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The Killing Time (1987)

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A psychopath murders a man who was on his way to a job as a deputy sheriff in a small California coastal resort town. He takes on the deputy's identity and arrives in town to start his new ... See full summary »

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A psychopath murders a man who was on his way to a job as a deputy sheriff in a small California coastal resort town. He takes on the deputy's identity and arrives in town to start his new "job." What he doesn't know is that the recently appointed sheriff and his mistress are plotting to murder her evil husband and blame it on the new deputy. Written by Anonymous

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To commit the perfect murder, you need planning, guts, and luck. Practically nobody has luck.

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Rated R for strong violence and language, and for some sexuality | See all certifications »
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23 October 1987 (USA)  »

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Kiefer Sutherland's father, Donald Sutherland, portrayed Hawkeye Pierce in the film version of "MASH," while cast mate Wayne Rogers portrayed Trapper John on the television series "M*A*S*H" See more »

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A decent thriller, but directing leaves to be desired
15 October 2012 | by (Estonia) – See all my reviews

Above all, I mean the opening and ending scenes, which could be different: the first killed a lot of thrill for subsequent events, the latter was too abrupt and short. The tensions are also not maintained high throughout the movie and events connected to the past remain vague and uncompleted. Dramatic scenes end as suddenly as they begin and do often not provide additional value to the movie; the plot does not run smoothly, the scenes are rather "minced".

But performances are good (Bridges, Baker, Kath) or great (Sutherland, Rogers); Madsen could have played a bigger part. The Killing Time fits quite well into its title, especially if you like something happening in a quiet American town, without constant chases and bursts.


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