Nick of Time

1995

Gene Watson

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GENERAL INFORMATION

The clock is ticking for Johnny Depp in Nick of Time, a twist-filled, race-against-time thriller directed by John Badham. And indeed it is a race, filmed in "real time" so that onscreen events unfold minute by nail-biting minute as they would in real life.

No sooner does accountant Gene Watson (Depp) arrive at L.A.'s Union station with his six-year-old daughter than he's plunged into a nightmare. Two shadowy strangers (Christopher Walken, Roma Maffia) separate Watson from his little girl, slap a gun into his hand and present a devil's bargain: kill a top government official before she leaves a nearby political rally... or never again see his beloved child.

Director: John Badham

Cast: Johnny Depp, Courtney Chase, Charles Dutton, Christopher Walken, Marsha Mason, Peter Strauss, Gloria Reuben, G.D. Spradlin

Awards & Nominations:

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ABOUT THIS MOVIE

(Compiled by Celia, Ila, Mrs. Garvey)

Quotes from Johnny Depp:

"For me, it's always more difficult to play a square. Playing a real straight guy is a real challenge - and wearing that suit every day! I've never played an executive before."
--Johnny Depp
The Virginian-Pilot
November 1995

"Hey, I don't mind working with kids - [Courtney Chase] was a great kid. She won a lot of money off me. We'd bet on how many takes a scene would require. The bet was $20 each time out. She won about $60. A pretty sharp kid."
--Johnny Depp
The Virginian-Pilot
November 1995

"It's not a conscious attempt to be commercial at all - I read the screenplay and liked it a lot. I was on the edge of my seat when I read this thing. It reminded me a lot of the old Hitchcock films. I wanted to do it, and I wanted to work with [director] John Badham. I was a big fan of Saturday Night Fever, which he directed; it's a great movie. I also wanted to work with Christopher Walken, whom I've always admired."
--Johnny Depp
Interview magazine
December 1995

"I've attempted things in the past where people thought I tried to sell out. For example I did this film Nick of Time with [director] John Badham. I don't know if the film was particularly good. I did that film not for money, or not to sell out. I didn't think it was going to be successful at all. I didn't care. I did it because I wanted to work with Christopher Walken and I wanted to work with John Badham. The script was very much like an old school Hitchcock film. All of those elements were intriguing to me so I took it."
--Johnny Depp
The Decatur Daily
July 2005

"It's in the grand tradition of the old Hitchcock-style thrillers….And I've been accused of doing only strange films and oddball characters. I thought it was a good time to do the opposite - someone who is completely straight, a regular-Joe-type guy."
--Johnny Depp
Newsday
November 1995

"I'm interested in story and character and doing things that haven't been done a zillion times. When I read Nick of Time I could see the guy mowing the grass, watering his lawn, putting out the Water Wiggle in the backyard for his kid, and I liked the challenge of playing him. He's nothing like me."
--Johnny Depp
Playboy magazine
January 1996

"I liked the script, I thought it was a good time to make a change. I figured I'd do something else after being accused by everybody of playing weirdos. It was an opportunity to play the straight man. It's really a challenge to do that - you've got to keep the guy interesting. It's tougher."
--Johnny Depp
Washington Post
1995

"Ninety feet. You shake hands with a bunch of guys and say 'how do you do' and then the next thing you know they're attaching you to a wire and putting you ninety feet in the air and then they drop you. You do leave portions of your innards up there for a little while and then they catch up."
--Johnny Depp(on doing his stunt)
CNN
1995

"To play the role, I drew on what was accessible. Family is very important to me. I have nieces and nephews whom I absolutely worship. If anything happened to them, I would go crazy and do anything to save them."
--Johnny Depp
The Secret World of Johnny Depp by Nigel Goodall

Quotes from others:

"We would start to stage a scene, and I would think he was only propped up by a stage brace. He would stand there looking quite shaken, but be totally focused. What I learned right away was, it didn't matter if he never went to bed the night before, because he was right on top of it."
--John Badham
The Secret World of Johnny Depp by Nigel Goodall

"His role is very different from what we've seen Johnny do in the past, and the audience will be rooting for him even as they wonder whether he can be the hero."
--DJ Caruso, Executive Producer
The Secret World of Johnny Depp by Nigel Goodall

"He's a Gemini. Very sensitive, a little shy and very funny. If he wanted to trash a hotel room with me in it, that would be just fine."
--Gloria Rueben, co-star
The Secret World of Johnny Depp by Nigel Goodall

"The film was shot as if we just happened upon these people and their circumstances. The actors were filmed without make-up using hand-held cameras to achieve a raw, realistic feeling. A documentary is shot with the knowledge that you have one shot to get it right, so you can't always put the camera exactly where you would like. You can't always be in focus. Sometimes you're too far or too close to the action. The lighting isn't always perfect or flattering to your subject. That is the illusion we tried to create."
--John Badham
The Secret World of Johnny Depp by Nigel Goodall

"If Hitchcock were making this picture he'd probably have wanted Jimmy Stewart. Who's the Jimmy Stewart of the '90s? Nice, unassuming, unpretentious? Johnny has a basic sweetness to him. He's a classic movie actor, like the true greats--Paul Newman, Gary Cooper, even Steve McQueen. Minimalist in approach, but extremely honest. Johnny is that kind of actor. He has this great ability to be in a scene where he may do nothing and yet he establishes his presence on the screen."
--John Badham
Washington Post
1995

"He is definitely not interested in commercial success. Being a movie star is not a be-all, end-all. Doing interesting parts is important to him."
--John Badham
Washington Post
1995