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Time Limit (1957)

Approved | | Drama, War | 23 October 1957 (USA)
During the Korean War former prisoner of war, Major Harry Cargill admits to having collaborated with the enemy but military investigator Colonel William Edwards wants the details.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Col. William Edwards
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Maj. Harry Cargill
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Cpl. Jean Evans
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Mrs. Cargill
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Lt. Gen. J. Connors
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Sgt. Baker
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Lt. George Miller
Khigh Dhiegh ...
Col. Kim (as Kaie Deei)
Yale Wexler ...
Capt. Joe Connors
Alan Dexter ...
Mike
Manning Ross ...
Lt. Harvey
Joe Di Reda ...
Gus (as Joe Di Rida)
James Douglas ...
Steve
Kenneth Alton ...
Boxer
Jack Webster ...
Lt. Harper
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Military investigator Colonel William Edwards is assigned a case involving Major Harry Cargill, a Korean War prisoner of war who is accused of aiding the enemy. Although Cargill admits his guilt and Edwards' superiors are impatiently pushing him to move this case to court-martial, Edwards doubts eventually convinces him of Cargill's innocence. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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"He doesn't ever touch me...you'd never know we were man and wife - and you want me to make him talk?" See more »

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Wenn Männer zerbrechen  »

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When Miller throws his punch, it clearly misses to the left even though the victim's head snaps back. See more »

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Maj. Harry Cargill: A man can be a hero all his life, but if in the last month of it, or the last week, or even the last minute, the pressure becomes too great and he breaks, then he's branded for life. You can't ask a man to be a hero forever. There ought to be a time limit.
Lt. Gen. J. Connors: There is no defense for treason.
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Good and still very relevant drama
3 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Richard Widmark, Richard Basehart, Rip Torn and Carl Benton Reid star in "Time Limit," a 1957 drama directed by Karl Malden. It's a small drama, based on a play, and very well done. During the Korean War, a military investigator, Colonel Edwards (Widmark) is assigned the case of Major Cargill (Basehart), who was a POW and is accused of treason. Edwards believes Cargill to be innocent of the charges, even though Cargill admits that the charges are correct.

This story is really about making a humane decision rather than following military rules. Since as I write this we are still at war in Iraq, this film remains relevant. The scenes at the prisoner of war camp are excellent and really give one the feel for what these soldiers suffered.

Widmark, Torn and Basehart are especially good - Widmark is a man looking for the answer and striving to be both humane and fair, and Torn is a witness to what occurred - both give terrific performances. Basehart is effective as the accused, who just wants to plead guilty and not explain his actions.

A very thought-provoking drama, certainly a topic that's been covered in bigger films, but still worth seeing.


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