88 Minutes

April 18th, 2008


88 Minutes

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On the day that a serial killer that he helped put away is supposed to be executed, a noted forensic psychologist and college professor receives a call informing him that he has 88 minutes left to live.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 5.8/10 (40,003 voted)

Critic's Score: 17/100

Director: Jon Avnet

Stars: Al Pacino, Alicia Witt, Ben McKenzie

In Seattle, the successful forensic psychiatrist and college professor Jack Gramm is in evidence since he was responsible for the condemnation of the serial killer Jon Forster, influencing the jury to sentence him to the death row. Jon accuses Jack of manipulation, inducing one witness and sister of one of his victims to testify against him. On the eve of Jon's execution, Jack receives a phone call telling him that he has only eighty-eight minutes of life, while a killer is copycatting Jon, killing women with the same "modus-operandi" and is investigated by Seattle Slayer Task Force. With the support of associate Shelly Barnes, an FBI agent, his friend Frank Parks, and his assistant Kim Cummings, Jack investigates some weird and problematic students, a security guard of the campus and the woman with whom he had one night stand.

Al Pacino - Jack Gramm
Alicia Witt - Kim Cummings
Leelee Sobieski - Lauren Douglas
Amy Brenneman - Shelly Barnes
William Forsythe - Frank Parks
Deborah Kara Unger - Carol Lynn Johnson
Ben McKenzie - Mike Stempt (as Benjamin McKenzie)
Neal McDonough - Jon Forster
Leah Cairns - Sara Pollard
Stephen Moyer - Guy LaForge
Christopher Redman - Jeremy Guber
Brendan Fletcher - Johnny D'Franco
Michael Eklund - J.T. Rycker
Kristina Copeland - Dale Morris
Tammy Hui - Janie Cates

Taglines: He has 88 minutes to solve a murder. His own.


Official Website: Metropolitan Films [France] | Sony Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 18 April 2008

Filming Locations: Koerner Plaza, University of British Columbia, Robson Square Campus - 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $6,957,216 (USA) (20 April 2008) (2168 Screens)

Gross: $16,930,884 (USA) (18 May 2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The movie trailer of the film reveals parts of scenes that failed to reach the final cut, most obvious of which were flashbacks of the trial convicting Jon Foster.

Continuity: When Gramm takes the cab from the cab driver for the first time, it is raining. When they arrive at their first destination, it is clear with no trace of rain.

[first lines]
Kate: Look at me. Look at the kite.

User Review

There is a good reason why they don't want to release it


This is such a poor movie, it is unbelievable. Especially considering it has such a solid actor like Al Pacino. Fans of his will wish they never saw it.

Al plays the role of a psychologist consultant for the police who is also a teacher of forensic psychology. The movie starts the day a serial killer who was convicted based on his testimony is about to executed. But it is a bad day for Al's character because there is new evidence that suggests he helped convict the wrong man. Oh, not only that, but he receives an anonymous phone call telling him he has 88 minutes to live.

Al Pacino plays a hardcore guy in most of his films, that is usually what makes them great. It seems like they tried to do the same thing with this movie and accomplished the opposite. His character is surrounded by bimbo 20-year-olds throwing themselves at him and guys with leather jackets for him to beat up. But it just ends up feeling like a desperate attempt to prove he "still has it." The only thing floating this movie is a gimmick for a plot (the whole 88 minutes to live thing) which sort of ends of being a subplot anyway. Al Pacino fans are going to hate me for saying all this until they see it for themselves.


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