EVENTS UNFOLD OVER… An afternoon and evening on a very hot August day in 1972
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THIS TIME: A simple bank robbery goes sideways moments into the job—and a pair of first-time crooks (one of whom wants the money to finance a friend’s surgical procedure) must deal with a bunch of hostages, the police, FBI and TV reporters that turn their sad story into a media circus.
(APPROXIMATE) TIME THAT PASSES: The movie effectively begins (judging from a quick shot of a billboard clock right before the car rolls up to the bank) at 2:57 p.m.—and ends late at night on the tarmac of an airport—let’s say: 8 HOURS
SEMI-RELEVANT FACTOID: The songs that play at the beginning of the movie and are heard over the radio in a scene in the bank (Elton John’s “Amoreena” and Uriah Heep’s “Easy Living”) are the only pieces of music in the movie.
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