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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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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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Wenn Männer zerbrechen  »

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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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Engrossing Korean War Court-Martial Drama
26 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Richard Widmark exudes concern and empathy as an army colonel investigating the circumstances behind a charge of treason. The film also contains effective performances by Richard Basehart, as the accused traitor, a major who shares a secret he is unwilling to reveal, and a young Rip Torn as a lieutenant who is also willing to keep the secret even though he knows it will lead to a miscarriage of justice. The film is based on a play, and Karl Malden, in his only directing assignment, tries hard to open it up, but most of the scenes take place in Widmark's office, and there are way too many point of view shots of one person talking while another listens. Malden does make effective use of a few flashbacks to a frigid P.O.W. barracks in North Korea, and there are some interesting shots of the military base at Governors Island in New York City, but the film suffers somewhat from staginess. Piercing, discordant, almost alarmingly loud music by Fred Steiner punctuates scenes in the P.O.W. camps, where a complex mixture of motives lead to actions that have devastating consequences.


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