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Title: A Time For Killing (1967)
Post by: cigar joe on April 19, 2011, 04:32:17 AM
Caught "A Time For Killing" as a part of TCM's Civil War 150th anniversary series of films that had the Civil War as a theme. This an escape and pursuit Western.

The director was Phil Karlson, with quite a cast, Inger Stevens as Emily Biddle, Glenn Ford as Maj. Tom Wolcott, Paul Petersen as Blue Lake, crazy Timothy Carey  as Billy Cat, Kenneth Tobey as Sgt. Cleehan, Richard X. Slattery as Cpl. Paddy Darling, Harrison Ford as   Lt Shaffer, George Hamilton as Capt. Dorrit Bentley, Max Baer Jr. (yes Jethro Bodine from The Beverly Hillbillies) as Sgt. Luther Liskell, Harry Dean Stanton as Sgt. Dan Way.
I missed perhaps the first 20 minutes, but the rest was a very good entertaining Western about Confederate prisoners (including Harry Dean Stanton, and Max Baer Jr. who you wont recognize) escaping led by George Hamilton. Commander Glen Ford with troopers (including Timothy Carey, and Paul Peterson familiar to those old enough from the old Dona Reed show) is in pursuit. In the course of the escape they ambush a Union escort that has Inger Stevens, she is the sole survivor and provides a temptation to the southerners. Hamilton and Stevens are at odds for the journey and Hamilton at a border town Mexican whorehouse looses it and finally rapes Stevens.  Stevens is good in this, a departure from her typecast "ice queen" portrayals.

It makes you wonder why we are not seeing these lesser know good Westerns and the movie channels keep repeating the same rotation of John Wayne/Eastwood films.

The cinematography is good the score nothing to shout about, instead of Henry repeating rifles they are using Winchesters. With out the benefit of seeing the beginning I'll give what I caught an 7.5/10.
Title: Re: A Time For Killing (1967)
Post by: cigar joe on April 19, 2011, 03:14:36 PM
Wonder no longer.

A word of caution, a poster on Imdb pointed out the the first 20 minutes or so of this film is a disaster, initially directed by Rodger Corman who was pulled/replaced by Phil Karlson, There is a lot of head scratching lack of continuity during the escape sequence, Harrison Ford disappears and is never seen again without any explanation, could be the reason that its seldom ever seen, lol.

If all this is true my initial rating will probably plummet South

So anyway if you can catch it on cable do so, don't waste any cash on it.
Title: Re: A Time For Killing (1967)
Post by: stanton on April 20, 2011, 04:45:46 AM
I think this is a messy film which spoils a good story.

Hamilton and Inger Stevens are miscast and Ford seems uncomfortable, at least he gives less than usual. A sloppy film.

4 maybe 5 /10 (Haven't seen it for ages)