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A Time for Killing (1967)

Confederate POWs escape a Union camp and make for the Mexico border chased by Union troops with both parties oblivious to the fact that peace was declared.

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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
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Cpl. Paddy Darling
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Lt Shaffer (as Harrison J. Ford)
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Owelson
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Zollicoffer
Emile Meyer ...
Col. Harries
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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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Storyline

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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Western

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1 November 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Long Ride Home  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Pathécolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Several weeks into production, when Roger Corman withdrew as co-producer, he was replaced as director by Phil Karlson. See more »

Goofs

In the "night" escape scenes, the sky is shown as blue and white clouds are visible indicating it was shot during the day using a filter to make it appear as night. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Tom Wolcott: Now, we'll catch 'em if we can, but there'll be no crossing that border.
Emily Biddle: One man would. One man would kill Bentley if he had to go to hell to do it.
Maj. Tom Wolcott: Bentley.
Emily Biddle: Bentley would kill Bentley.
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Soundtracks

The Long Ride Home
by Ned Washington, Van Alexander
Sung by Eddy Arnold
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Weak western
4 December 2003 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

Despite his advancing age, Glenn Ford made a number of westerns during this period, this one being one of his weakest. It does have an eccentric cast, most notably George Hamilton, who doesn't fit at well here. It's not that he can't act, but his look and demeanor come off a bit too "nice" for a character who should be meaner and grittier. Oddly, he has much more screen time than Ford, though maybe that's for the best since Ford seems a bit bored and uninterested in the little we see of him. It's not like the script is inspired or anything, giving us weak characters, unfunny comic relief (despite some brutality shown or implied several times), and even offensive racial stereotypes. Not to mention an underwhelming ending that at the same time feels unfinished. The production quality is also surprisingly cheap and sloppy at times, not just with some incredibly bad editing, but with obvious post-production shots and sequences shot in a studio instead of outdoors on location. Probably wasn't the inspiration for the movie "The Hunting Party" made several years later, but who knows.


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