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A Time for Killing (1967)

 -  Western  -  1 November 1967 (USA)
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During the Civil War Confederate soldiers escape from a Union prison and head for the Mexican border. Along the way they kill a Union courier who has a message that the war is over. Keeping... See full summary »

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Emily Biddle
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Maj. Tom Wolcott
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Blue Lake
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Billy Cat
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Sgt. Cleehan
Richard X. Slattery ...
Cpl. Paddy Darling
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Lt Shaffer (as Harrison J. Ford)
Kay E. Kuter ...
Owelson
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Zollicoffer
Emile Meyer ...
Col. Harries
Marshall Reed ...
Stedner
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Capt. Dorrit Bentley
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Sgt. Luther Liskell (as Max Baer)
Todd Armstrong ...
Lt. 'Pru' Prudessing
Duke Hobbie ...
Lt. Frist
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During the Civil War Confederate soldiers escape from a Union prison and head for the Mexican border. Along the way they kill a Union courier who has a message that the war is over. Keeping the message a secret, the Captain has his men go on and they soon find themselves in a battle with the Union search party who also is unaware of the war's end. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Two violent men... and a violated woman!

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1 November 1967 (USA)  »

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Der gnadenlose Ritt  »

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First credited film role of Harrison Ford. See more »

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When Captain Bentley (George Hamilton) attacks Emily Biddle (Inger Stevens), the Captain rips the entire back of Emily's dress exposing her back. However later in the story, Emily's dress appears good as new with no hint of repair or piecing together. See more »

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[as the cavalry detail approaches the cantina, several Mexican prostitutes meet them on the porch excitedly trying in Spanish to tell them of the trouble the Confederates have caused - one of them approaches Major Wolcott directly]
Maj. Tom Wolcott: What does she want?
Sgt. Cleehan: Sir, they're women... more or less. I don't think they know.
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The Long Ride Home
by Ned Washington, Van Alexander
Sung by Eddy Arnold
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Confederate soldiers led by George Hamilton escape from prison and are pursued by a party commanded by Glenn Ford
12 December 2009 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

During late Civil War some Confederate soldiers getaway from an Union prison and head toward Mexico. Then a battle of wits pits a tough Union captain (Glenn Ford) against sadist Confederate Major (George Hamilton) when the latter abducts his love interest (Inger Stevens) . After that, the infuriated woman seeks revenge on the man who raped her . Meanwhile , a confederate soldier kills an Union courier who holds a message saying that Civil war is over .

The picture contains action Western , continuous horse riding , shootouts and some violence . This violent cavalry-Western and hard on themes is full of noisy action , thrills , chills and results to be quite entertaining , though mediocre . The gratuitous violence brought quite criticism in the newspapers, though the director declared that it was utterly necessary . Harry Joe Brown wrote a personal check to Columbia Pictures for $1,000,000 to cover the costs of going over budget . Good duo protagonist as Glenn Ford and George Hamilton , though make exaggerated acting . It appears credited prestigious secondaries as Timothy Carey , a young Harry Dean Stanton and a youngest Harrison Ford , being his first credited film role . Furthermore , the veteran Kenneth Tobey and Dick Miller , Roger Corman's usual , who appears uncredited as director . Rare and thrilling musical score for an Old West movie . Colorful and atmospheric cinematography by Peach . The motion picture was regularly directed by Phil Karlson . There were no half measures in this filmmaker . He would make adventure movies or violent and noir films . As he directed Western as ¨Gunman's walk¨ , ¨They rode west¨, ¨Texas rangers, ¨Iroquois trail¨ and Gansters genre or Noir films as ¨Phoenix city story¨ and ¨Scarface mob¨ . Failure alternated with hits through his career, though Karlson's direction was more than successful in ¨ Walking tall¨ with invaluable help of Joe Don Baker . Rating : Acceptable Western ; George Hamilton and Glenn Ford fans will enjoy their idols .


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