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Today I read a review of a new movie called "In Time", directed by Andrew Niccol. People have a certain amount of time to live, people can buy and sell time and extend their lives. I feel I have read this story somewhere before but can't find it.

I do remember a part where the main character, a man, is running out of time. He finds a woman he met (perhaps the previous night, in a bar?) and asks her for the time he gave her, but she says she doesn't remember him.

Any help appreciated!

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Does anyone know of the short story I mentioned above? I seem to recall it as illustrated, and the characters touched their earlobes to hear their time balance. (Please tell me if I should make this a new question.) –  NiceOrc Oct 30 '11 at 23:44
I remember this story turned into a TV special when I was a child, probably in the 1970's. I think it was based on a short story and I have been trying to find it also. Still no luck. I remember the special was titled, "One Thousand Years." –  user3464 Nov 18 '11 at 3:46
@NiceOrc Sure, if you have a follow-up question like that, ask a separate question. Your comment won't have gotten much attention. Be sure to mention as much as you remember about the story (in particular when you read it, if possible; also try to draw comparisons with Repent, Harlequin, if you've read that, because it's fairly well-known). –  Gilles Nov 18 '11 at 8:27
I remember watching this short film many years ago on British TV; it was the same story. There was a season of short films aired at that time and this one stuck in my mind, so this new In Time is a rip-off of this short story. –  user3633 Dec 6 '11 at 19:44
I recall it as well. I can't remember if it was a black-and-white film. I keep thinking it was a short story from Twilight Zone. I remember a guy in a bar or restaurant asking for more time, but no one will give him any, then he dies. –  user3912 Dec 22 '11 at 18:10

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Check this out. http://mandrake-comics.blogspot.com/2009/02/time-is-money-short-story-by-lee-falk.html

This is the story I read way back when. The movie should have given credit to this short story.

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Oh my goodness! This is it - but I don't think I would have read it in a Playboy! Thank you! –  NiceOrc Feb 17 '12 at 0:15

No, the movie, like Gattaca, was written and directed by Andrew Niccol.

Although there has been a plagiarism suit filed by Harlan Ellison for the alleged stealing of his ideas from his short story "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman.

Info on the Plagiarism suit

On 15 September 2011, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Ellison filed a lawsuit in federal court in California, claiming that the plot of the 2011 film In Time was based on "Repent...". The suit, naming New Regency and director Andrew Niccol as well as a number of anonymous John Does, appears to base its claim on the similarity that both the completed film and Ellison's story concern a dystopian future in which people have a set amount of time to live which can be revoked, given certain pertaining circumstances by a recognized authority known as a Timekeeper. The suit is demanding an injunction against the film's release.

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And we all know the limited lifespan is totally original. That's why the Sandmen in Logan's Run never had to chase anyone who lived past Last Day and didn't participate in Carousel. –  Tango Oct 28 '11 at 22:35
"Repent, Hallequin!..." has Logan's Run beat by ten years, and is a fantastic piece of writing. We won't be able pass judgement on Mr. Ellison's claim until we get a chance to see the movie. ::checks with Wikipedia:: Well, it has the novel beat by one year. –  dmckee Oct 29 '11 at 0:54
I just saw it. It's really good. You can tell it was by the same person that made Gattaca –  OghmaOsiris Oct 29 '11 at 1:12
Ellison has withdrawn the suit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Time after seeing the movie. –  Melita Kennedy Dec 7 '11 at 16:32

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