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12:01 PM is a 1990 short film directed by Jonathan Heap and starring Kurtwood Smith. It aired on cable television in 1990 as part of the Showtime 30-Minute Movie anthology series. It was nominated for an Academy Award.[1][2] [3]

12:01 PM
Directed byJonathan Heap
Produced byTeresa E. Kounin
Written byRichard A. Lupoff
Stephen Tolkin
Jonathan Heap
StarringKurtwood Smith
Laura Harrington
Don Amendolia
Jane Alden
Music byStephen Melillo
CinematographyCharlie Lieberman
Edited byHubert de la Bouillerie
Chanticleer Films
Release date
  • 1990 (1990)
Running time
25 minutes
CountryUnited States

It is the first film adaptation of the short story "12:01 PM" by Richard A. Lupoff, which was published in the December 1973 edition of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The major plot device is a time loop or time bounce.



Kurtwood Smith plays Myron Castleman,[4][5] an everyman stuck in a loop that forces him to constantly relive the same hour of his life over and over, being the only person aware of this. During one loop, he discovers that a scientist named Nathan Rosenbluth has predicted an event that matches his experience. Castleman calls him and explains what is going on, however, Rosenbluth is highly skeptical of his claims. Over the next loops, Myron struggles to get into contact with Rosenbluth again, and in the process becomes frustrated to the point of screaming at his secretary and throwing his suitcase into traffic. Eventually, he does manage to talk to Rosenbluth, who initially dismisses Myron as crazy until Myron describes the transition as the scientist had predicted (including the phrase "Consciousness is an independent variable," which is central to Rosenbluth's theories). The professor sadly informs Castleman that there is nothing that can be done, causing Myron to become hysterical and shoot himself. There is a brief pause until Myron finds himself back at the beginning of the loop, realizing that he is trapped for eternity.

Home mediaEdit

This version has not been released on DVD or VHS in the United States, but it is available on DVD in the UK, collected on a DVD with other short films.[6][7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Awards for 12:01 PM on IMDb
  2. ^ "1990 (63rd): Short Film (Live Action) – Hillary Ripps, Jonathan Heap". Academy Awards Database. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2014-09-17. Retrieved 2014-09-16.
  3. ^ Short Film Winners: 1991 Oscars-YouTube
  4. ^ "Kurtwood Smith Biography". CBS. Archived from the original on 2008-09-12. Retrieved 2008-12-23.
  5. ^ "12:01 PM (1990): Full Cast & Crew". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2014-09-16.
  6. ^ Turner, Kathleen (Director) (2005-06-27). Cinema Collection Vol 5 (DVD). UPC 5031932113068.
  7. ^ ASIN B0009JJXUA, Cinema Collection: 5 DVD (2005-06-27)

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