Review: ‘Two-Minute Warning’

An off-the-beaten-track story [based on the novel by George La Fountaine] of a football stadium crowd menaced by a sniper, combined with above-average plotting, acting and direction.

An off-the-beaten-track story [based on the novel by George La Fountaine] of a football stadium crowd menaced by a sniper, combined with above-average plotting, acting and direction.

The sniper is introduced intriguingly via subjective camera, but later is seen (Warren Miller) in teasing long shots, blurred closed-circuit pans and other clever devices which keep him all the more menacing.

Among the prominent players, all of whom take seriously their roles, are stadium manager Martin Balsam and assistant Brock Peters; unmarried but longtime lovers David Janssen and Gena Rowlands (she can convey a reel of characterization in 10 seconds of film); and unemployed young father Beau Bridges, trying to show his and wife Pamela Bellwood’s children a good time.

1976: Nomination: Best Editing

Two-Minute Warning

Production

Universal. Director Larry Peerce; Producer Edward S. Feldman; Screenplay Edward Hume; Camera Gerald Hirschfeld; Editor Eve Newman, Walter Hannemann; Music Charles Fox; Art Director Herman A. Blumenthal

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 115 MIN.

With

Charlton Heston John Cassavetes Martin Balsam Beau Bridges Marilyn Hassett David Janssen
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