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


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 <>

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25 October 1980 (USA)  »

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Bad Timing  »

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Sissy Spacek was the original choice for the role of Milena. See more »


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 »


Stefan Vognic: You must love her tremendously... more even than one's dignity.
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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The psychology of sexual obsession artistically exposed
23 October 2004 | by (Reno, Nv) – See all my reviews

Art Garfunkel in his one great role as an American college psychology professor lusting after student Theresa Russell somewhere in Austria set in the late 70s. The camera work is amazing and keeps the same pace as the subtle plot lines and aesthetically deft sound score. Harvey Keitel plays a systematically intense police detective who has to unravel the near death of Russell following a harrowing sexual attack and drug overdose. Garfunkel is moody, and sophisticated, while never controlling as much as he is controlled by Ms Russell's ingenuous charms. Quite a psychological thriller, and a movie completely in it's own fresh mold. Anybody coming upon this film for the first time will find themselves drawn into the amazing weave which will entice them, and engage self-sexual questioning that is quite capable of opening one's own sexual subconscious. And, just for a treat. . . it almost seems as if every frame of this film is an art-piece in and of itself.

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