Cinema: Beat the Clock


Directed by LARRY PEERCE

Screenplay by EDWARD HUME

By now, everyone knows about the McGuffin—Alfred Hitchcock's pet name for the object (microfilm or rare jewels) that kicks off the action in a suspense film. Less renowned, but just as important, is "the clock." This is movie shorthand for the deadline toward which villains push their mean plans and against which the virtuous struggle mightily. Two-Minute Warning, which concerns a sniper (Warren Miller) in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, has more clocks than a Swiss trade show.

Two-Minute Warning is a movie full of clocks,...

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