EVENTS UNFOLD OVER… The short minutes that pass between 10:35 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THIS TIME: On the day he is supposed to turn in his badge, a marshall in a small New Mexico town decides he must confront a criminal he put in jail—and three members of his gang—who will be arriving on the noon train.
(APPROXIMATE) TIME THAT PASSES: about 100 minutes
SEMI-RELEVANT FACTOID: While the film is (wrongly) celebrated for unfolding in “real time” (as the film is 84 minutes long), editor Elmo Williams (who, along with co-editor Harry Gerstad, won an Oscar for his work), created a cut that closely matches, minute-for-minute, the time that passes over the last hour.
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