DirectorJonathan Heap Production designAlex Hajdu LanguageEnglish
WriterRichard A. Lupoff, Stephen Tolkin, Jonathan Heap Release date1990 (1990) GenresShort Film, Science Fiction, Psychological thriller CastKurtwood Smith (Myron Castleman), Jane Alden (Stephanie), Don Amendolia (Prof. Nathan Rosenbluth), John Bachelder (Blazer Driver), Laura Harrington (Dolores) Similar moviesTerminator Genisys, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Back to the Future, Project Almanac, Star Trek, Southland Tales
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12:01 PM is a 1990 short film starring Kurtwood Smith. Directed by Jonathan Heap, it originally aired on cable television in 1990 as part of the Showtime 30-Minute Movie anthology series. It was nominated for an Academy Award.
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, 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.
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.