Running Time (film)

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Running Time
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DVD cover
Directed by Josh Becker
Produced by Josh Becker
Jane Goe
Written by Josh Becker
Starring Bruce Campbell
Jeremy Roberts
Anita Barone
Music by Joseph LoDuca
Cinematography Kurt Rauf
Edited by Raymond Berthaud
Kaye Davis
Release dates
Running time
70 min.
Country United States
Language English

Running Time is a 1997 independent film written, produced & directed by Josh Becker. Principal cast members are Bruce Campbell, Jeremy Roberts and Anita Barone.

The movie is of particular interest for two points. First, it was filmed in real time similar to Robert Wise's noir boxing film The Set-Up (1949). Secondly it also tracks as a continuous take with no cuts, rather like Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948). For aesthetic and practical reasons Becker opted for black & white, offering a neo-Noir feel and giving him fewer problems in scene transitions.


A prison inmate (Campbell) receives early release only to immediately rejoin his former criminal comrades in a heist. In the hour or so he rekindles a romance with an old flame (Barone) and realizes the "good ol' days" with his partner in crime (Roberts) just might not have been so good.


  • Bruce Campbell – Carl Matushka
  • Jeremy Roberts – Patrick
  • Anita Barone – Randi/Jane
  • William Stanford Davis – Buzz
  • Gordon Jennison Noice – Donny
  • Art LaFleur – Warden Emmett E. Walton
  • Dana Craig – Mr. Mueller
  • Curtis Taylor – Prison guard
  • Bridget Hoffman – Receptionist


Despite no approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Running Time received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. Dennis Schwartz of "Ozus' World Movie Reviews" gave it a negative review, calling it "the kind of dumb movie where you are encouraged to laugh at the pathetic losers on the screen". Super reviewer Patrick Dolan thought the film was "actually pretty engrossing. This is a great experiment, that I really enjoyed the hell out of for the most part", and fellow super reviewer Christopher Brown gave a positive review, calling it a "great low budget Becker film which follows Hitchock's Rope in trying to make it seem like it's taken in one shot. The story is forgettable, though Bruce is in it, but the filmmaking is very memorable".

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