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Timecode (2000)

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Four frames of simultaneous action that alternately follow a smitten lesbian lover as she obsesses over her partner's dalliances and the tense goings-on of a Hollywood film production company.

Director:

Mike Figgis

Writer:

Mike Figgis (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Xander Berkeley ... Evan Wantz
Golden Brooks ... Onyx Richardson
Saffron Burrows ... Emma
Viveka Davis ... Victoria Cohen
Richard Edson ... Lester Moore
Aimee Graham ... Sikh Nurse
Salma Hayek ... Rose
Glenne Headly ... Therapist
Andrew Heckler ... Auditioning Actor
Holly Hunter ... Renee Fishbine
Danny Huston ... Randy
Daphna Kastner Daphna Kastner ... Auditioning Actor
Patrick Kearney Patrick Kearney ... Drug House Owner
Elizabeth Low Elizabeth Low ... Penny - Evan's Assistant
Kyle MacLachlan ... Bunny Drysdale
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Storyline

The primary story with this movie is that it is shown in four simultaneously filmed ninety-three minute single shot takes (in other words, shown in four quadrants), with the actual plot secondary. The four cameras follow the players involved, with two or more of the four cameras sometimes filming the exact same scene from different angles and thus different perspectives. The audio on each of the four quadrants is turned up and down based on which quadrant(s) the viewer should pay most attention to at any given time. The actual plot, which takes place in Hollywood, involves the pre-production by Red Mullet Productions for the movie "Bitch from Louisiana". The production team is in an executive meeting to discuss several aspects of the movie, including problems with one of their own, Alex Green, who has been missing in action from much of the production and this meeting. Alex's problems stem from his substance abuse and philandering, his wife Emma who is contemplating leaving him, of ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Four cameras. One take. No edits. Real time. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, sexuality, language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Time Code See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,148, 30 April 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$945,041, 11 June 2000
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was written on music paper, exactly like a string quartet. Each bar line representing a minute. See more »

Goofs

Right before the first earthquake, inside the limo with Hayek and Tripplehorn, you can see the shadow of a crew member's hand below the newspaper counting down from five and the earthquake starts. See more »

Quotes

Evan Wantz: Darren, why do they call it a budget?
Darren: They call it a budget so you don't budge from it.
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Alternate Versions

Timecode was shot with a total of 15, 90+ minute, real-time takes. For the theatrical release the last take was used. Take 1, which runs 93 minutes, has the role of the Executive played by Holly Houston and the role of Emma's Therapist is played by Laurie Metcalf. Take 15, the one used for the theatrical version which runs 97 minutes, has the roles of the Executive taken over by Holly Hunter and the Therapist role is taken over by Glenne Headly. Both takes are included in the US DVD release. See more »

Connections

References The Beast of War (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Title
(uncredited)
Written by Mike Figgis & Anthony Marinelli
Performed by Mike Figgis & Anthony Marinelli
Produced by Mike Figgis & Anthony Marinelli
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Nervous breakdowns, infidelity, alcoholism, drug use, and earthquakes - just your average at Red Mullet productions.
11 May 2000 | by Shiva-11See all my reviews

Red Mullet Inc. is a small independent production company with both a bright future and a host of problems. While the company founder is one of the best schmoozers in the business, he also happens to be a philandering alcoholic, on the verge of a breakdown. Also, while they have a breakthrough film on the go, the producers just fired the entire cast, and the director can't find the lead. Finally, while they have managed to attract one of the best up- and-coming actresses around, she will only work if she can bring her hip-hop socialist music maker. There's also the little matter of the earthquake…

Filmed in four continuous takes, with bouncing cameras, a barebones script and largely improvised dialogue, Time Code is the Blair Witch Project for 2000. Code also boasts a diverse, well known cast (shades of The Player), and a Pulp Fiction style interwoven plot. Its most striking feature however is how the film is displayed: the screen is split into four sections, each with its own unique point of view, dialogue and action. While the sound tends to follow the pivotal action, fading from quadrant to quadrant, it is ultimately up to the viewer to decide what they want to watch and get out of the film.

Although some viewers will undoubtedly find the film disorienting, and hard to follow, it is undeniably engaging, innovative and dare I say it, groundbreaking. There will undoubtedly be many second rate copycats in the coming months so see this film while it's still fresh.


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