THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

TWO MINUTE WARNING (1976)










#93 is another throwback lovingly restored by Shout Factory - 1976's Two-Minute Warning, where a nameless unseen sniper hides during the big championship game at the L-A Coliseum and waits. He's spotted (by a camera on the Goodyear blimp, of course) and the cops get organized in the person of captain Charlton Heston, who calls in a SWAT team led by John Cassavetes to stand by and maybe pick off the tower sniper with a SWAT sniper hiding in the light fixtures. After a grueso...me opening where the unseen sniper takes out a bicyclist for practice, he heads for the stadium where he does nothing until well past the two minute warning. Very dull til the end as we learn the problems and personalities of prospective shooting victims David Janssen, Gena Rowlands, Beau Bridges, Jack Klugman, Mitchell Ryan and lots more. Not a great piece but rather a curiosity, Two-Minute Warning was a misfire for Universal with its ultra-violence and R rating, shutting out the families with kiddies.

NOTE: when this was about to be shown on NBC, the network balked at showing a film featuring a sniper with no motive and all that death. So Universal reshot 40 minutes of footage making the sniper a distraction for an art heist (!). It's included on the disc and it is awful. No one gets shot and whole characters disappear from the narrative. This version has become the official version of Two-Minute Warning on TV. If you must watch, select the original version.

TLA one-word review: grim