Seven Hours to Judgment (1988)

R | 88 mins | Drama | 16 September 1988

Director:

Beau Bridges

Producer:

Mort Abrahams

Cinematographer:

Hanania Baer

Editor:

Bill Butler

Production Designer:

Phedon Papamichael

Production Company:

Trans World Entertainment
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HISTORY

Seven Hours to Judgment marked the second feature film directed by Beau Bridges. His first was 1987’s The Wild Pair (see entry).
       Principal photography began on 13 Jul 1987 in Seattle, WA, according to a 17 Jul 1987 DV production chart.
       End credits state: “Special Thanks to: Alaska Airlines; Adidas; Judge Charles G. Rubin; Stouffer Madison Hotel; to the staff of the Port of Seattle; Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Margo Spellman, Manager – Aviation Public Information, Lawrence E. Parks, Special Services Manager,” and, “Some scenes filmed in Underground Seattle, courtesy of the Underground tour.” ... More Less

Seven Hours to Judgment marked the second feature film directed by Beau Bridges. His first was 1987’s The Wild Pair (see entry).
       Principal photography began on 13 Jul 1987 in Seattle, WA, according to a 17 Jul 1987 DV production chart.
       End credits state: “Special Thanks to: Alaska Airlines; Adidas; Judge Charles G. Rubin; Stouffer Madison Hotel; to the staff of the Port of Seattle; Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Margo Spellman, Manager – Aviation Public Information, Lawrence E. Parks, Special Services Manager,” and, “Some scenes filmed in Underground Seattle, courtesy of the Underground tour.”

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
17 Jul 1987.
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Daily Variety
14 Sep 1988.
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Daily Variety
19 Sep 1988.
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Los Angeles Times
20 Sep 1988
p. 3.
New York Times
17 Sep 1988
p. 12.
Variety
21 Sep 1988
p. 27, 31.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Sarlui/Diamant Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
DGA trainee
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
Cam loader
Still photog
Best boy elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
ART DIRECTORS
Asst art dir
Sketch artist
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Negative conforming
SET DECORATORS
Set dec/Dresser
Prop master
Asst props
Asst props
Const coord
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost asst
MUSIC
Mus ed
Mus coord
Mus rec eng
Mus mixing eng
SOUND
Sd mixer
Sd FX/Foley ed
Sd FX/Foley ed
Dial/ADR
Sd mixer
Sd mixer
Stereo consultant
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
SP/FX tech
SP/FX tech
Titles & optical eff by
MAKEUP
Key hairstylist
Key makeup
Asst makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Exec prod mgr
Prod supv
Loc mgr
Loc asst
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Scr supv
Auditor
Asst auditor
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Honeywagon driver
Driver
Craft service
Wrangler
Extras casting
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Print promotion
First aid
Prod secy
Post prod supv
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
SOURCES
SONGS
“Whistle While You Work Out,” composed by Tom Chase & Steve Rucker, produced by Chase Rucker Productions, Tifin Productions (ASCAP)
“March Of The Killer Klowns,” composed by John Massari, produced by John Massari, Tifin Production (ASCAP)
“Sensational Love,” composed by Douglas Fraser and S. A. Wylymz, produced by Victoria Hamilton, produced by John McCullough & Douglas Fraser.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 September 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 16 September 1988
Production Date:
began 13 July 1987
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo ®
Color
Duration(in mins):
88
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In Seattle, Washington, Ellen Reardon lies in a coma after members of the Icemen gang pushed her in front of a subway train. Ellen’s husband, David Reardon, owner of a chain of electronics stores, pleads with Judge John Eden to postpone the hearing so that he can acquire evidence which would convict the gang members, but John refuses. At the evidentiary hearing, the defense attorney argues that the gang members were trying to save Ellen Reardon from falling onto the subway tracks. Without evidence from the prosecution to show otherwise, John is forced to dismiss the charges. A few hours later, Ellen dies. A distraught David Reardon orders his minions to kidnap John Eden’s wife, Lisa, and has the judge brought to his headquarters. Reardon explains that he will kill Lisa in seven hours unless John brings him evidence against the Icemen. Reardon sends him to see a rival gang, the Grand D’s, who reportedly have the evidence he needs. John finds the gang at a rundown bar. When the Grand Ds demand money, John offers them his watch, Harvard class ring, and wedding ring, and the gang sends him to see a man named Eddie on 16th Street. John telephones his friend, psychiatrist Danny Larwin, to ask for help, but the call disconnects before he can give any details. Fearing for his friend’s life, Danny goes to John’s house, where Reardon attacks and kills him. Meanwhile, Lisa Eden regains consciousness in an abandoned hotel. As she tries to escape, Reardon’s simple-minded henchman, Ira, stops her. Lisa convinces the thug to take her back to her house, but as they leave, Reardon returns to the hotel, binds Lisa, and ... +


In Seattle, Washington, Ellen Reardon lies in a coma after members of the Icemen gang pushed her in front of a subway train. Ellen’s husband, David Reardon, owner of a chain of electronics stores, pleads with Judge John Eden to postpone the hearing so that he can acquire evidence which would convict the gang members, but John refuses. At the evidentiary hearing, the defense attorney argues that the gang members were trying to save Ellen Reardon from falling onto the subway tracks. Without evidence from the prosecution to show otherwise, John is forced to dismiss the charges. A few hours later, Ellen dies. A distraught David Reardon orders his minions to kidnap John Eden’s wife, Lisa, and has the judge brought to his headquarters. Reardon explains that he will kill Lisa in seven hours unless John brings him evidence against the Icemen. Reardon sends him to see a rival gang, the Grand D’s, who reportedly have the evidence he needs. John finds the gang at a rundown bar. When the Grand Ds demand money, John offers them his watch, Harvard class ring, and wedding ring, and the gang sends him to see a man named Eddie on 16th Street. John telephones his friend, psychiatrist Danny Larwin, to ask for help, but the call disconnects before he can give any details. Fearing for his friend’s life, Danny goes to John’s house, where Reardon attacks and kills him. Meanwhile, Lisa Eden regains consciousness in an abandoned hotel. As she tries to escape, Reardon’s simple-minded henchman, Ira, stops her. Lisa convinces the thug to take her back to her house, but as they leave, Reardon returns to the hotel, binds Lisa, and throws her into his van. Elsewhere, John arrives at Eddie’s 16th Street loft. There, Eddie shows him Ellen Reardon’s purse, which was stolen by the Icemen after they shoved her in front of the subway. Eddie demands $1,000 for the handbag, but John has no money. When he tries to take it, Eddie pulls out a shotgun. However, John overpowers him, takes the purse, and leaves with less than an hour to get it to Reardon. Reardon telephones Chino, head of the Icemen gang, to gloat, informing him that John is in possession of Ellen’s purse, which could convict them of her murder, prompting Chino and his men to pursue John into a subway station. They corner him on a platform and threaten him with a knife, but the judge runs down the tracks and escapes. As Chino’s men follow, one of them is killed by a passing train. Hailing a taxicab, John is chased by the Icemen in another taxi, but the gang’s vehicle crashes and explodes. Shortly before 7 a.m., John arrives at Reardon’s warehouse, which is rigged throughout with cameras, explosives, and automatic weapons. Surviving the automobile accident, Chino and his men enter the warehouse, but are intercepted by Ira, Reardon’s henchman. When John climbs the stairs, it is booby-trapped with electronic shocks. He takes the elevator, but machine guns fire upon him when the doors open. John finally comes face to face with Reardon, and sees his wife bound and gagged. Lisa kicks over Reardon’s computer and it short circuits, causing several small explosions to occur throughout the building. John unties Lisa and they flee, as Reardon opens fire on them with a machine gun. Ira exits the elevator and collapses, after Chino stabbed him to death. When the gang leader demands John hand over the purse, Reardon shoots Chino dead. As Reardon and John tussle, Reardon falls to his death over a railing, and John and Lisa walk safely out of the warehouse. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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