 (DVD). UPC 5031932113068. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 

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