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It's from the late 80's early 90's I saw it on PBS I think. Everyone had a life clock installed at birth.

Everything bought and sold was with time increments. No one went to prison, time was just subtracted. When you ran out you died. I remember an addict begging for time before they died.

I have been looking for this one for years.

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    Much later (2011), but this sounds similar to In Time. – DavidW Jun 27 at 20:56
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This might be the 1987 short "The Price of Life" which I found referenced on the Wikipedia page for "In Time" (2011).

I have never heard of this, so I'm just going to quote the Wikipedia summary:

The basic premise of the film is that a time account is physically linked to every infant at birth, with death automatic when the balance drops to zero. An elite upper-class is portrayed as living hundreds of years or more. The protagonist is given a certain amount of time as an infant, and as a young boy adds days and years to his time account by buying valuables from people and selling them to visiting tourists from the rich enclave. After his sister dies after gambling away her time, the protagonist (now a young man) sets out on a journey to the enclave of "the Old Ones" in order to save the life of his mother, who is (literally) running out of time. He gets there and meets a beautiful older woman who co-opts him into the immortal lifestyle.

  • @Valorum Nice find, thank you! – DavidW Jun 27 at 21:41
  • It's been on Youtube since 2014 so I assume the rights-holders are broadly happy that it's there. – Valorum Jun 27 at 21:43
  • Fair warning. That opening scene with the baby is deeply disturbing. – Kyle Jones Jun 27 at 21:44
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    @KyleJones - And appallingly acted. Also the special effects are abysmal. – Valorum Jun 27 at 21:49
  • @Valorum In this case, thankfully. I don't think I want to see that with good acting and effects. – Kyle Jones Jun 27 at 21:53

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