Timebomb (1991 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAvi Nesher
Produced byRaffaella De Laurentiis
Written byAvi Nesher
StarringMichael Biehn
Patsy Kensit
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • 1991 (1991)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States

Timebomb is a 1991 American science-fiction action film written and directed by Avi Nesher and starring Michael Biehn, Patsy Kensit, and Richard Jordan.


Mild-mannered watchmaker Eddy Kay (Michael Biehn) runs into a burning building to save a trapped woman and is featured in the news as a result. Watching the news, Colonel Taylor (Richard Jordan) is shocked to see Eddy, whom he had assumed to be dead. A game of cat and mouse begins as Eddy, with the help of psychiatrist Dr. Anna Nolmar (Patsy Kensit), tries to discover his past and why they want him dead.

Eddy and Dr. Nolmar discover that he was part of a secret government program to create assassins. Using various sensory deprivation and brainwashing techniques, the assassins could be sent to infiltrate other organizations and facilities undetected and carry out programmed missions. Eddy manages to capture and interrogate one of the female assassins (Tracy Scoggins), finding out the Colonel's current assassination plan. He then plots to confront Colonel Taylor and put an end to the assassination program once and for all.


Actress and comedian Julie Brown makes an uncredited cameo as a waitress at Al's Diner.


The film was shot under the title Nameless with a budget of $6 million.

Producers originally wanted Jean-Claude Van Damme or Chuck Norris to play Kay, but Nesher saw Biehn as perfect for the role due to his performance in The Abyss. Biehn himself took a pay cut to show his dedication to the film.[1]

Biehn underwent intensive military training for several weeks to prepare for the role.[1]


MGM gave the film a limited theatrical release in September 1991.[2]

The film was released as a VOD title on DVD by MGM in December 2011.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Trivia for Timebomb (1991)". imdb.com. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  2. ^ "Box office/business for Timebomb (1991)". imdb.com. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  3. ^ "Timebomb (1991) DVD". amazon.com. Retrieved May 19, 2014.

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