7.1/10
6,018
57 user 56 critic

Bad Timing (1980)

A psychiatrist living in Vienna enters a torrid relationship with a married woman. When she ends up in the hospital from an overdose, an inspector becomes set on discovering the demise of their affair.

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
3 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Four 1950s icons meet in the same hotel room and two of them discover more in common between them than they ever anticipated.

Director: Nicolas Roeg
Stars: Gary Busey, Tony Curtis, Theresa Russell
Eureka (1983)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In 1925, Arctic prospector Jack McCann becomes a rich man when he strikes gold but 20 years later he faces major personal and family problems.

Director: Nicolas Roeg
Stars: Gene Hackman, Theresa Russell, Rutger Hauer
Performance (1970)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out. He finds the perfect cover in the form of guest house run by... See full summary »

Directors: Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg
Stars: James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg
Walkabout (1971)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two young siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Australian boy on "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe.

Director: Nicolas Roeg
Stars: Jenny Agutter, David Gulpilil, Luc Roeg
Track 29 (1988)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A doctor's wife tires of his obsession with model trains, and spends her days wondering about the son she gave up for adoption at birth. While eating at a roadside cafe, she encounters a ... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Roeg
Stars: Theresa Russell, Gary Oldman, Christopher Lloyd
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

Director: Nicolas Roeg
Stars: Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason
The Hit (1984)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two hit men pick up ex-gangster Willie to escort him back to Paris to face his betrayed colleagues. The road trip suffers from complications.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Freddie Stuart, Ralph Brown, A.J. Clarke
Sci-Fi | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts a high technology company to get the billions of dollars he needs to build a return ... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Roeg
Stars: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark
Cold Heaven (1991)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An adulterous woman's faith in God is tested when her husband dies and miraculously comes back to life.

Director: Nicolas Roeg
Stars: Theresa Russell, Mark Harmon, James Russo
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Alex Linden
...
...
Inspector Netusil
...
Stefan Vognic
...
Foppish Man
Dana Gillespie ...
Amy Miller
...
Col. Taylor
...
Hospital Policeman
George Roubicek ...
Policeman #1
Stefan Gryff ...
Policeman #2
Sevilla Delofski ...
Czech Receptionist
Robert Walker ...
Konrad
Gertan Klauber ...
Ambulance Man
...
Dr. Schneider
Lex van Delden ...
Young Doctor
Edit

Storyline

The setting is Vienna. A young American woman is brought to a hospital after overdosing on pills, apparently in a suicide attempt. A police detective suspects foul play on the part of her lover, an American psychology professor. As doctors try to save her life, the detective interrogates the professor, and through flashbacks we see the events leading up to the woman's overdose; her stormy and intensely sexual relationship with the professor, her heavy drinking and numerous affairs, and her estrangement from her Czech husband. A darkly erotic study of several rather unsympathetic characters. Written by Marty Cassady <martyc@bev.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

His terrifying obsession took them to the brink of death and beyond. [Video Australia] See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

25 October 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bad Timing  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First of three collaborations of director Nicolas Roeg and producer Jeremy Thomas. The films [in order] were Bad Timing (1980), Eureka (1983) and Insignificance (1985). See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the movie, when the Czechoslovakian border guard checks the names on his list, the list contains several Czech swear words instead of personal names and occupations ("Mrdac", "Kurevnik", "Prdelac"...). See more »

Quotes

Milena Flaherty: I'll be dead in a minute; just wanted to say good-bye.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Game-On: Bad Timing (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

It's The Same Old Story
Written by Michael Field and Newt Oliphant
Sung by Billie Holiday
Courtesy of CBS Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A brilliant film about emotional instability, love, hate, madness and crime.
21 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I can't wait to see this masterpiece again. I hate slushy romantic flicks but this is not one of them.

The world of people with extremely unstable emotions is brilliantly evoked in this film.

I love the way they are both *so* messed up. There is no happy ending, this is no fairy-tale romance. The constant breakups, the creepy, almost stalking behaviours, the outbursts, the attacks and counter-attacks and violence and general hell that is borderline personality - it's all there.

Russell's character is a complete mess - drunk, angry, crazy - she has a string of boyfriends with whom she rows constantly, she smashes things up, she smashes herself up and generally goes completely ape.

Garfunkel is brilliant - he has much the same trouble as his girlfriend but he *seems* more subdued, although he hides it better, he keeps coming back to her because *he's the same*.

Keitel's detached, manipulating cop who tries to unravel the whole thing is probably his best ever work. He's either the consummate professional, calmly picking up the pieces after some crazy and damaged people have been desperately trying to destroy themselves and each other, or he's a crafty, manipulating, evil so-and-so - you're never quite sure.

If you like seriously messed-up movies, this film is for you!


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?